Motorola Mobility

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Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
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3.4
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Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 122 reviews)

  • Very flexible work hours as long as things get done (in 57 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management retains high degree of control on most decisions (in 95 reviews)

  • Was an excellent role and the hours were perfect for getting a good work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Former Star

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Libertyville, IL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Rotting from the inside out...bleeding competent people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    You should quit too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Constant layoffs and uncertainty. Employees feel unappreciated by management. Everyone is treated as if they were a con

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Libertyville, IL

    Pros

    Evolving technology and projects keep the work interesting on the technical side. Selected projects are well funded and emphasize applications rather than hardware.

    Cons

    Layoffs, reorganizations, confusion, and constant change in priorities make planning and executing projects very difficult for workers. Very unclear what the new future holds. Employees feel unappreciated by management. Everyone is treated as if they were a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to create some sense of stability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    glory days are gone

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    will get exposure to new technologies,
    will get to work with talented engineers

    Cons

    hard to make a comeback in this industry, will probably be shutdown after lenovo take over in couple of years

  6.  

    It is an exiting company to work, but management in some areas sucks.

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    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    If you want to be surrounded with people who are making things happen, work on a real product, and you are ambitions, and not afraid of challenges it is a place for you. Also, you'd better be a young, not married, no kids and live in a Chicago Down Town area individual. But be aware....

    Cons

    Company values are advertised as hard workers are getting recognized. This statement pending the situation with sales and a revenue of course. If SLTs are making wrong decision they are in fact punishing the whole company. These "wrong" decisions are plaguing the company for a very long time now. So, it was a hope in 2012 when Google took over that things would become better. Google guys thought that the major thing that will increase productivity would be to change how people are sitting, Such a joke! :) Open environment with all employees sharing the same space, no walls, no cubes. Noise from one group of coworkers conversations are destructing others. I was in Google offices and saw on my own eyes what the layout of offices they are using. Other companies claim that they want to copy it. Motorola also claims it is a "Google style", but it is not. Google places teams in a areas that are enclosed from other teams. So, it looks like "hives" offices that are shared by team members, but not shared between different teams. Transportation vise: when the move happened from old Libretyville office into the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for 80% of people commute time increased immediately from 15-30 minutes to 1:30-2:00 hours each way. But, the work load has increased. Nobody in a management seems to care that people need to adjust to the new environment. It is also very important that your manager is in a same location (especially upper manager of your manager). If you are not known for the top you are very likely to be the first on a street. People by the end of the year got reviews that are clearly not recognizing their efforts. So, a lot of people are really disappointed and will be leaving the company in case the opportunity will arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring more for the people and not just for themselves. Shuttle service is a joke. It takes less time to walk from the train station in a Chicago Down Town then going on a shuttle. Other companies in New York/Sunnyvale - Chase bank or Google for example, have a designated shuttles running from suburbs or major hubs to the offices. That would ease up some hassle of commuting. This is especially important since the 80% of employees are still living compactly near old company location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Motorola Mobility is in disarray.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL

    Pros

    Used to be the best cell phone company to work for. 100% Android products. Good brand and reputation. If you find the right group within, you could be set. Very interesting, challenging work. Incredibly intelligent, dedicated people to work with.

    Cons

    Layoff after layoff after layoff. Corporate split from the main Motorola, then buyout, then sell-off - all cons from the employee's perspective (big shareholders could potentially disagree). Selling the nice suburban owned campus, and renting space in downtown Chicago, forcing settled employees to commute over an hour each way. Motorola Mobility has become the ugly stepchild of the mobile industry. Hopefully Lenovo can keep the name alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Hero zero in less than 10 months flat

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    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    Pros

    None that I can think of, other than Lenovo will be putting the company out of its misery.

    Cons

    Company has no clue how to make a successful product any longer, nor has it made a profit in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that your resumes are current.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    No happy at all

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    get to work on cutting edge tech

    Cons

    old management, poor work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplfy the process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look somewhere else

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Libertyville, IL

    Pros

    Great people and great severance package

    Cons

    low morale, slow at making decisions, no career development and no vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the firing and then hiring; it been going on too long and all the real talent has already left the company. Moving HQ to downtown Chicago is not going to get anymore talent, if the talent is smart they will take 1 look at the company and run the opposite direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    company in turmoil, future not known.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    brand recognition. good history. being part of Google can be a "pro", but it can also be a "con"

    Cons

    too many acquisitions, buying other entities and being bought by other entities rendered very little direction, process and culture consistency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start from the grounds up. seek stability in the short term, set new strategy and then move.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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