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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 25 November, 2014
Updated 25 November, 2014
1,734 Reviews
3.9
1,734 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 123 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 114 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 85 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Staff Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Edge of Technology
    Leader in the field
    Great Atmosphere

    Cons

    Long Hours and Work Pressure
    Shrinking deadline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please increase the resource due to the shrink timeline and deadline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fulfilling

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on cutting edge research and create a huge impact

    Cons

    Working on product department can be challenging due to long working hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Staff Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    It is a nice company with good team members

    Cons

    The campus is too huge and we need the commute bus to join the meetings in other buildings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great work environment, enriching and satisfying experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CPU Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - CPU Design Engineer in Raleigh, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    great pay, great team, great challenges, lots to learn

    Cons

    occasionally schedule gets hectic and have to burn the midnight oil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company at the heart of the mobile device revolution!

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    - Company products are in devices that everyone uses
    - Company delivers very complex solutions for very demanding customers
    - Very good chance for traveling on the job

    Cons

    - Has grown into a very large company, so your mileage will vary
    - Large corporate feel, politics can be a factor, less than ideal collaboration between teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more forthright in discussing the business in terms of ongoing challenges and competitors. Be more willing to take risks in growing the business with new product categories

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting high tech company with attractive benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    You will have fulfilling experience of playing your part in enabling the leading mass market mobile technologies, and good learnings

    Cons

    Often you can be bypassed easily and recognition for your contributions is not so straight forward. Moving to next level can be hard as company gets saturated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle level management needs more open-minded and performance based.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    competitive place
    latest technology
    nice city
    good techies
    good learning

    Cons

    slow growth
    politics
    bad work life balance
    neutral compensation
    less diversified products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits & great salaries.

    Cons

    need to work till late nights and over the weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Leader in wireless.
    Great wireless course offers additional learning opportunities.

    Cons

    You will work on a specific area, You need to take initiative if you like to get exposure to more work areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good technical culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great benefits. Promising future, but may have peaked already.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are really good - haven't seen many other competitive employment packages except for maybe Google or a handful of others. No longer offer stock options, but RSUs. Employee stock purchase plan is standard for tech companies.
    Work life balance is good (depending on your manager/group).
    Mostly positive atmosphere. People are smart, so it can be challenging to move up.
    Everyone used to have his/her own office - this is changing as many groups are forced into cubicles or offices are now becoming shared. Offices with windows are given according to title and seniorlty, though there are exceptions with up to 3 people sharing a larger corner office in some cases.
    Gyms are nice, clean and well equipped. Pool and volleyball courts are nice.

    Cons

    As with all companies, some people are difficult to deal with. Work is demanding and very challenging at times. Time management skills are a must. Also learning to say NO when appropriate is a good skill to have....Lots of politics especially at the corporate levels.
    I came to the company when it was relatively small. Its now a grown up company and things have become more like other bigger companies which have a tendency to move slow on decision making abilities. Also, jobs have become a lot more silo'd and it means that changing jobs can be difficult if you don't know the hiring managers/group. Not enough worker recognition/individual contributor awards. Some groups don't offer any Qualstar awards even if you've busted your butt to achieve a goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your teams by setting specific attainable goals. Don't hide the agenda or at least have your own agenda that only benefits you or your team. Teams and divisions need to collaborate more to reach a common goal. Share information for the benefit of the greater good.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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