Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
1,694 Reviews
3.9
1,694 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Cutting edge work (if you're lucky enough to be assigned to it) (in 121 reviews)

  • Exposure of cutting edge technology, Fast paced environment (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Management does not seem to care about the work life balance of its employees (in 110 reviews)

  • I worked extremely long hours without receiving even a 'thank you' in most cases (in 83 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's A Retirement Home

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Make UK centre dynamic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, but could be lots better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    + Work life balance
    + Good pay
    + Great benefits
    + Good, smart people
    + Stability

    Cons

    - Lifers are dragging the company down. They fill up the middle management ranks, and prevent new employees from rising up.
    - Lack of growth opportunities
    - Dry, boring company culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat. Get rid of the lifers who have been sitting on their laurels for a decade. Make room for the new generation of motivated engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Good culture.Good culture cood culure.

    Cons

    Too much work is schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Bright people,
    Great business model

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

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Smart people
    Excellent benefits
    Good salary

    Cons

    I had to think about these and they are minor compared to others
    Insular management
    Long hours
    Lots of travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management believes engineers know it all and don't respect business intelligence.
    Believe things could always be better, but I would put this company in the top 1%

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company! Best Employer in San Diego

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

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

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. Twice yearly reviews with raises and bonus. Up to 5 weeks vacation a year, + 12 paid holidays. Promotions are easy at the lower levels but hard to get as you mover up in the company. Very low attrtion shows people really enjoy working for the company.

    Cons

    Very low attrition shows the company is great to work for, but it also has created a bottle neck at the middle management level of the company. The hours can be long during crunch time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget that is was the large investment in R&D that has made the company so successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    Technology, Work Culture and Leadership

    Cons

    Compensation can be slightly better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I interned at Qualcomm during summer 2014 and it was wonderful experience. Very technical company, even at manager level

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

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

    Pros

    San Diego is a great place to work and Qualcomm seems to be a be stable company for now

    Cons

    Base pay not so high compared to other bay area companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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