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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
1,840 Reviews
3.9
1,840 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance if you're on the high-level software teams (in 131 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 114 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 90 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good only if you want a famous brand and get associated to some nice techonologies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Training and Learning opportunities are good.
    People recognize your work, from Directors to immediate peer mentor. They allow you to get involved.

    Cons

    The salary is BAD compared to counterparts.
    Growth wise it is not as good, as there are much more positions as compared to US office. So you have a longer ladder to climb now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the salary structure.
    Use uniform positions across offices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Benefits are Great, the cost is Work/Life Balance

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    • 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

    It is true Qualcomm, Inc offers amazing benefits to their employees from Health Care, on-site gym, cafeteria and vacation starts at 3 weeks.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is not a core value. The cost you pay for the amazing benefits are long hours with minimal flexibility on office hours. Alternative schedules are not supported and most often discouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Systems Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Qualcomm as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with new tools and systems

    Cons

    spending too much time in reporting trivial things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what employees want and their suggestions

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  5.  

    Reasonably good

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Work is organized

    Cons

    Not enough development. Wifi team is doing average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    3-4 years in this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    nice enviornment
    good technology and experience in chipset business industry

    Cons

    political
    long decision making process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work at!!

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO (US)

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    The people here are very knowledgeable and helpful. Have a good work/life balance. Plus boulder as a city is a very beautiful place to stay in. Love working here.

    Cons

    Too many product lines to support and not much clarity regarding the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please simply the processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ten years later, productivity stifled with excessive management

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees are trusted. Most policies encourage innovation and ownership. The work is reasonably good. Above all you can always find smart people working with you. Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    This is a large company employee wise. Though this is an engineering company, as with any large human enterprise, the people who are true engineers/scientists are a small minority.
    Constant self-promotion, and telling all who listen, how busy you, are is essential.
    Productivity, per engineer, is low, because of the time spent getting 'visibility' with your upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed layers of management. Expect more, and prize productivity from engineers. Maybe that will free people to develop new products and services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Needs a shake-up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Excellent technology within Qualcomm, good processes, lots of intelligent people. Compensation is good, and there are lots of opportunities to learn and improve your skills.

    Cons

    There's a treadmill at Qualcomm - cell-phones and other such products need to hit the market on schedule every year - this doesn't leave a lot of room for fixing things that are broken, or that much innovation. As well, the best person to do the job this time is probably the same person that did it last time - its easy to get 'stuck'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company talks about diversifying its product orientation at the strategic level - cell phones and tablets are starting to flatten, so where is the market growth? But tactically, they ignore this and keep throwing more resources at the cell-phone centric products rather then real diversification. Even when they do attempt to diversify, there is so much Qualcomm overhead with everything they do (lawyers, export compliance, etc.) that small diversification opportunities simply cannot be successful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    gud to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    gud environment nice people gud value to emploies

    Cons

    i dont find any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gud management

  11.  

    Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, flexible hours, technically challenging work and a fair amount of free activities (music/sports) during lunch hours. Great opportunities to get patents and learn with the internal voluntary employee presentation scheme.

    Cons

    Poor middle management and work life balance - Management are over-subscribing work and the pressure piles on the lower roles. My team were working 12 hour shifts at times, and commonly arrive at 8am and still have an hour conference call to take at 6pm.

    Internal politics are also a joke. Expect to rvsp managers into email to get a reply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to say No to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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