Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 20

Qualcomm Inc.

San Diego [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

At this San Diego-based wireless communications vendor, IT staffers have high levels of expertise in many top technologies. And since Qualcomm has many diverse business units, from manufacturing to software development, IT workers can participate in and learn about a wide breadth of operations. Demand for increased data storage created an opportunity to embrace cutting-edge technologies such as storage-area networks and cloud computing. The company puts an emphasis on work/life balance and sponsors activities and offers amenities to promote healthy, balanced lifestyles. Employees can take advantage of on-site gyms, subsidized weight loss programs and an on-site medical clinic. Qualcomm supports professional development by promoting from within, providing tuition subsidies for degree and advanced degree studies, offering job rotation arrangements and giving employees the opportunity to seek transfers to new jobs in other parts of the company. Qualcomm's "Technical Education Network" gives employees access to key resources related to the company's strategic directions to foster development of cutting-edge products and technology. The IT group has its own distance-learning program through which employees can obtain master's degrees in information technology.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 12

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 13,500

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 1,232

IT employee turnover in 2009: 7%

IT promotions in 2009: 7%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $1,000

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 26%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 31%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 25%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 36%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 25%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 39%