Qualcomm
3.9 of 5 1,255 reviews
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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated Apr 17, 2014
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3.9 1,255 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf

Steve Mollenkopf

(18 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world"
    in 84 reviews
  • "Great Benefits, Great People, Great Challenges - Innovation"
    in 108 reviews
Cons:
  • "Hard to strike a good work/life balance if you want to keep advancing"
    in 74 reviews
  • "I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases"
    in 64 reviews
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Wonderful workplace

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Markham, ON

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat technology company to work for. Challenging and interesting. Very good to anyone who loves engineering. Best in field.

ConsNo cons that I can think of.
Great people, great culture, great management.
Startup culture. Attention to employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good

Summer Student (Current Employee)
Markham, ON

I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern

ProsPay, perks, strong work environment

Consintense hours, not strong mentorship

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Neutral

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood pay, benefits, different and interesting work

ConsLots of overtime, some managers are not prepared to be managers, "wild" Asian culture is in an effect with some leads/managers

Advice to Senior ManagementEducate lower level management to respect employees as people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Test Engineer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor for less than a year

ProsBest Place to work. Good

ConsTemporary work term. That was the problem.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company ruined by politics and dishonesty

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

Prosgood money, flexibility in working hours

Cons1.) There is higher than usual amount of what I would term vicious politics (its like a war in a zoo honestly); my direct superior distorted information constantly before giving info on project progress to middle management thereby making the real person doing the work look bad to make them look good - they will constantly throw you under the bus.
2.) Lack of transparency and dishonesty; lots of closed door meetings where you are excluded because its more politics than work.
3.) Backstabbing & gossip - lots of it.
4.) Your direct report may not want to share knowledge necessary to do the work because they fear you will take over their own jobs, for the same reason they will not document work.
5.) Culture clash - if you must work here you must be well versed in Chinese/ Indian values/ culture, for example, if you say what you honestly think and are completely honest, it may be considered a 'loss of face' and you will be punished. You dare not argue a valid point with superiors too.
6.) Bad staff are let to stay because they are friends of management.
7.) Limited chances for career advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain Chinese and Asian managers on Westerrn culture and values so there is no cultural conflict.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Markham, ON

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

ProsGood work/life balance. Excellent work/team environment. Great management.

ConsSometimes over loaded with tasks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work is challenging

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Markham, ON

I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for more than a year

ProsWorld leader in phone processors, so there's stability.
Challenging work

ConsCan get boring.
Too much red tape.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Engineering intern

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Qualcomm

ProsExcellent facilities for interns like free accommodation, free surfing lesson, baseball games and lots of social activities.

ConsProjects are not very challenging for graduate students, more suitable for an undergrad student.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice

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Overall nice

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Markham, ON

I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

Proscutting edge of technology
great experience and generally great people

Consstressful work environment
long hours
perks don't necessary offset lack of overtime pay

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Interesting and rewarding job under constant high pressure

Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Markham, ON

I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

Pros- Interesting projects and assignments
- Very professional and knowledgeable people
- There are many chances to show your abilities
- Compensation is quite good

Cons- Very high work load and constant pressure because of changing priorities
- Not sufficient resources to handle all work
- Poor communication between teams
- Poor planning
- Hard to get promoted

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove planning and resource accunting. Get teams communicate between each other.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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