Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh
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Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 128 reviews)

  • Friendly work environment and table tennis room in the office (in 108 reviews)

Cons
  • Politics among senior management (in 96 reviews)

  • Work life balance has become a challenge amid tough industry challenges (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Stay Away

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analytics Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analytics Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Located in Bay Area. Allows travel to differnt countries or within the USA. One free cell phone every year

    Cons

    Extreme over load of work. Make you work for more than 60hours a a week for a long time without any over time pay or time off. Very low talented staff. No respect for employees. Job title means nothing. Make you work on anything and everything.
    Senior management out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Respect labor law.


  2. Extremely unstable company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great new technologies to try. Working with new SW in unchartered territory. This means you are either 1-2 years ahead of the main stream or walking in a wrong direction.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs. Company changes management and ownership very often. Not a stable working environment. When management have no ideas how to bring values to core business the main idea they always can relyon is a cost reduction. Nobody knows what the outcome would be when Lenovo will start pressing for immediate results. Also, company is kept separately from the owner company - Lenovo. This is a sign that they can further brake it down and sell by smaller pieces.

    Advice to Management

    Less empty promises and reduce tensions in a office. Open office model brings constant interruptions to everybody around.


  3. Inefficient work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some bright people,long history in technology

    Cons

    process overheads impede execution,lack of motivated employees

    Advice to Management

    move fast


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  5. Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional and respectful Employee base

    Cons

    Poor Communication/Resource management, " chaos" management, management/employee "fear", poor work relations..


  6. Helpful (1)

    Mismanaged company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Allow working from home. Good environment for employees who need to spend more time on family. Some employees only come in office once a week.

    Cons

    High attrition rate, causing continuous culture shifts, when many new managers join. Existing outstanding engineers are not valued accordingly. Newly hired managers drive existing engineers to move out, while unable to hire new ones with similar talents, because most above-average candidates to hire usually choose to accept offers from other reputable companies.

    Advice to Management

    Newly hired managers should be aware that Motorola Mobility has difficulty recruiting new engineers with as good talent as existing ones, who are continuously leaving. Managers should change their way of management and listen to these valuable engineers. The previous companies these new managers came from might be able to recruit new talented engineers easily, but not Motorola Mobility. This company will continue going downhills, when these new managers realize this problem later, and also leave the company themselves as well.


  7. Helpful (1)

    15 Year Motorola Employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Motorola Mobility had a flexible work schedule, and able to take personal time as needed, and paid decently.

    Cons

    Company has changed ownership many times in last 5 years making work environment unstable and changes in year to year goals were confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to stop worrying about diversity programs and start focus on basic business principles to become profitable again.


  8. Helpful (2)

    The dismantling of a great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best hardware and software engineers anywhere. Great teamwork. Extremely intelligent engineers. Great mentoring. Very professional environment among employees. Treat you like family...

    Cons

    ... while management treats you most of the time like a very dysfunctional family. Very fond of layoffs as a business strategy. Never seen a bunch of so many mediocre managers in more than 20 years in the engineering and military environment. They are really pitiful.

    Advice to Management

    Just quit. Yes, management. Quit. Already 15 years of dismantling piece by piece this company and nothing to show for it. Only your bonuses. And still complain about losing money every year, no matter what you think you are doing "great". 15 years straight. Really? If anything has been proven in here is how not to manage a company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Waste of time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are individuals within the company who know their job and are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as a work life balance with this company. The work will consume your entire life. Be prepared to work from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep.
     The Senior Leadership is poor. Motorola seriously lacks organization and time management. Everything is done at an expedited rate and at the very last minute possible, which leads to errors and a lot of escalations.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Former Star

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work with potentially cutting edge products;
    - Good salary;
    - Good benefits;
    - Good new location;
    - Many, many hard-working teams, many talented engineers;
    - Ability to test out some great products;

    Cons

    - Leadership is completely self-centered, doesn't want to look outside and see what others are doing;
    - Criticism is completely out of question, even the most obviously stupid management decisions are met with ovation;
    - There is no life-work balance as a principle 24/7 is expected of everyone, and anything else is considered as a bad work ethics;

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  11. Helpful (1)

    Rotting from the inside out...bleeding competent people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of parking, capable employees are quitting every day

    Cons

    -Old Motorola culture is well and alive
    -No confidence in most of the new leadership, new is supposed to be better (old motorola is just waiting to take over again)
    -Policy for everything
    -Lots of talk about change, but no action whatsoever
    -You'll create slides everyday but you aren't going to be able to ask why, you just execute
    -No innovation whatsoever
    -You are on a need to know basis
    -Culture of No
    -Has taken everything from Google and implemented poorly
    -Cafe is terrible and expensive
    -Lenovo is the new parent company - enough said.

    Advice to Management

    You should quit too.



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