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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated June 11, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 328 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 72 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "pressure cooker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Permanent employees get good salary.Manager was a good person

    Cons

    There are only cons.Pressure cooker environment with little manpower.Super high expectations and impossible targets.


  2. "No growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    no pros, dead end job, full of beurocrisy, no guidance, people taking credit for other peoples work................... Just get out

    ...

    Cons

    Nothing good about this company no pros, dead end job, full of beurocrisy, no guidance, people taking credit for other peoples work................... Just get out

    ...

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking the credit

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's all relative. If you compare jobless to working at Q then of course it's better to have a job. So the pro is at least you have a job. If you don't want a long term career, don't want to be properly rewarded for your time and effort, don't want a interesting job, then it is good for you.

    Cons

    Too many. First of, they have many of their people leave good feedback here to cover up their terrible biz practices. So I would go to other websites and/or get hold of real people working at Q for more accurate info. Overall, don't expect a long term career since the good spots are already occupied by chinese and indian people who are horrible at mid to sir management. Dont expect to get rewarded properly for your time(a LOT of your time) and effort, and when it's time to let people go you are most likely the first since they protect the people in their small circles. They also hire many H1B to replace Americans and/or old people. It's still a bargain to hire young fresh H1B at even the American workers' price since they work extremely long hours so company get huge investment return out of them at the same price, and American workers simply wont work 60+ hours weekly regardless of pay. The reason why H1B work extremely long hours because Q threatens to not petition for H1B their green card unless they work extremely long hours so Q can get much greater investment return, and therefore there is no reason why they want to hire American workers even at the same price. So Green Card IS the ultimate leverage Q has against H1B and highly qualified American tech workers who can't find jobs taken by H1B.

    Advice to Management

    None as they are SIMPLY DESPICABLE


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poor management. No employee appreciation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros that are worth mentioning. If you're looking for work in the Bay Area, I would suggest looking somewhere else.

    Cons

    No employee appreciation. Promotion policies, raises, and bonuses are shocking. Managers are not fit to be team managers. Overall, compensation is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Distinguish team leaders from technical leaders. Managers here are not fit to lead teams and do not do a good job of motivating and helping their employees.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, salary, perks etc.

    Cons

    Cess pool of politics. Indians everywhere. Indians are now in the management position ( VP/SVP/GM -level) and some of them unfortunately cant even write or speak proper English. HR is in cahoot with the management and ignores employees concerns. Too much favoritism and incompetent people gets promoted whereas competent people just because of their physical traits can't get promoted. It is very unhappy place to work.

    Advice to Management

    The management team needs to get trained on how to manage people. Send the management team to English speaking classes so that they can learn how to read, write and improve their communication


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of culture/management issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Smart people
    Interesting technology
    Great facilities

    Cons

    Poor (sometimes abusive) managers are protected and promoted
    Grueling hours
    Cut throat atmosphere


  7. "Disapointed upper managment team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much to say, was good for benefit

    Cons

    The Director of Network team manages the network team with his Asian style, basically treat himself the "god of the team". If you won't make him happy, no matter how good you are, you are at 2nd class citizen of the team. He will prompt you just because he does not want you to escalate to HR. He has smile face when he talks to his bosses. To us, he never ever shows any real respect.

    Advice to Management

    There are many good engineers left the team, not because the money, just because of his management. He gets prompted again? What a joke?!!! He does good job to "clean" the team and make most of people there "worship" him only.

  8. "Engineering Lab technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Lab Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Lab Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is professional work. to work at Qualcomm.

    Cons

    Weakness of management. They have to look in every dimension of work area.

    Advice to Management

    They have to be strong on their management area.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "All about the Benjamins..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you get the right boss, your experience can be pleasant. Unfortunately, in my experience, there are very few good managers at QCOM. And the executives are all heartless, greedy individuals who only care about how many zeros are in their bonuses, while they put a pay freeze and eliminate bonuses for the people who actually are "lucky" enough to not be laid off...

    Cons

    Bad management, so-so benefits that get worse each year as they keep taking more and more away from the employees, too few of people to do the work therefore there is absolutely zero work-life balance. Irwin Jacobs established a company that put people first and money second. Since the Jacobs are no longer running the company, the company treats there people HORRIBLY! In my group, we have 1/3 of the employees as we did 5 years ago and twice as much work. You do the math --- Massive amount of work + a third of a workforce = 80-90 hour work weeks... with no overtime, no bonus, no raise. I wonder why the attrition rate is through the roof, and no one wants to come to the company, so positions stay open for 15 months?????

    Advice to Management

    Buy one less Ferrari or beach house, so that the employees can get their well-deserved raises and bonuses (or at least don't take away our healthcare and SS benefits!) - That is if you don't layoff or outsource my job...


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away from CE Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    While it might be overall a good company to work for , do stay away from the CE group

    1) You can really learn a lot technically , if you are in the right team.
    2) Benefits were good up until 2015
    3) Campus was good
    4) San Diego is amazing

    Cons

    1. For the CE group, basically there is no learning at all.
    2. Expect No work life balance. And i mean No work life balance. You are going to be put on round robin basis, to do weekend support , even on long weekends and holidays. So expect to be on weekend support every 2 or 3 rd week depending on your team size.
    3. Your team leads/managers don't know how to talk properly . Expect to be yelled at frequently.
    4. Full of politics, multiple layers of middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Time you pay attention to the CE group. There are a lot of problems there. Just ask around and you fill find each and every word i said true.


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