Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
1,640 Reviews
3.9
1,640 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's A Retirement Home

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Boredom, slow pace. Not enough work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more work! And get people talking to each other more.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Great place to work with talented people

    Cons

    Working environment , somtimes pressure to perform is high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more open discussions with people on Ground

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Make UK centre dynamic

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Work life balance; accommodating personal circumstances

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise effort

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, but could be lots better.

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Manager  in  Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Exciting technologies, a chance to change how customers use mobile technologies. The people you work with are mostly great. There are plenty of resources for things like equipment.

    Cons

    The appraisal process is poor, there are no real reviews, even though there are two a year, little happens in looking back over the last 6 months, you're scored, but there's little in the way of discussion. Training is sporadic and project planning is haphazard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let release engineering wire themselves into the process so only humans can roll a release.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company

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

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

    Pros

    Get to explore a lot of things. Best health insurance. Lot of intangible perks and benefits. Working as a HW applications engineer in the Customer Engineering group, there is a good balance between work and life.

    Cons

    Lot of work to do. You will never have no work to do. I thoroughly enjoy the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work at!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Great atmosphere and work culture
    Good pay

    Cons

    None that come to me! Great place to be at!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    accounting specialist

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    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good chance to learn and good benefit

    Cons

    A lot of OT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to start your career, but keep your eyes open for other opportunities

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Casual culture and flexible working hours.
    - Some very smart colleagues.
    - Leader in wireless chipset business.
    - You will learn a lot about the product and how to tackle some complex challenges.

    Cons

    - Experience depends A LOT on what group you are in and how well the work is aligned with your interests. It is very easy to become pigeonholed into working solely on an obscure feature (such as some module of a particular chipset that does X).
    - Effort over results: promotion is largely based on how long you have been at Qualcomm, not necessarily your effectiveness as an engineer. There is also the pressure to show that you have been working hard by sending useless e-mail updates at late hours.
    - Very process-oriented: on an e-mail thread with a technical issue, a common tactic is to incrementally CC higher-ranked engineers/managers to passive-aggressively attempt to expedite progress. What starts as an e-mail exchange about an issue reported by a customer rapidly turns into a 50 e-mail long thread with at least 2 VP-level engineers, 5 senior staff, 10 senior engineers, etc. Too many meetings.
    - Large duplication of effort; there are a lot of similar projects between different divisions, such as QCT and Corporate R&D.
    - Relatively low salary; HR needs offer more compelling reasons to stay at Qualcomm other than the San Diego beach lifestyle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more effective means of solving technical problems other than assigning more manpower to the problem at hand. Hire competent engineers, not obedient engineers.

  10.  

    Very friendly work environment, intelligent coworkers and great compensation.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly management, great internal programs to promote ideas, and good work-life balance,

    Cons

    Less visibility, takes too long to get promoted or attain visibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best companies to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer, Staff  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer, Staff in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Innovation
    - Work satisfaction
    - Good teams to work with
    - Excellent benefits
    - Good management

    Cons

    - Always on the grind
    - Business realignments are very quick

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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