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Updated March 1, 2017
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  • Work life balance is a major con (in 308 reviews)

  • No work life balance, personal life takes a major toll (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "IT Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, bonus program, benefits, communication, physical environment, great business analysts

    Cons

    Culture, command and control culture, inflexible management style

    Advice to Management

    There are other important parts of the business besides engineering, and they are being smothered by oppressive management


  2. "Sr Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for cellular technology. Departments vary by their style. QCT is aggressive and driven deadline. The rest of departments are generally known to be more relaxed then QCT. More politics emerging with restructures. Good technology experience

    Cons

    Thick management, burecrautic, at times hostile, tougher for woman (not a strong network)

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings, more empowerement, need more diversity, benefits and recognition areas could be improved


  3. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Challenging, exciting work
    - Good work-life balance
    - Flexible hours
    - Working with cutting-edge technology
    - Company makes good effort to keep employees informed

    Cons

    - Used to have the best health care; not anymore
    - Team doesn't interact informally much.
    - Bad cafeteria food; not many options


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not the same place it used to be"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good compensation (at least at higher titles), flexible hours and a casual workplace

    Cons

    Have lost faith in leadership at VP-level and above. Very little to no coordination of strategy and VPs that simply don't understand modern software development practices. Additionally, the company no longer cares about the employees. Focus is on cost cutting, moving jobs overseas, and treating people like cattle. Employees used to be valued, and given the tools and resources build their career.

    Advice to Management

    Really need some cross-functional leadership that truly understands software development.


  6. "senior engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Works on new and innovative technology. 3weeks off for first year

    Cons

    Typical political culture. Bonus is dependent on which team you work for. Software people get more benefits


  7. "Great place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director Technology in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Technology in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for work life ballance

    Cons

    The culture will take a bit of getting used to.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Staff Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not Sure
    Salary increased
    Benefit decreased

    Cons

    Too Much politics ..
    Veterans don't want to leave their position and do politics .. most old employees are technically incompetent

    Advice to Management

    Reduce upper management, Directors. They don't work and have lot of free times to give engineers hard time who actually works


  9. Helpful (2)

    "You must be politically and technically savvy to survive ."

    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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Many interesting technical project. Always on your feet working. Flexible hours. Casual environment. Open door policy. Opportunity to travel business class if you like traveling.

    Cons

    Too much politics. If your work ethic is to just focus in getting your work done this is not the right place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize politics


  10. "Good people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Met a lot of nice people within the company. Benefits generous for the size of the company.

    Cons

    Does not seem to value resources acquired from acquisitions.


  11. "Great company & location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities and stable job

    Cons

    Depends on teams, but some teams have really bad work hours - go in late & leave late



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