Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
1,503 Reviews

3.4
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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 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.  

    The Smart Phone Facility

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Quality  in  Roanoke, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Quality in Roanoke, TX

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Producing Moto X Customized Phones. First Smart Phone assembly center in USA. Lots of Issues that needs attention and Creative solutions. Opportunities to make a difference and create a good Career .

    Cons

    Have to Work with Key supplier (Flextronics) at their facility . They are not Very Fond of Motorola folks on site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the issues , Recognize your talent and bench Strength. Stop Micromanaging Flex and Dvelop a Plan of action.that will allow you to manage and hold them accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Production Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    In its day was a great place to work

    Cons

    Has moved much production off shore, poor job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Smart people with Lousy 80's management

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Super Smart people.
    Good work Life balance

    Cons

    Very laid Back and poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things need to get done fast and that needs less politics and more streamlined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    High-tech fun and frustration

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some people in the company are extremely skilled and hard working, and they are great to work with on interesting projects related to Android-based products. Motorola is the only big company in Chicago involved in smartphone development.

    Cons

    Many middle managers do not have the training, education, or risk-taking attitude required to stay ahead in the smartphone industry, and there are many middle managers who do almost nothing (except hang onto their job through the next layoff). Adopting the Android platform gave Moto a boost, but not profitability. And now that Google is out of the picture, it's unclear if Lenovo will be able to make the company profitable. This company has a history of invention, but also a tendency to persevere on sidetracked products and senseless missions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to create a highly reliable, streamlined, low-cost phone for the masses. Stop trying to market to high-end youth markets. Figure out how to put an end to the joke I recently heard ("Motorola is the biggest destroyer of human potential in the world."). Develop better business strategies for the company. Communicate the plans better to employees. Support talented team members in their quest to implement great stuff for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Feedback for this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Wonderful coworkers, friendly interaction with support groups. Benefits are acceptable, but have deteriorated over the past 10 years.

    Cons

    Heavy workloads, extremely stressful, little to no consideration for quality of workplace and personal life outside of work. Very fast paced, intense project schedules poor work-life balance. They expect their employees to sacrifice their personal lives to meet managements insane schedules. For what? A smartphone? It use to be fun working here, but over the last 10 years and all the layoffs, it's been a grueling, negative work environment to pay the bills. If you want to live a happy, joyful life, this isn't part of the equation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees happy and fun to work at. Foster a positive work environment rather than being put under a microscope by a micromanaging VP of engineering.

  7.  

    This review is for the Motorola Home (now ARRIS) division. Classic top heavy politically driven corporation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. You don't have to work particularly hard if that appeals to you but there are lots of people who do. Some really excellent talented people work there and do their best despite the chaos that sometimes prevails.

    Cons

    Leadership team does everything but lead. Never seem to complete a goal, in a constant state of flux. If you're incompetent and can hide well, you've got a career for life. You are always in a firefighting mode, Constantly introducing new standards and best practices but never followed to completion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people accountable, including your upper management. And practice some honesty in your communications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good Company.... Constant Change

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

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cool products, latest technologies, talented people

    Cons

    Constant change, in ownership and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the concerns about Lenovo transition with more clarity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Too many unconstructive meetings for the sake of having one

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Some cool engineers, but majority is all about 'holding' their job!

    Cons

    Too much focus on pleasing the 'boss' and his/her immediate goals.. that explains why this company is no more, right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did the right thing, sold to Lonovo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Circling the drain?

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    Current Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great products and a great tradition of innovation. Google influence has invigorated the environment and focused development efforts in a healthy way.

    Cons

    Uncertainty over Lenovo direction and fear we will return to trying to be all things for all carriers.

    Layoffs have been brutal and persistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your marketing house in order. Our products are much better than our sales figures indicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Test Engineer / Project Management

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    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer  in  Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work, good work environment, with alot of good people to work with. There is alot of new Technology to work on and produce into the market place.

    Cons

    Some of the various group were difficult to work with, not enough advancement to move into other groups, Benefits were reducing and you supporting more out of pocket expenses. and constant lay-off's, not very steady place to work right now. Not enough training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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