Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 27 April, 2015
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  1. Test Engineer

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best Place to work. Good

    Cons

    Temporary work term. That was the problem.

  2. Helpful (8)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Work is challenging

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Markham, ON

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can get boring.
    Too much red tape.

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  5. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Markham, ON

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sometimes over loaded with tasks.

  6. Engineering intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    No advice

  7. Overall nice

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Markham, ON

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    cutting edge of technology
    great experience and generally great people

    Cons

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Interesting and rewarding job under constant high pressure

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Markham, ON

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Improve planning and resource accunting. Get teams communicate between each other.

  9. Very good environment and experiences

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart and focused people to work with.
    Lots of resources available for research, professional development, etc.
    Very open and enjoyable environment to work in.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very poor during "crunch" times and could be improved in general.
    Work hours and work load is highly team dependent.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing well in its attempts to accomodate to the needs of employees, but it should communicate with employees even more effectively.

  10. Sr Engr

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good salary package
    leading the technology

    Cons

    limited growth in the title

    Advice to Management

    reduce the management size

  11. Fun company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, creative work. Lot of independence in executing tasks. Good healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of other benefits such as subsidized day care, lunches, etc.

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