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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  • Work life balance was out of whack (in 362 reviews)

  • No work-life balance and highly demanding (in 76 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineering intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing housing, lot's of intern events with free food.

    Cons

    Lot's teams that do low level programming.


  2. "Sr Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Good career growth, the company is on the right path to dominate 5G.

    Cons

    Pay is not top notch. Total package is not as good as Fackbook , google, Apple and Amazon

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay as you are competing with Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for the top talents

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too much politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits if you are in senior level.

    Cons

    A lot of managers are fighting for promotions and titles.


  4. "Associate Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    1) Good work. Good research.
    2) Friendly Environment.
    3) Well Organised.
    4) Goodies.

    Cons

    1) Work-Life balance.
    2) Many projects.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing at this time I can think of.

    Cons

    No Innovation or Creative Work.
    Most of the top management are not technical.
    Lot of politics.
    It is going to be next Nokia.

    Advice to Management

    Time to realize and infuse new blood at top management and technical levels.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Used to be # 1 before

    Cons

    Bad recrutements, lack of whites.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Staff hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice and friendly colleagues and managers, very easy to communicate and offer help when needed.
    Great benefits, especially the health plan

    Cons

    Poor work- life balance, too much work on too few resources’ shoulder. People are leaving, at least partially due to the large amount of work, endless meeting, late night conference calls and etc. Meeting scheduled for 1 or 2 hour usually ends up taking more than four hours in the evening time with Asian team. Don’t expect to take fallibly responsibility such as pick up kids from school and etc if you work in the hardware ( especially the chip) team.

    When people are leaving, no new resource is in and the people retain has more in his plate, until he got burn out and also decides to leave, this forms a poor loop..

    Too complicated design flow. Even re-use an IP and doesn’t make any change, the long checking list from design review is impossible to finish during normal hours, not talking about new IP development. Mid management continues to add items on the checking list to address new poped up bugs in product, without adding new resource, they just want to make sure new items are added that can catch the bug, don’t care how much more execution work added on engineers. And they don’t ever consider some items on the check list is not necessary and can be removed/replaces by the new added ones. The results are the list getting longer and longer, engineers who execute the work are more and more overloaded, until burn out.

    Compensation is, if not poor, at least not good. Compensation is competitive if compared with average semiconductor industry, but since Qualcomm looks itself as tier one semiconductor company, HR should compare the compensation with top companies such as Apple, Broadcom, TI and etc. Before joining QCOM, I worked for another large IC company in a low cost state, my first year package after graduation is more than the first year at Qcom, when I already have couple years experience. Ironic, right? At 2015 year end, after one year hard working, bonus is only 3 digit number, yes, you read correctly... this is in San Diego, a high living cost place.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the engineering flow or hire more resource
    Reduce the number of meetings, and accurately control the meeting time.
    Raise compensation to the level that tier one IC company pays
    CEO seems quite technical but lacks business vision.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Status readers"

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits
    work-life balance
    work on good technologies

    Cons

    too many status readers
    dont care about actual work done
    too much politics
    bad people steal your work.

    Advice to Management

    give credit and promote actual working people.


  9. "One of the best companies if you are hungry to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenges, responsibilities, very tight project/feature deadines

    Cons

    too much work, difficult to have work life balance

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Senior Staff Hardware Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It offers opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies for cellular network. The group is great and very conducive.

    Cons

    There is limited growth opportunity due to large groups. The projects are too large taking years to finish, before you are assigned to a new project. I feel compensation can be improved.


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