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Qualcomm Senior Engineer Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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  • Work life balance was out of whack (in 367 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best company to work for if interested in Wireless Communication.
    Work on the cutting edge of mobile SOC development.
    San Diego is a great place to live in.

    Cons

    Huge company so things move slow and processes are sometimes bureaucratic.
    The pay is low when compared to other leading companies and competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get Mojo back.
    Figure out a way to diversify business.
    Find alternative to Patent licencing model which is subject to so much litigation.
    Find a way to collaborate with friendly customers to weaken unfriendly customers.


  2. "Good work place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefit, salary and bonus. The project is most advanced technology in wireless industry.

    Cons

    Not enough chance for me

  3. "It can be great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work
    Industry Leader in modem technologies
    Decent Pay and benefits

    Cons

    Depending on job profile, work can get monotonous
    Nepotism exists
    Promotions not easy if you don't know the right folks

    Advice to Management

    Make promotions more transparent


  4. "Peer Group"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good peer group. Highly motivated team members

    Cons

    Average perks, other than that it is OK

    Advice to Management

    Competitive pay packages to retain talent


  5. "work/life balance is improving"

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

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

    Pros

    if you going to stick to wireless, no other place to go

    Cons

    still need to improve more on work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    cut all the overhead; less lead/manager/meeting


  6. "Great place to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of area to explore.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be horrible.


  7. "Contract rates $56 an hour"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The type of work is engaging.

    Cons

    Contract rates too low for U.S. contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors may work 3 to 6 months out of the year and are never guaranteed an extension. To pay $50 an hour for a Senior level engineer is like paying less than $50,000 a year. The pay is way below market value and I’m having to continually turn down development opportunities from Qualcomm because of it. The market rate that Qualcomm refuses to pay while outsourcing and offshoring to cheap labor is $120 an hour to $145 an hour. Some make $175 an hour for shorter contracts.

    Qualcomm is paying $50 an hour and Indian contract houses are failing to pay American labor and have a 50%+ margin.

    Companies like Qualcom, AMD, Dell, and NXP engaging in this salary cap should be investigated by the federal government. This is no different than caping automotive part prices preventing competition and is a form of racketeering and a violation of anti-trust laws. Why the government does not hold corporation accountable is because of corporate lobbyists and no doubt kick backs to politicians at the expense of American labor. Democrats and republicans are both responsible for this failure.

  8. "Sr. Staff Engineer/Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology R&D is amazing and great customer base.

    Cons

    Not good salaries and work life balance is bad.


  9. "Qualcomm"

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

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

    Pros

    balance of work and life load

    Cons

    not high cash bonus


  10. "Senior Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great, smart, driven but not cocky people, cutting edge technology,

    Cons

    Bonus and Base pay can be better

    Advice to Management

    Bring back twice a year review cycle