Motorola Mobility

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Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.1 1,478 reviews

55% Approve of the CEO

Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh

Rick Osterloh

(20 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Smart people with Lousy 80's management

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsSuper Smart people.
    Good work Life balance

    ConsVery laid Back and poor management

    Advice to Senior ManagementThings need to get done fast and that needs less politics and more streamlined.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High-tech fun and frustration

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome 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.

    ConsMany 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 Senior ManagementFigure 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsLeadership 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 Senior ManagementHold people accountable, including your upper management. And practice some honesty in your communications.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company.... Constant Change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsCool products, latest technologies, talented people

    ConsConstant change, in ownership and management

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress the concerns about Lenovo transition with more clarity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many unconstructive meetings for the sake of having one

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDid the right thing, sold to Lonovo

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Circling the drain?

    Principal Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Test Engineer / Project Management

    Systems Test Engineer (Former Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementTake care of your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    disorganized

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI think there are a number of innovative thinkers and people who will push to do better.

    ConsManagement of projects are rather disorganized and it just seems there are far too many products for the marketplace. I wish the understanding of "keep it simple" was understood. I also feel that they can stand to understand what innovation can be, it isn't all about engineering, and Motorola needs to be more than engineering, otherwise they just won't be able to compete.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep things simple, don't try to over-message, and make sure there is a great marketable reason for creating products. Additionally, make sure before you start the marketing process, you actually are keenly aware of why and for whom you are creating this product, and especially its relevancy in the marketplace.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood engineers and some opportunities to learn new technologies.

    ConsManagement that lacks vision or passion for technologies. Hard working engineers have been constantly under-appreciated and mistreated. Zero job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt least try to learn the technology.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad with layoffs - but things must have turned around so this review not relevant anymore

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) South Plainfield, NJ

    ProsSmart people, good team atmosphere

    ConsBad financial situation, beuracracy, Layoffs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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