Qualcomm Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
1,696 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 121 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 110 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 83 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, I love it here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer/Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm in general has a strong culture and genuinely seems to care about its employees. They provide a lot of opportunities for development, and good compensation, especially for strong performers.

    Cons

    Perhaps this is typical of large companies, but they need to look at trimming the fat in mid management levels. There are too many people with minimal contributions who have their position merely because of seniority and playing political games. On the positive side, it seems like efforts are being made in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat, and make sure to take care of your best people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Good culture.Good culture cood culure.

    Cons

    Too much work is schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Bright people,
    Great business model

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Smart people
    Excellent benefits
    Good salary

    Cons

    I had to think about these and they are minor compared to others
    Insular management
    Long hours
    Lots of travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management believes engineers know it all and don't respect business intelligence.
    Believe things could always be better, but I would put this company in the top 1%

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company! Best Employer in San Diego

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Finance in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Finance in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. Twice yearly reviews with raises and bonus. Up to 5 weeks vacation a year, + 12 paid holidays. Promotions are easy at the lower levels but hard to get as you mover up in the company. Very low attrtion shows people really enjoy working for the company.

    Cons

    Very low attrition shows the company is great to work for, but it also has created a bottle neck at the middle management level of the company. The hours can be long during crunch time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget that is was the large investment in R&D that has made the company so successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I interned at Qualcomm during summer 2014 and it was wonderful experience. Very technical company, even at manager level

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

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

    Pros

    San Diego is a great place to work and Qualcomm seems to be a be stable company for now

    Cons

    Base pay not so high compared to other bay area companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Get to work on cutting edge technology

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, good work-life balance, innovating environment, management is good too.

    Cons

    Less competitive salary compared to other companies, relocation not so easy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative, inclusive work culture and very good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on new technology, skills and products in the mobile space. Very good on job training and a immense library and training resources. Good work and life balance in some divisions.

    Cons

    Promotions and career growth considerations are mostly on how much you can market yourself and communicate your work and accomplishments with cross functional teams in your organization. This might be true in most big corporations. Non-core business divisions are ill funded in R&D and not a very cooperative environment between divisions. Lot of upper management have been with the company very long compared to other companies, that impedes career growth and more work per engineer at lower levels with the resource and budget constraints.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    Great. Good opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Competition and disorganization are high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    It is stable company to work

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An amazing place to work. No place is perfect, but this is about as close as it gets.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    A focus on the employee and the quality of their life while at work and at home. Excellent benefits, great services at work - health clinic, gym, etc. Movies shown in company theater. Ceremony for veteran's day. Paul Jacobs was a very engaged CEO. Would talk to any employee. Would see him in meetings with all levels of employee. He loved getting his hands dirty with the engineers. Tons of respect for him.

    Cons

    Very much an engineering culture. If you aren't an engineer you can be made to feel stupid. Hard culture ot break into. Many people have worked there for their entire career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve the culture of caring for your employees at all costs. You can't put a price on it and you do it better than enywhre I have ever worked!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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