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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 322 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good company but could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff RF Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff RF Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology for cellular, smart co-workers, great health benefits

    Cons

    Stifling because you're pigeonholed based on your expertise. Culture doesn't embrace risk taking. Profit margins are too low to truly live the idea that employees are its greatest asset.

    Advice to Management

    Higher more smart creatives (people who are inclined to create and discover) and not simply focus on those who deliver.


  2. "Need strengthen middle level management, not in terms of numbers but quality"

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

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

    Pros

    System for tracking are available

    Cons

    Managers need to be held accountable to help the managees to grow or at least provide guidance for them to grow.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company it used to be. Not bad, but not great!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was one of the greatest places to work.

    Cons

    A lot of IT is finding its way out of the USA reducing in country opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Maximize the value to the stock holder!!!!!


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  5. "Volatile, regular lay-offs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, challenging projects, decent compensation

    Cons

    Volatile environment. Lay-offs happen very frequently and projects get killed. Disagreements with big customers make a big dent on the stock price.


  6. "Engineer sr staff / mgr"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good compensation structure, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy across groups

    Advice to Management

    Need to start keeping empolyee's interest in decision making process.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Not worth it"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel around the world. Used to be able to fly business class. Working with smart and driven people

    Cons

    The culture is absolutely terrible. Within my team, turnover was more than 50% last year. People dropped like flies. Why? Because management only cares about meeting its numbers. They do not care if they kill their staff in the process of doing so, by making them work insane hours and jump through hoops just to meet expectations. As long as they hit their goals and look good in front of their managers, they're happy. Management will lie to you about promotion potential from day 1 (interviews). They will keep dangling the potential to be promoted in front of you, just to get you to work harder for them. In the end, you (along with many others who were promised the same thing) will be sorely disappointed. I joined the company thinking it would be great, that it was the best place to work in San Diego, but trust me, it's not worth the pain, sweat, and tears to have the "Qualcomm" name on your resume.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just talk about promotion potential and caring about your employees. Demonstrate it. Otherwise, no one will have any motivation to work hard, and the company will go down in flames (it already is doing so).


  8. "Endless work. Startup Atmosphere. Strong Leadership."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Community Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management cares deeply about its people. I was told routinely to not work so hard. Hours are completely flexible, but I was part-time and worked from home. They are trying to raise money and bring people to an office full-time, so I guess that will change. Very welcoming to new ideas.

    Cons

    Goals shift fairly often. My job description never really changed. I was always tasked with more or less the same things, so my responsibilities were always the same, but what we were working toward changed fairly frequently. I can't blame them, though. They had very little money and were being pushed and pulled. Startups ...

    Advice to Management

    Get that money and solidify goals so we are all working toward one thing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Very laid back company with a lot of interesting products to work on

    Cons

    Very bad bureaucratic system with lots of legal shenanigans for every thing you do in both software and hardware.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Worst place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, There is nothing good about Qualcomm

    Cons

    Everything is worst .

    1. Salaries are less according to industry standards
    2. Their health insurance is just worst since deductibles started on HSA
    3. Lot of politics in management.
    4. Server SOC team in Raleigh is worst with bad management

    Advice to Management

    First, Qualcomm should train managers. Managers have zero respect and zero appreciation for employees. Specially Server SOC physical design team in Raleigh is worst among all Qualcomm teams. I advise anyone to stay away from this team. I regretted my decision to join them 10 years back. Work balance is zero. You have no freedom on weekends. And at the end, managers will bite you in reviews with worst ratings. Really, nothing is going on good here. I am surprised, such a big company has worst management in history.


  11. "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Work culture is great
    Competitive peers
    Get to learn a lot and use latest technologies

    Cons

    Poor communication from higher management



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