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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 332 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Senior engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    No pros, only cons. Huge overtime negative outlook insane lower management dishonest upper

    Cons

    Very disgusting internal politics and company culture

    Advice to Management

    Resign asap to keep your face


  2. Helpful (5)

    "The ship has sunk."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work in some groups. Some smart engineers still in the company. Nice campus in San Diego. Weather!

    5G adoption might be an upside in 2020 possibly.

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to other tech companies.
    Losing talent due to attrition.
    Massive cost cutting.
    Can't attract the best people currently as talent quality is going down.
    Severely understaffed in many groups.
    Cash bonuses and RSUs practically non existent for last few years.
    Leadership lacks vision and is risk averse.
    Horrible medical plan. (Previous plan was great)
    Annual review cycle from twice a year is just a cost cutting tactic.

    Advice to Management

    You have lost and continue to lose talent very fast mainly due to poor compensation, and reduction in benefits/cost cutting. It might already be too late to recover.

    Listen to employee feedback.

    Don't be too over confident and dismiss competitors.

  3. "Excellent Company, Well Organized and Excellent Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MEMS QC, Yield & Failure Analysis in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - MEMS QC, Yield & Failure Analysis in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent and well organized company. Great employee support structure and excellent benefits. Life balance company that supports communities and charity. Company encourages strong cooperation and in my experience colleagues were very supportive. A large corporation with a small company feel as divisions tend to run independently. State of the art equipment and communication- very up to date work environment. Definitely the best company I have worked for.

    Cons

    It would really be hard for me to come up with any negatives based on my 3 years at the company. I'll just talk about their expectations and some history while I was there. Qualcomm does expect most of its employees to be resourceful, independent and hard working. There was a round of layoffs back in 2015 with many of the divisions, as the company was doing some consolidation and focusing more on core businesses. Its not easy to get into this company, they tend to look for the very best. I was fortunate enough to be networked in.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I have none. On the whole, management at all levels communicate well and are responsive. In fact, they go out of their way to help you succeed.


  4. "Overall good company to work with work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can work with very smart and talented people
    Work load is reasonable and good to maintain work-life balance. Good compensation

    Cons

    Hierarchical organization is not attractive for a leading tech company.
    The San Jose building doesn't have any restaurants.
    Not much to complain more


  5. "Good, solid company"

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

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm really values their engineers and tries to keep them happy. Even when upper management makes decisions that might not be the best for the engineers, the lower managers will do their best to argue for the engineers.

    Cons

    Company is growing and slowly turning into another corporate behemoth with all the things that come along with that - less care for individual employees, more focus on profits and less on products, and slower reactions to the market or to changing workplace conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Qualcomm has grown because of their ability to attract good engineers. Don't lose that for the sake of quarterly profits.


  6. "Systems Automation Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Automation Engineer in Red Bank, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Automation Engineer in Red Bank, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice organized company to work with.

    Cons

    I have no Cons working for qualcomm.


  7. "Too many bad hires"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not stressful, great benefits, very good location, many perks, relatively secure job

    Cons

    Too many levels, too much politics, too many bad hires. Mostly working with people with low technical competency

    Advice to Management

    Shrink the levels, give promotions based on merit instead of years of experience, keep employees motivated. Fewer strong and motivated employees

  8. "Excellent and very competitive"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company with a friendly environment, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    weak documentation for the products
    some times not quite fair in the perf reviews


  9. "Good stuff!"

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    Current Employee - Security Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company! Awesome location (HQ) and good people.

    Cons

    Typical large company that grew too fast through tons of acquisitions. Scatterbrained management.


  10. "Terrific place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Team is very helpful and very patient and understanding

    Cons

    No cons as such that I can list


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