Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 22 October, 2014
Updated 22 October, 2014
1,686 Reviews
3.9
1,686 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 121 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 110 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 83 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the best companies to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer, Staff in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Engineer, Staff in Ottawa, ON

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Innovation
    - Work satisfaction
    - Good teams to work with
    - Excellent benefits
    - Good management

    Cons

    - Always on the grind
    - Business realignments are very quick

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff, Engineer in Kanata, ON
    Current Employee - Staff, Engineer in Kanata, ON

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

    Pros

    Cutting Edge, challenging environment and good benifits

    Cons

    Hectic, work life balance is not good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    work on the leading technologies

    Cons

    Great company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in Markham, ON

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    Great technology company to work for.Good pay, Benefits

    Cons

    does not provide strong mentorship

    Recommends
  6.  

    Wonderful workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.
    Great people, great culture, great management.
    Startup culture. Attention to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Neutral

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, different and interesting work

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate lower level management to respect employees as people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Student in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Summer Student in Markham, ON

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    Pay, perks, strong work environment

    Cons

    intense hours, not strong mentorship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Test Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best Place to work. Good

    Cons

    Temporary work term. That was the problem.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company ruined by politics and dishonesty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    good money, flexibility in working hours

    Cons

    1.) 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 ManagementAdvice

    Train Chinese and Asian managers on Westerrn culture and values so there is no cultural conflict.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work is challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can get boring.
    Too much red tape.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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