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Internship at Qualcomm

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Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA (US)
Current Employee - Interim Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA (US)

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

Pros

1. Great Intern treatment.
2. Responsibility to do something the team depends on and not just some random testing stuff.
3. San Diego..!! :p

Cons

1. The pay during the internship was adequate but the full time offer was below par.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You guys are doing great with the entire experience. The only thing lacking is the compensation (which could be improved to par on other similar companies like nVidia)

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    A good company to work but be prepared for a heavy workload

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good incentives. And the review cycle is once 6 months. Also San Diego being a little cheaper place, it's an awesome company to work for.

    Cons

    Too many meetings at Qualcomm. Almost nothing happens in most of the meetings but you are supposed to attend them. Once you learn how to manage your time it gets easier. ALso the workload is too much especially when a new modem comes up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Qualcomm has become a factory, there is no work life balance

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer Senior in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer Senior in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    You are working with the undisputed leader in the wireless and mobile market.
    Great name to have on the resume.
    Free breakfast , lunch , snacks, soft drinks, cab facilities and on site gym.
    Working on cutting edge technologies.
    Very good base compensation. RSU's are absolutely amazing , they simply cannot be matched by any VLSI company.

    Cons

    Extremely long working hours especially in the Physical Design group. You can end up working 100 hours week along with full night outs. Even after doing a night out , you might still be bashed by your manager for not doing this and that.

    Because of the aggressive work schedules , people are expected to be available almost every time, whether its late night or weekend or holidays. Management is treating engineers like slaves. Forget work life balance, this is not the place to be in when you have a family.

    They do not care whether you are sick , or dying due to a heart attack, they will still call you to check the ETA of your deliverable!

    Due to big volume of work, quality takes a beating, the emphasis is on 'somehow' completing your work, and the only thing discussed in the meetings is ETA. Everybody is working in a factory mode, slogging round the clock , without any innovative thinking. This place works likes a factory!!

    Generous RSU's and their vesting period are one big reason why people wont leave Qualcomm even with this bad culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the wireless market might have become fierce, you cannot treat people like slaves just by giving them big RSU's. Engineers have to be respected.
    Better planning and execution is the way to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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