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Qualcomm Santa Clara Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  • Work life balance has leaned more toward work in the last few years (in 325 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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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


  2. "Volatile, regular lay-offs"

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    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Which direction for Qualcomm?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm used to be a great company, and remains a technology powerhouse in mobile chips

    Cons

    The trend in the work environment is negative and the benefits are less every year

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving away billions per year to shareholders while you skimp on employees and employee benefits. That is not the road to recovery.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be good, but not now"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relax environment, good overall benefit.

    Cons

    The benefit is going down significantly, such as health care, insurance and so on.
    Especially the pay was way low compared to industry standard. Not to mention that this company needs to compete with a lot of internet company at Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the compensation;


  6. "A good company to work for, but no new innovation happening"

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good scope for working and healthy work culture and good life and work balance. Great start for a fresher to start and build up his profile.

    Cons

    Company has matured and is running out of ideas. Its trying to repackage existing technologies into different products.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box and be ready to take more risks.


  7. "Staff engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name company, beneficial for next job searching

    Cons

    No comments, depending on the project you are working on


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good company overall"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and salary
    great company
    great people

    Cons

    not progressive and open
    management does not care about people
    career development not managed well

    Advice to Management

    give talented people more opportunities and try to keep them


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Less room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation
    Best in the semiconductor industry

    Cons

    too much middle management
    Not great for learning
    easy to get typecasted in certain roles within certain teams
    Santa Clara is the foster child all the action happens in Sandiego so choose accordingly

    Advice to Management

    Should give younger folks a chance to lead


  10. "good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits(leave, 401K, work life balance)

    Cons

    less growth, high level of hierarchy

    Advice to Management

    diversify into different fields outside mobile


  11. "Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Modem Field Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Modem Field Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly competitive environment with talented people helping openly.

    Cons

    work pressure is always high


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