Qualcomm contracting vs defense full time

Jul 13, 2018 26 Comments

Hi All,

Need to choose between contracting at Qualcomm vs full time as defense contractor opportunity. Defense pays lower but is a full time opportunity. Defense contracting pays less about 10% but has more room for research type stuff in wireless communications. Qualcomm is all about Android. Defense would file for security clearance.

14 month contractor vs defense. Has any one been in this situation. Want to stay in San Diego though.

Is defense contracting good area to be in ?
Do they have layoffs ?

I am 45+


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TOP 26 Comments
  • Microsoft NullData
    Security clearance is a golden ticket.
    Jul 13, 2018 15
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng

      Northrop Grumman Eng

      Recent graduate engineer
      How'd you end up at 155k four years in within the defense sector? Just curious, especially as someone just starting out
      Feb 14, 2019
    • Lockheed Martin / R&D vxos
      Seriously. He’d have to be labor grade 4 to be earning 155k at 4 YOE. Or management
      Aug 25, 2019
  • Qualcomm NqAf57
    Definitely defense contractor. You'll get very little benefits as a contractor at Qualcomm, whereas the defense contractor job will give you health insurance, vacation, 401k, etc. Those benefits can likely make up much of the shortfall in pay, and security clearance is a golden ticket, as someone above me said.
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm analyze
    C/c++ software comm sys
    Jul 13, 2018 4
    • Qualcomm analyze
      Could never settle with one
      Jul 13, 2018
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng ajjfji
      I think being both is a good thing everywhere else but defense. The tech world always wants the field medalist who can commit "production" quality code.

      I'm not sure what the offers are, but I would try try to negotiate up the defense base salary. In big defense you shouldn't expect a bonus worth much unless you're at the top bands. Also:, given your age, defense is a really lax atmosphere and you could coast it out until retirement if you wanted.
      Jul 13, 2018
  • Qualcomm sjUh75
    Go to defense contractor and get your clearance. Then reapply to Qualcomm positions that require a clearance.
    Jul 20, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng

    Qualcomm Eng

    what is your skillset?
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng ajjfji
    You can hit 300k in defense after 20 years. Things move a lot slower though because shit needs to be guaranteed to work.

    Which contractor, yoe, and location? I bet you could get their offer up.
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Twitch FUI
    TC for each offer?
    Jul 13, 2018 0


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