Qualcomm
3.9 of 5 1,253 reviews
www.qualcomm.com San Diego, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf

Steve Mollenkopf

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Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance, stable company, great sense of contribution to the world"
    in 84 reviews
  • "Great Benefits, Great People, Great Challenges - Innovation"
    in 108 reviews
Cons:
  • "Hard to strike a good work/life balance if you want to keep advancing"
    in 74 reviews
  • "I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases"
    in 64 reviews
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Very ethical, market leading high tech business

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood 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

Conscan 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Associate Engineer (Current Employee)
Hyde, England

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

Pros1. Flexibility of time. But that doesn't matter in your initial days where your concern should be learning rather than anything else.
2. Somewhat a little bit of high pay from other industries.
3. Even if you cannot work you some get exposed or be aware of latest technologies and developments.
4. The management spent a lot on external trainings which I see a very foolish way of spending money. They will come for a weeks training in India but you will not be able to focus completely because even that time you will be flooded with issues and CR's. Also the external trainers just focus on overview not on in depth knowledge. The senior people who already know things do not transfer it to juniors.
5. Only good thing is to learn and acquire in depth knowledge from other companies and than join here on senior position such as Sr. Lead and above than you can enjoy working here.

Cons1. Not a good place as a fresher.
2. Focus is on closing the issue and tasks rather than learning.
3. As a fresher very less help and knowledge transfer from seniors. I work in Hyderabad and I see a lot of favoritism in promotions and work etc.
3. Most of the time freshers are put into triaging or stability or junk work which involves very less coding or nothing at all. Even a class 12th student can do that work. Even if they somehow get into some tech team they will not be getting any good work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

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

Prosnext expected chip manufacture in mobile area

Consus is head quater. uk handle limited roll

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It's chilled out - for an intern

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I worked at Qualcomm

ProsIT was nice and chilled out, I had very little to do, we had a pool room and I probably spent more time playing pool than actually working. I wasn't given anything that was critical to work on so I could take as much time as I wanted essentially.

ConsThe team I was in was quite small and although close knit, I felt I was too young to be working there. The lack of real work got a little bit annoying sometimes. I think I could have handled more responsibilities even for an Intern given my background.

Advice to Senior ManagementEngage the interns more! We heard very little from senior levels at Qualcomm during our time in Cambridge.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to work - but only if you're based in San Diego

Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I worked at Qualcomm

Pros. Good benefits package
. Reasonably flexible management
. Relaxed work environment
. Good opportunities for travel
. A very good infrastructure for software development and good support staff

ConsThe senior management have a very strong San-Diego focus. If you're based outside of SD or, even worse, outside of the US get then you need to get used to being a second class corporate citizen.

The process for performance reviews is overly complicated, and the reviews themselves tend not to be very useful - mostly a box ticking exercise with no real useful feedback.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave another look at your appraisal process - it's overly complex and time-consuming for managers and doesn't address the needs of many employees.

Don't rest on your laurels - The core chip business is going to come under more and more pressure over the next few years, the company should try harder to find other business opportunities.

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Friendly, creative company, but as ruthless as any when the chips are down

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I worked at Qualcomm

ProsGood salaries; approachable management; friendly, informal working atmosphere; opportunities for creativity and innovation.

ConsProject management can be chaotic; lack of business focus in some departments; projects are too engineering-led, often guided by chief engineers' hobby-horses rather than what the customers wants.

Finally, take Qualcomm's loud support for ethical business practice with a pinch of salt. It is a corporation, and its loyalty is to its shareholders, not its staff. In the Cambridge office we anticipated some downsizing, but were shocked by its speed and its scale.

Advice to Senior ManagementGiven that the world economy is going to collapse completely in the next couple of years, I have no advice other than that they should take the money and run.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good and fast growth comany

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Qualcomm

Pros- fast growing business
- reward hard working

Cons- career movement can be slow
- although a hi-tech company, thejob is not necessarily interesting

Advice to Senior Management- considering the google 20% style
- satisfying employee not only by compensation, but by encouraging internal role shift

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's A Retirement Home

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

I have been working at Qualcomm

ProsGood working environment - very flexible on hours, dress code.
Work not too stressful..

ConsBoredom, slow pace. Not enough work.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet more work! And get people talking to each other more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Qualcomm

ProsGreat place to work with talented people

ConsWorking environment , somtimes pressure to perform is high

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more open discussions with people on Ground

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Make UK centre dynamic

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

I worked at Qualcomm

ProsWork life balance; accommodating personal circumstances

ConsNo new technology development work; no job rotation; job satisfaction

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognise effort

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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