Qualcomm Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
1,590 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.  

    Great place to work but could improve

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good company, very picky

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Customers and result driven

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very strong in SOC hw design. Good work and life balance. Excellent benefits for dependents. Work is very deadline and customer driven

    Cons

    For new hires, sometimes it's difficult to get enough help to ramp up because everyone is so busy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Employees and management are considerate and caring
    Compensation and benefits are above-average

    Cons

    Growth opportunities can be limited, though salary increases are consistent with the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to transfer laterally to gain a better overall experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a large company with many different opportunites.

    Cons

    Qualcomm is a large company with many different challanges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in R&D, Keep rewarding great effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience and smart people. Constantly working with new projects and new challenges as business grows.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great working experiences, smart people, great pay and benefits. Wonderful cross-functional support and teamwork. Exiting company to work for.

    Cons

    Giant company = giant bureaucracy and limited scope. As far as your workplace experience, your mileage will vary, depending on what group you work in and who you work for. There are some wonderful leaders in upper mgt, and also some who really don't deserve to be there. Most higher ranking positions are increasingly filled externally, rather than promoting from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I consistently see poor decisions made by upper management and executives due to the fact that many of them do not understand the repercussions at the working level. In such a large company, executives can easily be removed from the reality and consequences of their decisions. This can be fixed through better information sharing through the ranks, as well as a commitment to internal promotions, rather than external hires into the higher ranking positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years

    Pros

    As a company Qualcomm is a great company to work for. Compensation and benefits are above-average.

    Cons

    Middle managements are bureaucratic and out there for themselves.
    Growth opportunities are limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    pretty good

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as an intern

    Pros

    * Good work
    * Good manager
    * Good pay

    Cons

    * Bad food and it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits, Lots of Indians.

    Cons

    Stock options are limited. Salary below par.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best Internship.

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

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

    Pros

    San Diego, work on challenging projects, people and culture are amazing

    Cons

    Can't think of one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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