Rant: Qualcomm offer? How?

Google e60de
Nov 9 14 Comments

New grad here...I double majored in EE and CS...got the this offer from Qualcomm Bay Area for HW Engineer:

base 95k, signon 20k, RSU 22.5k vested over 3 years

Is this a joke?! This is the only HW offer I have. I got SWE offers from Google, Citadel, Apple, FB, and those offers after negotiations have 2.5X the TC of the Qualcomm offer...and Qualcomm didn’t even accept negotiations.

To be honest, I love hardware. That’s why I double majored. But now I really understand why no one in our EE department is looking for hardware jobs...

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TOP 14 Comments
  • New / R&D OK👻mer
    Qualcomm just doesn't have the cash to compete with those companies. They may have also concluded that someone will be willing to do the job for that amount and will do it as well as they need.
    Nov 9 1
    • Bloomberg smallbrian
      This. I worked for Qualcomm for 4 years and that was the starting salary for SWEs as well, with minimal raises.
      Theyve pretty much decided they don't need top talent to do the job they need to do
      Most of my coworkers ended up going to Google and FB for hardware and embedded sw
      Nov 9
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    So join Apple or Google and set your sights on teams that need HW and SW skills.
    Nov 9 0
  • TSYS / Eng hnt15
    This is about right. Qualcomm's HW pay isn't that high. My dad had 20 YoE for HW there with a PhD and made $200k
    Nov 9 1
  • Facebook / Eng delete[]
    This is the reality. You need to get an HW offer from Google or Facebook. They do a lot of chip works. But even so HW TC at G/F are lower then SWE's.
    Nov 9 1
    • Google e60de
      OP
      Yeah I also heard that. Why would anyone study HW in school then?!
      Nov 9
  • Qualcomm / Eng ggnori
    Could you share which hardware team?
    Nov 10 0
  • Western Digital dhsyg39
    What's your area in SW? Considering you have a double major
    Nov 9 1
    • Google e60de
      OP
      Distributed systems, but it has almost nothing to do with hw
      Nov 9
  • Uber 1455m
    It's all about Demand and supply.
    Nov 9 1
    • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
      Demand && Supply <> Supply && Demand
      Nov 9
  • Symantec / Eng sympleton
    Qualcomm is cheap!
    Nov 27 0
  • Microsoft m1cr0s0fty
    Welcome to real world kid! We are in capitalist society, you get paid by value you are adding not based on your skills. Fattest profit is in Software compared to any other type of business which is why it makes sense
    Nov 9 0

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