Qualcomm Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated 18 October, 2014
Updated 18 October, 2014
1,678 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 119 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 106 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 84 reviews)

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  1.  

    Get to work on cutting edge technology

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, good work-life balance, innovating environment, management is good too.

    Cons

    Less competitive salary compared to other companies, relocation not so easy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Good culture.Good culture cood culure.

    Cons

    Too much work is schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    Great. Good opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Competition and disorganization are high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    It is stable company to work

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An amazing place to work. No place is perfect, but this is about as close as it gets.

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A focus on the employee and the quality of their life while at work and at home. Excellent benefits, great services at work - health clinic, gym, etc. Movies shown in company theater. Ceremony for veteran's day. Paul Jacobs was a very engaged CEO. Would talk to any employee. Would see him in meetings with all levels of employee. He loved getting his hands dirty with the engineers. Tons of respect for him.

    Cons

    Very much an engineering culture. If you aren't an engineer you can be made to feel stupid. Hard culture ot break into. Many people have worked there for their entire career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve the culture of caring for your employees at all costs. You can't put a price on it and you do it better than enywhre I have ever worked!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Internship!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Innovative, inclusive work culture and very good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on new technology, skills and products in the mobile space. Very good on job training and a immense library and training resources. Good work and life balance in some divisions.

    Cons

    Promotions and career growth considerations are mostly on how much you can market yourself and communicate your work and accomplishments with cross functional teams in your organization. This might be true in most big corporations. Non-core business divisions are ill funded in R&D and not a very cooperative environment between divisions. Lot of upper management have been with the company very long compared to other companies, that impedes career growth and more work per engineer at lower levels with the resource and budget constraints.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place, learn much.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Qualcomm is a company dedicated to work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The facilities are great, the teams want to innovate, and the company has a family like culture

    Cons

    the traffic is a nightmare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    No work-life balance in QCT and Target SW division

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Review done every 6 months...good benefit package.

    Cons

    Lots of late hours and weekend work expected from most engineers and sr engineers...bad managers with bad people skills carrying out directions and pushing it down to whoever...no work life balance at all. HR will mostly take management side...I saw hired consultants not getting paid for weekend work, management wont approve their hours. Maybe ok if you are not working for QCT /Target SW division...not worth sacrificing family time just for the great benefit package...there are plenty of othe companies in San Diego who will pay more salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop some people skills. Treat employees as you want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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