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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 334 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 73 reviews)

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  1. "Was a good company"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects; good pay; good location

    Cons

    Hard to keep work life balance

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Flexible work hours
    Nice people

    Cons

    Company not willing to pay for project success parties
    Some people are made to work overtime

    Advice to Management

    Don't make people work overtime

  3. "Good Company to start with"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Takes care of their employees

    Cons

    Only a small % of employees are working on exciting stuff


  4. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work culture, lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits could be better


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Do not pursue employment at Qualcomm"

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Past reputation. If you enjoy spending 50% of your time in conference rooms without windows that smell of mold filled with broken stained chairs and tables that are falling apart - this is your company! Company looks great from afar but once you actually start working it's a different story.

    Cons

    Qualcomm will own you. They will state in your legal documentation that you are free to do what you want on your own time as long as it doesn't conflict with Qualcomm business but if you do you will be fired without notice. Qualcomm wants you to be Innovative, but if you do so on your free time, they will fire you for even working on a simple free app for a cell phone that has nothing to do with their business.

    Their pay is low and their health insurance used to be good but deduct 5k from your salary since they now have a 5k deductible before you get any benefit from their health plan.

    You will be given little or no opportunity to progress your career as promotions as they are issued out as a popularity contest. If you do a great job, work late hours, but don't interface with outside teams you won't even get a chance of being considered for promotion. Leave the company and come back a few years later and they may hire you at a better title, that's really the only way.

    You will be required to work overtime as everyone at Qualcomm is. Qualcomm only allows their time tracking to show 40 hours a week (I can only imagine for liability purposes) so even if you work your butt off you won't be able to prove it. Qualcomm hires a lot of people coming from other countries and works them to death. When employees finally figure that out, they leave which is why Qualcomm has such a large turnover.

    Not a great experience at all.

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe there are actually any managers at Qualcomm. Managers should be interested in helping you career develop and scheduling time to talk to you about your projects and how they can help. I've never had that, Managers at Qualcomm prefer not to be bothered.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Lost its value"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Great work satisfaction
    Working with good set of people
    Fellow employees work well with other people due to mutual feedback system

    Cons

    Top management is not good
    Lots of politics
    Underpaid engineers
    Management does not take care of top contributors
    Management does not recognize loyal people to the company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer (R&D)"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Just bumped up the pay scale.
    If you get a good group, there are good people.

    Cons

    Not that many good projects to work on.
    Company is losing its value.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on culture change. You're never going to attract talent with your dinosaur culture.

  8. "Vice President/General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Sales in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Sales in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, good people

    Cons

    Decision making can be a long process

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Engineering Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Minimal supervision, flexible shift, troubleshooting, fast paced

    Cons

    Minimal supervision, lack of oversight

    Advice to Management

    Closer interactions with team


  10. Helpful (1)

    "exciting"

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    was great company which had excellent benefit and friendly env. the products are exciting.

    Cons

    the business goes uncertain and direction is unclear. many experts are leaving now.


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