Staffing Specialist, Staff (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 25, 2016
There is no typical workday at Qualcomm, but is is never boring. I learned to work with various executives, managers and project managers in recruiting, attracting, and placing engineering top talent into the organization.
Management was on-board with hiring the best engineering talent for their project teams as well as for the future.
Co-workers are great and work well with each other.
The hardest part of the job was matching top talent with the proper project.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the people with which to work.
Director, Software Engineering (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 6, 2016
The top management have become highly political and irrational. We started not following the established processes and guidelines consistently and uniformly. People who pointed out the problems and made efforts to fix them were given bad reviews since they embarrassed their VPs. You could no longer express your opinion if it was different than your superior.
Decent salaries and bonuses for San Diego
Too much pressure to completely ignore the basic work life balance
An exciting and creative workplace with great colleagues
Senior Staff Engineer / Manager Pixtronix (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – January 4, 2016
I worked in a small development team to design, manufacture, and test innovative MEMS display technology. It was a terrific and highly rewarding experience. A small team with dynamic projects and a desire to use innovation to solve problems. All projects were cross functional and involved creation, design, simulation, manufacture, test, characterization, and reliability of arrayed MEMS structures. Manufacturing and characterization occurred in an on-site pilot fab. Larger scale manufacturing was done through transfer of technology to overseas LCD fab. It was great to see the first 7" displays roll off the production lines.
Availability of tools to accelerate design and production cycle
Senior Engineer (Current Employee) – San Diego – December 9, 2015
Great location, facilities extremely nice. Used to have a lot of perks and benefits, e.g. JCC holiday parties etc. but these are going away with the budget cuts.
Management doesn't know how to run a large organization from director to C-level, no one has an MBA or any formal business experience. This is fine if you're running a startup, but extremely inefficient for a large company. Even in the engineering departments, every group is silo-ed leading to poor efficiency and pretty bad integration (e.g. snapdragon 810). Pretty much zero mentorship, which is OK for most people, but if you're someone who needs to be briefed or explained what to do for every task, you probably won't do very well. Most of groups are very focused on execution, very little innovation except maybe corporate R&D or the modem systems side.
One benefit is if you have some ideas you want to patent, its pretty easy to get patented, although most people are so focused on execution they don't file many.
Work place environment is pretty bad. I rarely ever see people say "hi" to eachother in the hallways, most of the buildings are closed door offices which are pretty isolating, but with the budget cuts they're moving to cubicles.
Looking ahead, most of the jobs will probably move offshore. Unless they can commercialize a new technology with the ubiquity of CDMA, they can't afford to keep the engineering here. Profit margins of the chip business are shrinking as the smartphone market saturates, royalties in china and rest of the world diminish, and there simply aren't enough people in the world to keepmore... up with the supply to sustain the growth they've seen. Meanwhile, semiconductor NRE is exploding and current cmos technology is virtually ISO-performance with some die shrink reduction, and a little power improvement. They simply can't get the types of margins they could before. This "perfect-storm" can only be averted by cutting costs, diversifying the products (servers, rffe/pmic, iot). A lot of challenges ahead.less
Business Analyst (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – December 6, 2015
Qualcomm used to be a good place to work under the original founders. Since the new leadership team has taken over it has become a sweatshop and they do not care about their employees. They are arrogant and this comes across to their customers and other business partners.
Quality Engineer / Sr. Support Engineer (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 25, 2015
Fast pace new technology with continues improvements. Always learning something new which created excitement. Management ready to help with growth within the company. Made many friends among co-workers. Many team players which just made the job more enjoyable.