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Suicides at Qualcomm offices; Could some of you shed light on this?

HR claims that engineers who jumped from Qualcomm buildings on 2/18/2010 and 6/11/2012 both commuted suicide because the had "family problems". hR denies it may have had anything to do with the "sweatshop" working conditions at their depArtments. The first case was all over the media and can easily be found today on the Internet. However, HR kept the second one under wraps. I have heard that they paid their families $40m. The Employee Relations office keeps sending those advertisements about "Employee Assistance Services" so that if the next one occurred, they have legally covered themselves. I would imagine that if you are made to work more than 12 hours per days and all weekends and not allowed to take vacations, even if you don't have family problems, you will develop one. Could some of you who have been close to theses cases share your ideas? I heard there was a third case of Qualcomm office suicide in December, could anyone confirm?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL
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Update 2018: Engineer jumped on a Friday. No trace by Monday.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-iAqyh

We forgot mentioning of heart attack victims, i know in CTP products group 3 guys got heart attack and only one is able to survive with surgery. I know survived one, doc advises him to change job and he is victim due to stress at workplace(works like 24x7)

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-hmley

Which office was he hung from?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-hmocx

@kxd...Yes there was a 4th one. Guy shot himself at home in Sabre Springs. This happened a few years ago.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-hlist

Another example of Qcorruption...

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1JBT

BTW, The same VP who got promoted was responsible for thermal, performance as well. Along with power the mentioned also sucked and contributed to our loosing the customer. Why again, was he promoted? Oh yeah he is a part of the good old boys club!

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1oZA

Who is Chidu? Can't seem to find him in ph,Is he still in Q?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1gSx

I completely agree with Anonymous129260, These bastards play blame shifting and credit stealing game just to go to next level by hook and crook. All Dir and above folks should be seriously investigated to determine value they can provide in upcoming (realigned and lean ) organization structure AND re-align and rightsize them ( in a respectful Qualcomm way) ...why it's so complicated?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1LaF

Point is SW and HW team, granted not to equall extent, should be held accountable. Most definitely not promoted after a such a loss. For all HW changes (SPI,I2C,USB, eMMC...etc) SW team is expected to also be present in the design reviews etc.. Why is this power any different. SW engineers at eng level are penalized as well when HW issues arise...why should the upper management level be spared and promoted instead?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1SLh

Point is SW and HW team, granted not to equall extent, should be held accountable. Most definitely not promoted after a such a loss. For all HW changes (SPI,I2C,USB, eMMC...etc) SW team is expected to also be present in the design reviews etc.. Why is this power any different. SW engineers at eng level are penalized as well when HW issues arise...why should the upper management level be spared and promoted instead?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1CCz

Point is SW and HW team, granted not to equall extent, should be held accountable. Most definitely not promoted after a such a loss. For all HW changes (SPI,I2C,USB, eMMC...etc) SW team is expected to also be present in the design reviews etc.. Why is this power any different. SW engineers at eng level are penalized as well when HW issues arise...why should the upper management level be spared and promoted instead?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-12lQ

Point is SW and HW team, granted not to equall extent, should be held accountable. Most definitely not promoted after a such a loss. For all HW changes (SPI,I2C,USB, eMMC...etc) SW team is expected to also be present in the design reviews etc.. Why is this power any different. SW engineers at eng level are penalized as well when HW issues arise...why should the upper management level be spared and promoted instead?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1epZ

I think Anonymous129019 meant hat he should not be promoted when component he is responsible for is what caused flagship chip's failure. At that level it is shared responsibility. BTW, irrespective of responsibility of S810 failure I don't understand why they created so many new VP's/Sr.dir/Dir in last review when business is actually shrinking..just loot distribution among cronies ( aka old boys club) before ship sinks?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1U0U

I think they are getting rid of both s/w and h/w VP in charge of letting this issue undetected very far in the process...looks like typical blame politics ruined S810

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-12U5

Chidu is leading power on SW side. He should not be blamed too much for the HW issue. It's the hw and executive who need to.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1CSG

..Don't go by titles, Titles are very diluted now,VP has no more value than a Dir 7-8 year ago.There are lot of jokes floating around in bay area about QC titles -:)

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1fz5

Both Chidu and Eric T. mostly do status collecting and people pushing job and surprised with their promo to VP, No leadership or management work...blame always go to some engineer folk,they only get credit...

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1Ynb

I think he means Chidu.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1w1j

@ Anonymous129019 - are you referring to Mike S.? He was already VP when the power snafu occurred.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-1Fzj

Amazingly management keeps promoting people regardless. Sr Dir responsible for the power team got promoted to VP around the same time frame ( last review period) just after Q lost major customer mostly due to power related issues on our flagship chipset. Why was this guy promoted, specially now... He may be doing other good things...but this was a huge loss....why is Q rewarding folks for major failure?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-DRO

may be he got promoted by selling it as his achievement........see I am so good at squeezing work out of H1Bs that they kill themselves. QC become a very corrupt place so anything is possible

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-q5i

There is a new to organize complaints to force QC to stop these practices described in many of the posts here. Until then most likely QC is going to continue. Maybe more lives can be saved.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-2vT

QCT has become a big rathole for engineers,Modern day slavery !

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-wOP

I can imagin Qualcomm says: the guy who had heart attack in his 30, had a high level of cholesterol and his heart attack didn't have anything to do with Q

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-tjO

Hopefully discussions on layoff.com is going to help avoid more suicides at QC workplace.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-ovJ

Qualcomm outside reputation is very different from its internal reputation when reading all these posts

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-q6p

This is very shady practice...they should at least inform co-workers. Media prints so much crap but they cant cover these incidences to bring attention to issues?

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-YSl

A Bay Area company was paying H1B worker 1.21 an hour so that was super profitable to the USA company.

So bad for H1B workers and bad for USA workers, too. Great for the employer!

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-Q5L

There was a 3rd suicide before the 2nd jump, apparently this was carefully hidden

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-8Vg

Hmmm wonder why the hanging was even mentioned if it was not legit? It was posted during the 2014 layoffs.

That would take guts to make something up like that. Maybe it is true but hushed to minimize the impact.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-Qx6

Looks like Q is as much as a technology business as a legal business on order to defend its internal practice.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-tR4

currently all access to the roofs/balconies are closed. Folks need to innovate new ways.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-af1

Unless there is a massive complaint, it might be a very difficult schema to prove.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-okJ

2 WT jumps, 2 Heart attacks, 1 Heart attack survivor( all engineers in 30s) is what I know...is their any others???

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-KxD

Well regardless of how many or why, take care of each other out there. Talk to people not handling things well.

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-Dp8

WT Hanging does not seems legit, Other two jumpings suicides are legit,I worked with both guys Kayur and Ravi at some point..

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-HxM

If QCOM suspects a worker involved in such investigation, he is most likely to be part of a phony PIP...

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-0ex

Hanging in WT? This guy is full of shit

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-xM2

There was at least internal email notifying about 2nd suicide..but no information about 3rd at all.Surprising!

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-dsn

The DOL is complaint driven. A complaint is filed then they investigate

by | Post ID: @CMaj3aL-aaM

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