Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
1,680 Reviews
3.9
1,680 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 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Intern
    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Intern

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

    Pros

    Open culture. Great compensation for interns.

    Cons

    Some people are racist, not comfortable to work with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those racists.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Qualcomm Response

    Aug 27, 2014Manager Staffing

    Hello. I am sorry to hear you had this experience. If you would like to provide additional feedback or would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact me (Matt Hill) using my contact details ... More

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work at!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Great atmosphere and work culture
    Good pay

    Cons

    None that come to me! Great place to be at!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Government Affairs Intern in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Government Affairs Intern in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm's Wireless Reach division is utilizing their cutting-edge technology in a variety of ways to improve the lives of the global population. The work was both rewarding and interesting. Great group of people to work with. Incredible benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes culture seemed a little bit static, likely due to Qualcomm's long existence.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High caliber people, especially in the research center.

    Cons

    Communication between groups is limited. pay is not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase transparency in which research projects are selected to mature to product level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Was ok..

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    I did not learn much

  7.  

    accounting specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good chance to learn and good benefit

    Cons

    A lot of OT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to start your career, but keep your eyes open for other opportunities

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Casual culture and flexible working hours.
    - Some very smart colleagues.
    - Leader in wireless chipset business.
    - You will learn a lot about the product and how to tackle some complex challenges.

    Cons

    - Experience depends A LOT on what group you are in and how well the work is aligned with your interests. It is very easy to become pigeonholed into working solely on an obscure feature (such as some module of a particular chipset that does X).
    - Effort over results: promotion is largely based on how long you have been at Qualcomm, not necessarily your effectiveness as an engineer. There is also the pressure to show that you have been working hard by sending useless e-mail updates at late hours.
    - Very process-oriented: on an e-mail thread with a technical issue, a common tactic is to incrementally CC higher-ranked engineers/managers to passive-aggressively attempt to expedite progress. What starts as an e-mail exchange about an issue reported by a customer rapidly turns into a 50 e-mail long thread with at least 2 VP-level engineers, 5 senior staff, 10 senior engineers, etc. Too many meetings.
    - Large duplication of effort; there are a lot of similar projects between different divisions, such as QCT and Corporate R&D.
    - Relatively low salary; HR needs offer more compelling reasons to stay at Qualcomm other than the San Diego beach lifestyle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more effective means of solving technical problems other than assigning more manpower to the problem at hand. Hire competent engineers, not obedient engineers.

  9.  

    Very friendly work environment, intelligent coworkers and great compensation.

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly management, great internal programs to promote ideas, and good work-life balance,

    Cons

    Less visibility, takes too long to get promoted or attain visibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Empowering

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot from intelligent people at work
    Fun working atmosphere.
    Diverse Crowd
    Great location

    Cons

    Lot of competition
    Not much growth in few departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great company with truly global scale and ambitions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Talented staff, great learning programs and resources, top compensation levels, opportunity to impact billions of lives through the technology

    Cons

    Top heavy with too many 1) males, 2) engineers, 3) senior titles. Currently undergoing a cull to protect net income figures. Too centralised in San Diego - all other sites/employees are low on priority. Too much politics originating from senior VP's being there since the beginning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in employees with more diverse backgrounds than engineering/finance/law, otherwise you risk losing your creative/innovative dna. Time to grow up from being a family firm to being a truly global company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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