Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
1,696 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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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    amazing Career growth

    Cons

    IT department is not treated the same as other departments. More preference given to engineering departments and teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Exciting fast-paced environment. Innovation wireless communication products with state-of-art process technology. Great benefits.

    Cons

    long working hours (50~60hrs/wk still not enough), very tight NPI schedule. managers no patients for slow progress and lack of tolerance for errors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent in training, tons of technical material available for employee for self training in Qualcomm library including live video.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Internship!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great city, great company. Culture is a little iffy

    Cons

    Very long hours for full-timers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide snacks for those who stay past 5!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    + Work life balance
    + Good pay
    + Great benefits
    + Good, smart people
    + Stability

    Cons

    - Lifers are dragging the company down. They fill up the middle management ranks, and prevent new employees from rising up.
    - Lack of growth opportunities
    - Dry, boring company culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat. Get rid of the lifers who have been sitting on their laurels for a decade. Make room for the new generation of motivated engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great!

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a great company to work for !

    Cons

    No cons, Qualcomm is a great company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place, learn much.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    A very good place especially if your major is wireless communications under EE/ECE in PhD. You can use what you have learned into practical product in reality.

    Cons

    Kind of busy in work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Latest technology but too much management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Latest technology, good benefits, established company

    Cons

    Hierarchical management, too many managers, politics, too many meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce vertical hierarchy, increase technical leads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not much impressed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Bing Brand name
    - If you are Electrical Engineer, you will work with excellent technology

    Cons

    -Pathetic management
    -No work-life balance
    -Too much politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of newer employees rather than focusing on giving out bonuses to senior management people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    integration of Qualcomm w/ Atheros

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    good medical benefits and fitness center.

    Cons

    low salaries, bad mgmt style. It very barbaric, very rude. It is always yelling contest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should look at Google and learn something that innovation doesn't grow on trees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be ..."the place to be in San Diego"!!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are phenominal! Most Managers are very flexible when it comes to personal appointments.....in 15 years, never had a vacation get rejected....or any other time off for that matter.....Had to work from home sometimes, not an issue either.....Need office supplies? No problem....order anything you want.

    Cons

    Culture changed when the son, Paul Jacobs took over.....instead of wanting to come to work...you dread it.....you are now just a number.....work life balance is gone.....many programs were cut.....they are ALL about pleasing stock holders and they are happy to show you the door if you are not "one of the gang"......Engineering side is horrible! Engineers are often burned out and the Sr VP of Engineering is an absolute a-hole.....talk about a guy that has no life....no wonder his wife and kids bailed.....

    Believe it or not, they really don't pay well....San Diego thinks the sunshine and nice weather pays your bills....so they pay you about 25% less than the bay area, but it is just as expensive to live there......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the vision Irwin Jacobs had....which was work-life balance, make it fun, and make sure your people are #1......that will never happen again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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