Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
1,694 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Engineer

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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

    Exciting fast-paced environment. Innovation wireless communication products with state-of-art process technology. Great benefits.

    Cons

    long working hours (50~60hrs/wk still not enough), very tight NPI schedule. managers no patients for slow progress and lack of tolerance for errors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent in training, tons of technical material available for employee for self training in Qualcomm library including live video.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Innovative, inclusive work culture and very good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on new technology, skills and products in the mobile space. Very good on job training and a immense library and training resources. Good work and life balance in some divisions.

    Cons

    Promotions and career growth considerations are mostly on how much you can market yourself and communicate your work and accomplishments with cross functional teams in your organization. This might be true in most big corporations. Non-core business divisions are ill funded in R&D and not a very cooperative environment between divisions. Lot of upper management have been with the company very long compared to other companies, that impedes career growth and more work per engineer at lower levels with the resource and budget constraints.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Internship!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great city, great company. Culture is a little iffy

    Cons

    Very long hours for full-timers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide snacks for those who stay past 5!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great!

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm

    Pros

    Qualcomm is a great company to work for !

    Cons

    No cons, Qualcomm is a great company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place, learn much.

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

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

    Pros

    A very good place especially if your major is wireless communications under EE/ECE in PhD. You can use what you have learned into practical product in reality.

    Cons

    Kind of busy in work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Latest technology but too much management

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Latest technology, good benefits, established company

    Cons

    Hierarchical management, too many managers, politics, too many meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce vertical hierarchy, increase technical leads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    going downhill

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

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

    Pros

    good work-life balance,
    nice gym
    nice pool

    Cons

    no career advancement
    boring job routine
    unable to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not much impressed

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Bing Brand name
    - If you are Electrical Engineer, you will work with excellent technology

    Cons

    -Pathetic management
    -No work-life balance
    -Too much politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of newer employees rather than focusing on giving out bonuses to senior management people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    integration of Qualcomm w/ Atheros

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    good medical benefits and fitness center.

    Cons

    low salaries, bad mgmt style. It very barbaric, very rude. It is always yelling contest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should look at Google and learn something that innovation doesn't grow on trees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience, too political

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Live in San Diego

    Cons

    too much Politics for a medium size company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to get ahead you must reduce politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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