Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

Global Workforce Inclusion

Inspiration and insight from a mix of minds

Defining the next generation of mobile technology demands a range of perspectives and talents. That’s why we began assembling a diverse workforce in our earliest days, and why we developed our Global Diversity and Inclusion philosophy, an award-winning approach to building a workforce that mirrors our values as well as those of the mobile-using public.

Integrating inclusion across our company

Today, diversity and inclusion are thoroughly woven into our culture—from major initiatives like recruiting, Employee Resource Groups and diversity training, such as our new cultural competency classes, and dining facilities specializing in cross-cultural cuisine. Diversity and inclusion are also at the heart of our policy on affirmative action, which you can read here.

*U.S. employees only

More than 3,600 employees received 6,555 hours of employee relations training.

Recruiting and retaining women

In the technical arena, men largely outnumber women. Therefore, recruiting and retaining female talent remains a high priority for us. Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering (QWISE), our Employee Resource Group for women, plays a key role in recruiting and supporting professional development of women at Qualcomm. Two QWISE programs have been especially effective: the Women’s Mentoring Program, which pairs up-and-coming women at Qualcomm with more senior female and male colleagues; and QC Spotlight, which provides networking opportunities with internal experts.

In 2012, Chennai, India, and Singapore launched chapters of QWISE. In 2013, Canada will be joining the QWISE family.

In 2012, QWISE celebrated its sixth anniversary and increased its membership from 600 to 800 globally. In honor of the Qualcomm Women in Science & Engineering (QWISE) 6th Anniversary, Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Program collaborated with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Qualcomm Labs on the Convergence of Women, Technology, and Innovation event. The event welcomed Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and focused on providing the tools, access and services necessary to enable women’s leadership and empowerment globally. Additionally, the event aimed to help recruit mentors for the foundation’s Mentoring Women in Business program. More than 250 entrepreneurs, mentors and professionals attended the event from Qualcomm and external organizations.

QWISE also continued to expand to operations outside of the United States. The Hyderabad, India, QWISE group launched a mentoring program that pairs junior employees with experienced colleagues. Qualcomm India reached out to female engineers at college campuses and job fairs and offered leadership workshops intended to help women lead in a mixed-gender workplace.

We sponsor students in the National GEM Consortium, which offers fellowships and summer internships to underrepresented graduate students in engineering.

Our college internship program has also been a valuable channel for connecting with new female employees. Through it, we match female interns with mentors who support them in their day-to-day work and share insights on long-term career growth at Qualcomm. Interns (male and female) work at Qualcomm offices around the globe.

Getting perspective from our Employee Resource Groups

In addition to QWISE, we also offer other Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) for African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, employees with disabilities, military veterans and employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT).

Led by employees, our ERGs provide professional development programs, mentoring and networking opportunities within Qualcomm and connection with local and national organizations. ERGs make our Company stronger by broadening our perspective, deepening our pool of qualified leaders and strengthening our recruiting efforts. ERGs also contribute to community outreach efforts.

Reaching out to people with disabilities

Through recruiting and community outreach, we strive to provide job opportunities to people with disabilities. We are actively involved in several disability awareness organizations, including San Diego Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN), and we are responsible for leading the local San Diego chapter of the USBLN, an organization that promotes best practices in hiring and retaining people with disabilities. We convened quarterly USBLN meetings and trainings attended by approximately 50 local employers.

We also hosted a number of community programs intended to raise awareness about disabilities in the workplace. Among them:

  • Career Connections for Youth, a day-long event intended to inform and inspire San Diego middle-school students with disabilities
  • Disability Mentoring Day, which brought disabled students from San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego to our corporate headquarters for informational interviews and a look at corporate life
  • Day In a Chair, in which 58 employees globally spent their workday in a wheelchair to better understand the perspective of people with spinal cord injuries
Reaching out to veterans

Thinking Ahead

Reaching out to veterans

Military veterans hold a special place in our corporate culture. To understand why, you need only look to our hometown: San Diego is home to many veterans returning from wartime duty. Thousands of retired service members live in the county as well. In our Company, we count nearly 700 veterans among our employees, along with a number of active-duty reservists serving around the world. We are also proud to supply technology that serves U.S. armed forces in the field.

Recognizing veterans’ contributions to our country and their potential for contributing to our Company, we reach out to veterans in many ways. To show our respect and gratitude, we hold annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies that include keynote addresses by our most senior executives. We support our employees who are reservists by paying them their full salaries while they are away fulfilling their military duties and sending them care packages to remind them that we are thinking of them. To help make us a stronger Company, we actively recruit veterans as employees.

Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs summed up the reason for our outreach to veterans in a recent Veterans Day ceremony:

“We are committed to continuing to reach out to veterans not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because they are among the best and the brightest, most committed people in America’s workforce. They are the kind of people that we want to have on our team.”   

For the last two years, we’ve helped returning warriors through our Corporate Integration Program for Warrior Veterans, or QCIP-Warriors. The program’s mission is to honor and empower warrior veterans by providing them with hands-on technical experience, exposure to a corporate environment and the confidence that comes with professional development. Guiding vets during their experience are Qualcomm employees who are military veterans themselves. Perhaps not surprisingly, the program was developed by a Qualcomm staffing specialist who is a former army police captain.

For seven weeks, participating veterans work with various business units within our Company. They build their personal networks and polish interpersonal skills through management lunches, executive breakfasts and after-hours social events. They develop job-hunting skills through training in interviewing and résumé-writing. At the end of the seven-week program, participants are better prepared to compete for jobs, whether at Qualcomm or in the external job market.

Over half of the program’s 54 participants have found full-time work. Seven of them work at Qualcomm, including Navy veteran Louis Tuey.

“A big challenge for me while transitioning out of the military was believing that my skills were useful in a civilian company,” he says. “During [QCIP], I was able to see how my skills were useful, and I continue to develop them.”

Another program participant may sum it up best: “I am better prepared than I could have ever hoped to be before the program. Every transitioning service member should participate in a program like this.”