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Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
1,771 Reviews
3.9
1,771 Reviews
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in 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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Have 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Qualcomm

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Project 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 ManagementAdvice

    Given 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good and fast growth comany

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's A Retirement Home

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Make UK centre dynamic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, but could be lots better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Type of work is amazing; longer hours but great I really enjoy working. Really smart people, lots of training (if you can find time)

    Cons

    Middle management is heavy and too political, going through big company pain. Forget getting promotion; and if one get's it they become complacent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY employee based on their merit, and demote people who doesnt perform at their title level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work.
    Beginning career here is a great experience.

    Cons

    Political, tend to do same work over long run. Ex: dev and maintain that one file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    work and life balance

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

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

    Pros

    good insurance, and training

    Cons

    you would not have overall view of product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best team work is working and growing with whole team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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