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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 28 February 2015
Updated 28 February 2015
1,905 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.  

    You need to be in San Diego to get the best from Qualcomm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Great people, cutting edge technology, plenty of innovation, your work goes into hundreds of millions of real devices, very open company culture. Salaries pretty good for UK engineering.

    Cons

    Career progression harder/slower if you are not located in (or have the opportunity to move to) San Diego. Poor work/life balance at times. Becoming increasingly 'corporate'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think hard about making the best of the people you have outside of San Diego - especially offering the same kind of career progression and opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Cult of intimidating management

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    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    A large corporation with a lot of potential

    Cons

    Management and HR will resort to any form of intimidation that they need and that they can get away with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I am working on cutting edge technologies and innovative projects. I got a bit of training from the company. I have a few perks such as health insurance. Colleagues are generally helpful and nice. I get to go to the gym at lunch time and Qualcomm pays half of it.

    Cons

    The office looks ugly and boring. The town of Farnborough is not a good place to live. It feels like the people working for Qualcomm in San Diego receive a much better treatment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Helps in shaping the current mobile industry

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    Current Employee - DSP Firmware Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - DSP Firmware Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Your designs are on billions of devices, great technology and engineering concepts applied on day by day basis, opportunity to enhance your curriculum, bonuses and stock options, you can work on challenging projects and schedules and meet some very smart guys (usually from the San Diego HQ)

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, internal career progression and salary increments are limited, lot of pressure to be handled on daily basis, in most cases middle and senior management end up just keeping status of projects instead of doing any actual work, too hectic environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee recognition otherwise after a couple of years you will lose your best employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very friendly atmosphere, great learning opportunities

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Pros

    challenging environment and friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    It was fun working as an intern

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like catching ebola, everyday.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    They pay an acceptable wage, erm they have tea and coffee facilities and toilets

    Cons

    No work life balance, middle management are a bunch of yes men, work was frustrating and largely unrewarding, Qualcomm only happy when all its employees are having mental breakdowns or divorces.
    They have managed through IPR and sharp practice to put all other mobility vendors out of business. Telecoms is now effectively a monopoly with Qualcomm holding all to ransom.
    Farnborough site of QCT is one of the most depressing places I've ever worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I dunno - retire - surely you have enough money by now ? you've only got to kill Mediatek and you have ruled the world !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company with truly global scale and ambitions

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    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Development in London, England

    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
  10.  

    Great Compay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a flexible and interesting company to work for. Typically work is fun with opportunities for learning, travelling and taking on new challenges.

    Cons

    Often open offices are used (benefit for some I guess) and depending on which location you are in opportunities for switching projects or advancement may be limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very ethical, market leading high tech business

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, strong values, business doing very well, good opportunities if you work hard. Employees are extremely friendly and culure is very open and relaxed

    Cons

    can be difficult to find people who will make a decision, still very US centric, growing consistently outside of the US but good proportion of the work force are based out of company HQ

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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