Staff Program Manager (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 11, 2017
Outstanding place to work. Excellent technical opportunities, good culture, great people! As an engineer and program manager, Qualcomm has provided the best working environment I have experienced in my career.
Initially environment similar to startup with excellent communication, team culture focus, and job growth opportunities. After significant product/financial/staff growth in short period of time culture changed to meet corporate demands at any cost.
As a software developer testing out the Qualcomm Dragonboard and other hardware being released, I worked with my team on finding uses that consumers might be able to capitalize on. The work was interesting, although definitely fast-paced.
Admin Service Clerk, III (Current Employee) – Raleigh, NC – July 28, 2017
I enjoy each part of my duties. The part I like most is interacting with my customers which I consider my work family. We all come from various backgrounds and cultures yet we all get along. My skill set has increased since working here in learning much about the technology field and about cultures from around the world. My Supervisor is the best! caring, listens, encourages me to better myself.
Equipment Support Technician (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – July 21, 2017
Company offered many training options in equip maint. Trained on many tool sets. There was a pool and ping pong table in the break room as well as direct tv for our viewing pleasure. It is a good company.
Admin Services Clerk (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – July 13, 2017
I work in support services, the team I work with is kind, helpful and accommodating.
The company my team works for is ruthlessly exploitative and cares not a bit for the people who work for them. My admin team is comprised of 80% temporary employees, and we enjoy perks such as: Minimum wage
Promises of no merit increases (yes, this is true.)
No access to skills development tools (full time employees only)
No promotion opportunities, it literally doesn't matter if you work hard or not, they compensate you the same, and this has been stated to me several times through the temp company they rent us through.
Here's the kicker:
They recently just switched to an outsourced temp company from outside the country, and everyone on our team must reapply for the jobs they just had. This includes the team members that were Qualcomm employees.
That's right, they actually bumped their dedicated, long term employees to temp status.
They still pay their average engineers close to 6 figures, but they won't even consider paying the support 1/3 of that, and will happily oust the people that have given most of their adult lives to the company to save a few bucks.
Of course, with every company that exploits it's help, we are also overworked, but I won't bore you with the details.
If this sounds like I'm angry, you're absolutely right, this is a meat grinder, not a job.
Senior Customs Specialist, Import Department (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA 92121 – July 12, 2017
Excellent benefits and amazing co-workers. Truly an innovative company. The workplace culture was an exciting one, but the hours were quite long and often ran over into the weekend. My team was incredible and my direct manager was the best I've ever had.
good pay and benefits, innovative technology, good team dynamic
long hours, not a good balance of work/life/family on the hole
Director (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – June 28, 2017
Pros: + Great co-workers + New/Exciting Technology + Good Benefits (though many have been reduced/eliminated last three years) + Several Divisions allowing you to branch out in different areas + Nice facilities/campus
Cons: - To be part of and/or succeed in upper management you must be part of the "right" group - often these groups are cultural/race based (ie Asian, Indian, etc). - Leadership is chosen based on who you know, not what you know or what you have accomplished - Poor Work/Life balance
Change is at the base for survival for today's technology companies. Developing cutting edge technologies is a risky business and not all will make it. Keep adapting, fine tune strategies, turn around and believe in it. But also kill what doesn't work. Be bold.
My daily job is not different: influence the customers, push technology agenda, make them adopt most favorable technologies and lobby at all levels.
The hardest part is to make Africa relevant in a global context. What I enjoy the most is to be able to regularly meet with top companies such as OTT players and consumer's ODM as well as mobile network operators and their suppliers.