Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
1,640 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world (in 103 reviews)

  • Good chance to work on latest and cutting edge technology (in 100 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 93 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 74 reviews)

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  1.  

    Qualcomm subsidiary, MediaFLO USA intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Qualcomm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Gained useful marketing research experience and an understanding of broadcast media. This was before the rise of iPhone dominated mobile video viewing.

    Cons

    Busy work as it was an entry-level position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work but could improve

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible daily schedules, Great health benefits, bonus and stock twice a year, Lots of perks

    Cons

    Deadline driven burns workers out, Could be more progressive in work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, very picky

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    Former Employee - Engineer I  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer I in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good perks, lots of activities to do when not working or in downtime, and there are lots of resources to learn from.

    Cons

    Most of the jobs are programming based, and most of the employees are on H1B Worker visas because there are not enough skilled American workers, and as a contractor you won't get overtime pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat contractors with as much respect as full time employees get, and hire more Americans who are skilled and qualified and needing work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    senior engineer

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    Current Employee - Product Integration  in  Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Product Integration in Hsinchu (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm is the best company I ever stayed. Nice company culture and good colleagues.

    Cons

    compensation is good, promotion depends on which dept. stayed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more consideration on the career development of the potential talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    start drinking the Qoolaid and kiss goodbye to your family time.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good training, great equipment to use, best of the class knowledge. good managers, great perks. international travel is amazing.

    Cons

    bad work-life balance, super competitive promotions, too much Qoolaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect work life balance. listen to your families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work but Indian office is junk due to inefficient HRs and Stupid Managers

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    - One of the best company in embedded industry
    - Better than average pay
    - Little bit good HR policies (but these HR policies are also available in all good companies so it does not make it stand out of the crowd)
    - Good work depending on teams.
    - Free food
    - Pay and stock options .
    - company is very dynamic .

    Cons

    - Bad work life balance . Indian managers try to boast their performance so they keep the team strength less so work pressure will be more . in US this is not the case so US office is better .
    - All 3rd grade works which are passed on to India for maintenance when they become obsolete (but in most of the companies this is the case in India) , but still there are teams where works are really distributed in equal quality in between us and India .
    - Don't go by the work place rankings because they are too old and valid for US . In India in true sense its a very bad place to work . HR's don't have any voice , if you think Qualcomm has better hr policies then most of the Indian start up s now a days has these kind of policies so this does not make them any different.
    - pay wise also its not that great as now a days you will get similar pay in many companies but yes they pay good amount (not bad)
    - If you have any problem or concern there is hardly any mechanism where it can be addressed , as i said HR department here is useless they don't do anything .
    - Cafeteria food is really bad , Unless you are a bachelor or u have some problem u will never like to eat . even that's worse than college cafeteria.
    - Team outing are plagued by budget constraints, there are 3-4 team outings every year lunch , lunch , half day , full day . half day full day outings are meaningless once you stay more years in company and same thing happens every year . they will take you to a resort but if any sports needs extra payment that cannot be done , So virtually u only goto one place play cricket which normally comes with package and come back. , even no one is interested also .
    - Many managers are with medieval times IT company attitude , they don't see whether work is done or not but they are more interested in keeping you busy . In qualcomm 85% of time u will be busy there will be never a free day , even all the days you have to put more than 10-11 hours for work . but if at all one day you are free if you leave office on time (Not early) then some managers start giving you junk work just to keep you busy .
    - no proper documentation in work you do, so you have to learn all by yourself.
    - Slowly they have made the company like a school with lot of tracking , they are increasing manpower who will track but really less engineers who work below , So its becoming like a reverse pyramid .
    - Ratings are 2 times in year so you will get some hike every 6 months , but ratings does not match with your performance . There are minimum fixed no of cycle after which you will get promotion so its irrelevant if you work word better or bad . if you are top performer also if that takes 2.5 years to goto next level and average performer will make that in same 2.5 years or 3 years in worst case .
    - There is a false hope in some employees also HRs try to show during offer letter that there is opportunity to change teams after you are bored in same kind of work or shift to other geographical locations across sites for your career growth based on your interest . This is almost non existent . Once you apply for team change ,your ratings will be affected by current managers , there are few good managers who will be encouraging you to change teams but that's very less .Opportunity across geographical locations are almost NIL, Don't be fooled by the hollow statements . Now with all checks in India office its almost impossible . Upper management in India has made such process that no one cannot even think to apply across sites ,
    - most of the Indian managers don't have any voice , they are always running the rat race to prove some non existent things . Simple formula is u work on same thing as ur US counterpart is working , then tell Indian upper management that you did it yourself .
    - There are no recreational options with in office , No Foosball table even . There was one Foosball table earlier but as people were playing much it was removed on pretext of productivity , Such is the attitude of managers here .
    - Occasionally there are few activities by HRs like CSR activity , dance etc . but due to enormous work pressure employee participation is NIL , Even people don't get time to attend few HR sessions where they talk about any changes or policies .even your managers will never encourage you for that , But if there are any meeting conducted by your managers manager then your manager will pull you to the meetings to increase the crowd .
    - There are 20+12 leaves per year but most of the times managers start cribbing if you take more leaves . this does not happen in US .
    - US/Canada offices are better as they have better work , better culture and managers are not like Indian IT managers .

    Bottom line is its a good company but a not a best company as believed to be . There are lot of Indian companies now a days who pay similar and also has better work culture and policies . US offices are far better . So if you are looking for job in Indian office join only if you don't have any options .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Indian managers are useless , they know everything and they are too arrogant to accept this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good Salary; Flexible timings; Global exposure

    Cons

    Long working hours; More horizontal work

  9.  

    Its a good company to work but office politics might be the stopping point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lot of learning opportunities, get to work on new ideas and projects. Good pay and bonus structure

    Cons

    Satellite Offices are not good to work for. Review system doesnt work for small offices but is followed as everywhere else. Management needs to review higher Managers somehow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to review higher Managers somehow how they deal with unsatisfied or unhappy employee without blaming the employee at first place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Fast growing company and good benefits

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Heavy load of work

  11.  

    Mixed experience, atmosphere degrading, management focused on growth

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Upper management keeps employees informed on business direction and expectations. On site activities; gym, educational, fun and team building activities

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to shine and contribute outside an extremely small focus. Departments and people within departments are extremely silioed and disjointed leading to duplication of efforts or loss opportunities. People tend to focus on their narrow perceptive versus optimizing as a whole. Too much reliance on outside consultants. People too concerned and focused with trying to keep job. This is very negative for a company with growing revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into why employee turnover exceeds 60% within department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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