Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
1,652 Reviews
3.9
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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 118 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 107 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 103 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 81 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interview

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

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

    Pros

    Good to be in role.

    Cons

    Hectic timings and tooo many calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company to work for

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly co-workers, very good benefits

    Cons

    Try to be too diversified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should concentrate on the core business and trying not to be too diversified

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good interning company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    Good facilities, pay, friendly people. Accomadations.
    Flexible schedule. Regular outings for interns.

    Cons

    Not always best team communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on keeping teams working together.

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  5.  

    Qualcomm is a good company, that values their employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Technician  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Process Technician in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Qualcomm. It was interesting technology to work with. I also enjoyed my co workers.

    Cons

    I have no cons concerning Qualcomm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Qualcomms management is doing a good job.

    Recommends
  6.  

    MST Engineer

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Learn lots of things, good coworkers

    Cons

    lots of overtime job, not much funny things

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    ASIC/FPGA design engineer with big modem design experience

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salaray. Job sometimes chalanging (interesting).

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of stress for no reasom (bad management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to get better technical skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sr. Staff Engg

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    work for a market leader

    Cons

    very deadline driven and fast paced organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to develop culture to spend more time on delivering quality deliverables

  10. 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
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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

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