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What is your opinion of Qualcomm?
Good - I work for them now or have in the past 32% [ 16 ]
Bad - I work for them now or have in the past 6% [ 3 ]
Good - I have only dealt with them 32% [ 16 ]
Bad - I have only dealt with them 30% [ 15 ]
Total votes : 50
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Post subject: Qualcomm Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 7:57 pm

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Please use your personal experience with Qualcomm when voting in the poll.

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Guest
Post subject: Way to goPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 2:09 am
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Please use your personal experience with either an interview or actual employment with Qualcomm when voting in the poll.


8D Thats the way it is done do you not think so.


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attenuator
Post subject: Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2005 12:43 am

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This is a great company to work for. They have a attitude towards R&D that is second to none. I have worked for companies that had us using HP141T Spec Analyzers. Everyone in Engineering had to share a PC. OMG this was so counter productive. QC is quite different. Projects are well organized, and properly staffed. The PM's make sure that they are properly staffed, if a person in the group is a weak link they are not fired or mistreated but are encouraged to develop what ever skill they are lacking. They offer many perks that other companies don't. Such as Flex time, allowing you to pursue education while working. The company has a onsight gym, swimming pool. And the stock options have made many folks a nice little nestegg. The interviews are somewhat harsh, as I remember mine being a two day ordeal. 1 HR person and 6 Engineers.
One of the interviews seemed like a friendly get to know ya kind. Another one I was asked questions that for the life of me I wanted to smack the guy for asking. Later on I found out, that the purpose of the questions was not to see if I could get it right, but to see how I approached such a impossible problem. What I mean is, did I get flustered, how did I hold up, Did I use proper problem solving technique. The best part of the interviews was when it was over, and I went to my car and chain smoked about 2 packs of smokes, went home and finished a fifth of whiskey. Hehe just kidding but you get the idea. And oh yes they do check your references, so don't put down Dudly dooright in the Canada Mounties. Well I hope this helps any prospective QC employee.


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Guest
Post subject: Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:06 pm
To me Qualcomm = arrogant. The people I worked with seemed nice enough in interviews, but I later found them to be some of the most arrogant self-serving people I have ever had to deal with in my life.


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attenuator
Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:23 am

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Maybe little Johnny does not play well with others. Or perhaps you are insecure about your own inadequacies that made you feel so looked down upon. I found the employees to be your avg citizens. The people there were confident to be sure but not arrogant as you would say. Sounds like you are just bitter to me. So what project did you work on that made you feel the way you do?


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Kirt Blattenberger
Post subject: Very active thread on Qualcomm interviewsPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:31 am

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Greetings:

There is a very active forum thread concerning interviewing at Qualcomm.

Obtaining a position with Qualcomm seems to have become the de facto litmus test of qualification as a worthy wireless communications engineer. Maybe they should adopt the U.S. marine Corps' slogan: "The Few. The Proud."

BTW, my wife's niece's husband worked there as a field engineer for about 4 years and liked the people and the environment. He did site surveys and installations for Qualcomm equipment all over the world, but mostly in South America. They hosed him, though, by laying him off in 2000 just months before his stock options were to be vested. Understandably, his attitude toward them was adjusted accordingly.
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Little Johnny
Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:33 pm
attenuator wrote:
The people there were confident to be sure but not arrogant as you would say.


Dudly Dooright...I have to say it is very little minded of you to think all of the 7000+ employees are as you describe. I was simply describing those I encountered in the company to give people another view of Qualcomm, not the unrealistic "rosy" picture you have painted.

And you think I was looked down upon? That I'm bitter? You're a trip man. If I frequently went home and downed a fifth of whiskey like you, I think I would also be so disillusioned.


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attenuator
Post subject: Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:43 am

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I never said the entire QC population was one particular way. And where did the Fifth of whiskey come from? I can easily polish off more than that.
Anyways why don't you tell us why you left QC.


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Guest
Post subject: Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:23 am
attenuator wrote:
I went to my car and chain smoked about 2 packs of smokes, went home and finished a fifth of whiskey.


Granted, you followed this up by saying you were joking. I'm not so sure though.


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attenuator
Post subject: Sour GrapesPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:30 pm

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Yet for a second time you evade my question with your attempts to sling mud by quoting a metaphor that I used in a previous post. Are your points so weak that you must resort to such tactics of a desperate politician? I think you have said more than enough for the readers of this forum to conclude that your assesment of this company are based on a person who was unable to perform a job in a way that was expected, and as such you were probably dismissed.


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Guest
Post subject: Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:47 pm
Dudly Dooright: If you can't take the mudslinging, then maybe you shouldn't have started throwing mud in my direction in the first place. You really are a trip man. I left Qualcomm in good standing. My time there was productive and I am still gainfully employed in this industry. Your attempts at discrediting me are silly and hardly worthy of a response. Maybe you should put forth an effort to be more open minded of opinions that differ from your own. Laying off on the whiskey might be a good step in this direction.


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attenuator
Post subject: Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:57 am

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Well, the whole point of this forum was for people to give an opinion of a company. I simply gave mine. As it is obvious you must troll around to create conflict as you did with you very close minded statement. To have the unmitigated effrontery to make a open blanket comment like
Quote:
I later found them to be some of the most arrogant self-serving people I have ever had to deal with in my life.
and then to say I started slinging mud and is close minded just baffles me. Why have you not posted your sentiments about QC sooner? Why did you wait intil someone else made comments about this company? Lets not be a hypocrite.
I refuse to continue in this pointless discussion with you. Lets leave it at, you have your opinion and I have mine. Have a very nice day.


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Guest
Post subject: Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:46 am
attenuator: Read the postings! You started this by attacking my credibility baselessly!

Nice how you quoted me out of context. The correct quote is this:

Anonymous wrote:
To me Qualcomm = arrogant. The people I worked with seemed nice enough in interviews, but I later found them to be some of the most arrogant self-serving people I have ever had to deal with in my life.


Clearly I was referrring to the people I was working with. How did you even get a job in Qualcomm? You're a moron!


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attenuator
Post subject: Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:07 pm

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I suppose now We will resort to "I know you are but what am I" tactics. Geez fella get a grip, and grow up. Dude! do you even realize what you post?
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Clearly I was referrring to the people I was working with.

And you clearly wrote.
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To me Qualcomm = arrogant.

As a person employed there, I take that as an insult. You sir are rude, and speak with empty, exaggerated talk. Your clearly the one who should consider laying off of whatever substance your abusing. Furthermore I and as I am sure, the rest of the readers would appreciate, is if you would cease with your troll like behavior and crawl back under what ever bridge you came from. Since you are a troll, I am sure you will not stop without having the last word. With this I bid you a goodbye and happy trolling.[/quote]


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paul_bateman
Post subject: Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:27 pm
I have only dealt with them as i was interviewing for a Rf technician postion. During the 5+ hour interview they were praising the fact that i new so much about RF and that the other people interviewed did not know much about rf. At the end of the day they (supervisor + someone who's postion i do not recall) said i am a perfect fit and would be calling me with an offer.
I got a call alright ...from Hr saying they found somebody more qualifed, I asked how can that be and she could/would not answer

Ps on a side note for the longest time when we (me+the other technicians s who worked there and interviewed me) went out for lunch break i ordered a beer ( they said that the hardest part of the INT. was coming up so i needed to calm my nerves.) I figured i was going to pay + it was only other techs who were with me. WAS this wrong?


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prabhu_a
Post subject: Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:40 am

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hi attenuator
i was phone interveiwed by qualcomm for software intern position,i got mail next day mornin from them that they were impressed witt the results and wud conduct second technical phone interveiw this week,i want to know how different second intervew will be from first one bcoz both happen to be technical interveiws,will they go into subject in more depth?how many phone intevews they will conduct bfore callin for onsite interveiws?is the interveiw procedure nad difficulty level for internships is same as for full time position?











attenuator wrote:
This is a great company to work for. They have a attitude towards R&D that is second to none. I have worked for companies that had us using HP141T Spec Analyzers. Everyone in Engineering had to share a PC. OMG this was so counter productive. QC is quite different. Projects are well organized, and properly staffed. The PM's make sure that they are properly staffed, if a person in the group is a weak link they are not fired or mistreated but are encouraged to develop what ever skill they are lacking. They offer many perks that other companies don't. Such as Flex time, allowing you to pursue education while working. The company has a onsight gym, swimming pool. And the stock options have made many folks a nice little nestegg. The interviews are somewhat harsh, as I remember mine being a two day ordeal. 1 HR person and 6 Engineers.
One of the interviews seemed like a friendly get to know ya kind. Another one I was asked questions that for the life of me I wanted to smack the guy for asking. Later on I found out, that the purpose of the questions was not to see if I could get it right, but to see how I approached such a impossible problem. What I mean is, did I get flustered, how did I hold up, Did I use proper problem solving technique. The best part of the interviews was when it was over, and I went to my car and chain smoked about 2 packs of smokes, went home and finished a fifth of whiskey. Hehe just kidding but you get the idea. And oh yes they do check your references, so don't put down Dudly dooright in the Canada Mounties. Well I hope this helps any prospective QC employee.


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ttran
Post subject: Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:11 am

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Joined: Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:17 am
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attenuator wrote:
This is a great company to work for. They have a attitude towards R&D that is second to none. I have worked for companies that had us using HP141T Spec Analyzers. Everyone in Engineering had to share a PC. OMG this was so counter productive. QC is quite different. Projects are well organized, and properly staffed. The PM's make sure that they are properly staffed, if a person in the group is a weak link they are not fired or mistreated but are encouraged to develop what ever skill they are lacking. They offer many perks that other companies don't. Such as Flex time, allowing you to pursue education while working. The company has a onsight gym, swimming pool. And the stock options have made many folks a nice little nestegg. The interviews are somewhat harsh, as I remember mine being a two day ordeal. 1 HR person and 6 Engineers.
One of the interviews seemed like a friendly get to know ya kind. Another one I was asked questions that for the life of me I wanted to smack the guy for asking. Later on I found out, that the purpose of the questions was not to see if I could get it right, but to see how I approached such a impossible problem. What I mean is, did I get flustered, how did I hold up, Did I use proper problem solving technique. The best part of the interviews was when it was over, and I went to my car and chain smoked about 2 packs of smokes, went home and finished a fifth of whiskey. Hehe just kidding but you get the idea. And oh yes they do check your references, so don't put down Dudly dooright in the Canada Mounties. Well I hope this helps any prospective QC employee.


I worked at Qualcomm from 1991-2001. I had two on-site interviews recently (March 06), to which I was told both teams wanted me. Had they, at least, matched my current pay, I would have come working for them. I was offered almost 12K less in salary and told that was the most they would dish out. Needless to say, I said no.

Captain, are you still working there?

T


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ttran
Post subject: Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:13 am

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ttran wrote:
attenuator wrote:
This is a great company to work for. They have a attitude towards R&D that is second to none. I have worked for companies that had us using HP141T Spec Analyzers. Everyone in Engineering had to share a PC. OMG this was so counter productive. QC is quite different. Projects are well organized, and properly staffed. The PM's make sure that they are properly staffed, if a person in the group is a weak link they are not fired or mistreated but are encouraged to develop what ever skill they are lacking. They offer many perks that other companies don't. Such as Flex time, allowing you to pursue education while working. The company has a onsight gym, swimming pool. And the stock options have made many folks a nice little nestegg. The interviews are somewhat harsh, as I remember mine being a two day ordeal. 1 HR person and 6 Engineers.
One of the interviews seemed like a friendly get to know ya kind. Another one I was asked questions that for the life of me I wanted to smack the guy for asking. Later on I found out, that the purpose of the questions was not to see if I could get it right, but to see how I approached such a impossible problem. What I mean is, did I get flustered, how did I hold up, Did I use proper problem solving technique. The best part of the interviews was when it was over, and I went to my car and chain smoked about 2 packs of smokes, went home and finished a fifth of whiskey. Hehe just kidding but you get the idea. And oh yes they do check your references, so don't put down Dudly dooright in the Canada Mounties. Well I hope this helps any prospective QC employee.


I worked at Qualcomm from 1991-2001. I had two on-site interviews recently (March 06), to which I was told both teams wanted me. Had they, at least, matched my current pay, I would have come working for them. I was offered almost 12K less in salary and told that was the most they would dish out. Needless to say, I said no.

Captain, are you still working there?

T


I meant Attenuator...not captain.


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quakquak
Post subject: Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:14 pm
anyone works there?


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tryinghard
Post subject: R&D groupPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:25 pm

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I had a phone interview with the R&D group, the guy was very knowledgeable, but I couldn't show my analytical skills on the phone, I am a board guy who likes to hash it out.

Anyways I am waiting for a decision to be called onsite. I am not sure how long they take.


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