Qualcomm Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
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.  

    Great place for debuggers.

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

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

    Pros

    Experience both coding and hardware experiences, with mixture of software and electronics.

    Cons

    Monotonous and repetitive job. Lesser options for a beginner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring up more enthusiastic opportunities for the freshers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time

    Pros

    flexi work hours. lot of perks. good outings

    Cons

    too much work at times

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company,going very strong

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

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

    Pros

    -Compensation is good
    -Work on many projects
    -Lot of interaction with cross functional teams
    -Half-yearly bonus cycles

    Cons

    -High stress work environment
    -Bangalore center is focused on project execution
    -Limited opportunity to explore new things as the work is very repetative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please maintain the work-life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Qualcomm india experience

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

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

    Pros

    very challenging technical environment. Good pay.

    Cons

    Tough timelines
    ramp up time not optimum

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots to Offer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    Lots of Flexibility and resources at your reach. Qualcomm is demanding but also provides many services for its employees and does the best it can too make sure you don't leave.

    Cons

    Many hours of work are expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good work but Indian office is junk due to inefficient HRs and Stupid Managers

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

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

    Pros

    - One of the best company in embedded industry
    - Better than average pay
    - Little bit good HR policies (but these HR policies are also available in all good companies so it does not make it stand out of the crowd)
    - Good work depending on teams.
    - Free food
    - Pay and stock options .
    - company is very dynamic .

    Cons

    - Bad work life balance . Indian managers try to boast their performance so they keep the team strength less so work pressure will be more . in US this is not the case so US office is better .
    - All 3rd grade works which are passed on to India for maintenance when they become obsolete (but in most of the companies this is the case in India) , but still there are teams where works are really distributed in equal quality in between us and India .
    - Don't go by the work place rankings because they are too old and valid for US . In India in true sense its a very bad place to work . HR's don't have any voice , if you think Qualcomm has better hr policies then most of the Indian start up s now a days has these kind of policies so this does not make them any different.
    - pay wise also its not that great as now a days you will get similar pay in many companies but yes they pay good amount (not bad)
    - If you have any problem or concern there is hardly any mechanism where it can be addressed , as i said HR department here is useless they don't do anything .
    - Cafeteria food is really bad , Unless you are a bachelor or u have some problem u will never like to eat . even that's worse than college cafeteria.
    - Team outing are plagued by budget constraints, there are 3-4 team outings every year lunch , lunch , half day , full day . half day full day outings are meaningless once you stay more years in company and same thing happens every year . they will take you to a resort but if any sports needs extra payment that cannot be done , So virtually u only goto one place play cricket which normally comes with package and come back. , even no one is interested also .
    - Many managers are with medieval times IT company attitude , they don't see whether work is done or not but they are more interested in keeping you busy . In qualcomm 85% of time u will be busy there will be never a free day , even all the days you have to put more than 10-11 hours for work . but if at all one day you are free if you leave office on time (Not early) then some managers start giving you junk work just to keep you busy .
    - no proper documentation in work you do, so you have to learn all by yourself.
    - Slowly they have made the company like a school with lot of tracking , they are increasing manpower who will track but really less engineers who work below , So its becoming like a reverse pyramid .
    - Ratings are 2 times in year so you will get some hike every 6 months , but ratings does not match with your performance . There are minimum fixed no of cycle after which you will get promotion so its irrelevant if you work word better or bad . if you are top performer also if that takes 2.5 years to goto next level and average performer will make that in same 2.5 years or 3 years in worst case .
    - There is a false hope in some employees also HRs try to show during offer letter that there is opportunity to change teams after you are bored in same kind of work or shift to other geographical locations across sites for your career growth based on your interest . This is almost non existent . Once you apply for team change ,your ratings will be affected by current managers , there are few good managers who will be encouraging you to change teams but that's very less .Opportunity across geographical locations are almost NIL, Don't be fooled by the hollow statements . Now with all checks in India office its almost impossible . Upper management in India has made such process that no one cannot even think to apply across sites ,
    - most of the Indian managers don't have any voice , they are always running the rat race to prove some non existent things . Simple formula is u work on same thing as ur US counterpart is working , then tell Indian upper management that you did it yourself .
    - There are no recreational options with in office , No Foosball table even . There was one Foosball table earlier but as people were playing much it was removed on pretext of productivity , Such is the attitude of managers here .
    - Occasionally there are few activities by HRs like CSR activity , dance etc . but due to enormous work pressure employee participation is NIL , Even people don't get time to attend few HR sessions where they talk about any changes or policies .even your managers will never encourage you for that , But if there are any meeting conducted by your managers manager then your manager will pull you to the meetings to increase the crowd .
    - There are 20+12 leaves per year but most of the times managers start cribbing if you take more leaves . this does not happen in US .
    - US/Canada offices are better as they have better work , better culture and managers are not like Indian IT managers .

    Bottom line is its a good company but a not a best company as believed to be . There are lot of Indian companies now a days who pay similar and also has better work culture and policies . US offices are far better . So if you are looking for job in Indian office join only if you don't have any options .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Indian managers are useless , they know everything and they are too arrogant to accept this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Good Salary; Flexible timings; Global exposure

    Cons

    Long working hours; More horizontal work

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost my personal life....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Hyderābād

    I worked at Qualcomm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Just highly paid salary with benefits

    Cons

    Work like bull all the time......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-Private life balance with professional work environment...by making NULL or office politics...

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

    Exciting, fast paced but at times works as a factory

    • 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

    Pros

    Good hike every 6 months

    Cons

    Fast paced projet execution, with less learnings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Qualcomm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Technology
    Brilliant people
    Excellent Lab and other facilities
    No drama/politics
    Very nice package benifits

    Cons

    Less internal opportunities
    All work no play- usually working here is like racing against time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing good work and monitor signs for employee dis-satisfaction with internal opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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