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Qualcomm San Diego Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf
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  • Work life balance was out of whack (in 370 reviews)

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

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  1. "Principal Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Good benefit; good pool of talents

    Cons

    - Culture has a lot of bureaucracy and lots of inefficiency


  2. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Benefits, Good Location, Good Projects

    Cons

    Too fast, no time to go in depth, aggressive management

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    The work is exciting and always changing
    The benefits are better than average

    Cons

    A lot of uncertainty about the future direction of the company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate as openly as possible.


  4. "Great Company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Products. Great Technology. Great Career Prospects

    Cons

    Not really. I wish they gave free lunch


  5. "Good place to start!"

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    Former Contractor - Temporary Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Temporary Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of hands on work. It's based on which team you would work with. Some managers are really good, would see your abilities and put you in right direction.

    Cons

    Work is repetitive after couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers.


  6. "Good company overall, exciting innovative culture"

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology development, decent salary and bonus, benefits package is great, management has stepped up direct employee communication, recent efforts to improve work-life balance.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic systems evolved as company grew need to be streamlined, consensus decisionmaking pushed too far and should be delegated downward to keep up with more nimble rivals, stock plans for non-executives are not generous.

    Advice to Management

    Resolve licensing dispute with Apple NOW. Take a haircut and move on, the stock price will rebound anyway since lower QTL revenue is largely already built into the price. The hostile takeover action will become too expensive.


  7. "Talent Acquisition Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance- Relaxed middle management
    San Diego Location- relatively inexpensive among other tech leader- locations
    Industry Leader and easy to stand behind the producy
    Very flexible internal movement

    Cons

    Compensation is well below market-ratio
    Limited resources for new iniatives
    It takes a long time to implement change since the organization is top heavy
    Diversity initiatives are strong but there are not enough employees to actually support and implement change

  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Test Equipment Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Test Equipment Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Morale is good. Fun people to work with. A lot of projects to work on. Leadership is good. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Not much. A little stressful at times but not too bad. Meetings are a waste of time unless you have the right person running it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Well compensated, but highly stressful"

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are very smart and talented.

    Cons

    If a big customer demands something at the last minute, prepare to work all night and through weekends. This is not a rare occurrence.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's still who you know"

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    Former Employee - Planner in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Planner in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources; worked with alot of highly intelligent people; made life long friends & connections.

    Cons

    Management. It's still a who you know, not what have done & are doing. Management is not consistent will all...period

    Advice to Management

    Honestly it's not managements fault as the company gives them too much freedom.


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