Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 125 reviews)

  • Good place to work, good work environment, with alot of good people to work with (in 104 reviews)


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

  • Work life balance has become a challenge amid tough industry challenges (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    No business strategy communicated, no direction, poor directors that are not qualified for their jobs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Horsham, PA

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

    Pros

    -benefits are good
    -nice, smart co-workers
    -learning opportunities

    Cons

    -executive team is disconnected/self focused and doesn't care about the employees
    -total 'boys club'-no females in senior level positions, no advancement for females
    -directors are known to bully and harass employees without recourse
    -layoffs are ALWAYS looming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -be open with employees-there are so many intelligent, hard working people who want the company to succeed but run into walls because of senior management.
    -provide open communication on what direction the company is moving in
    -don't tell employees that the future is bright and 3 weeks later lay off 4000 people-be honest and show respect for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Downsizing company with no vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Marlborough, MA

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

    Pros

    1. Cutting edge technology.
    2. H1B sponsor.

    Cons

    1. Continuous downsizing kills the morale and hopes in the company's vision.
    2. The Top level management does not care about employees concerns. Those who raise their voice during a performance appraisal are those to be let go when a company restructuring is done and this happens every year because of shrinking profit margin and lack of proper vision.
    3. No recognition for innovation disclosures and publications.
    4. The entire company is in such a mess that it is a ticking time bomb ready to explode.
    5. Ask any employee of Motorola (above 10+ years) of experience. They will tell you how frustrated they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher level management should own the responsibility in lack of vision and focus in meeting their goals and should not cut back on hard working resources who are committed to the employer for a very long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mot-Mobility not exactly the environment it used to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company pays well - overall compensation is very good

    Cons

    overall environment and climate just not good - for the past 15 years, saw reductions about every 6 months. Used to place high premium on strong technical leadership, but just doesn't seem to matter anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care... about employees - you'll get loyalty and better performance out of your human resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    bad to worse to bad

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    nothing to say, the company is an american company with american values that is the only pro

    Cons

    crappy salary, bad management, top heavy company no respect for engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing enters their ears so no use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Treated like slaves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Cash. Medical benefits. Dental coverage.

    Cons

    No respect
    No communication
    All bureaucracy
    No team spirit
    Complete incompetence
    Complete failure of management to assign people with the skills to the jobs.
    Complete failure of management to support, train, and motivate personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You fail. Get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    revolving door

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    Former Employee - Support Administrative in Holtsville, NY
    Former Employee - Support Administrative in Holtsville, NY

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    decent pay, some departments are nice to work for, benefits are average, has amenities at facility.

    Cons

    your just a number. constant lay offs, you are never safe, no communication, no personal life what so ever, you are expected to live and breath for work only. Moto does not care about any of their employees. Favoritism is enormous, constant back stabbing goes on daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the lousy managers in several departments and there are just too many managers for an area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    After 12 years, the company lost the engineer spirit and share a horrible managment

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    - the laptops provided to work are ok
    - free coffe
    - beautiful place to walk after the lunch

    Cons

    - the products and how they are planned to real market really sucks
    - horrible management ... several teams trying to push bugs to other teams like each team is a different company.. the manager really sucks, do not understand nothing technically, the ego is very high..
    - if you are going to working in a integration team forget you have a life... I worked more than 5 month without weekends and 14 to 16 hours in average per day.
    - managers do not have ANY skill as managers.
    - technical leader acts as project manager and do not understand nothing about the code and product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - try to find a job in a regular restaurant like burger king or mac donald's... you are not managers...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Good techincal group, good learning environment.

    Cons

    Disorganized company. Treat employees better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abysmal

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Monitoring in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Network Monitoring in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Steady paycheck. Reasonable benefits, including a credit union, 401k match, company stock purchase plan, medical, dental, vision. Decent front line employees.

    Cons

    Poor morale, poor pay and benefits. No training. No support from IT or management. Ruling by fear and innuendo. If you prove yourself as a capable employee, you will be given more work and more responsibility without more pay. Management routinely will make public any kind of perceived shortcomings they see in employees. If any equipment breaks down, good luck getting it repaired or replaced. On separate occasions, a microwave oven and a refrigerator broke down. Management tried collecting money from the employees to replace both the microwave and the refrigerator. There is no consistent time-off policy, even within the workgroup. Some days, you just have to send an email to get the time approved. If you try leaving in the middle of your shift, even if you have an emergency, even if you have time off available, your manager will demand your badge.
    No consistent measurement of employee performance. Most employee performance is based on subjective buzzwords like "flexibility" and "attitude." Translation: do what management wants whenever they want you to. Don't question the status quo, even if the status quo is terrible. Sit down, shut up, and be grateful to even have a job in a terrible economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat. There are so many mid-level managers whose most lasting contributions are cleaning out the break room refrigerator or posting signs to clean the break room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only take it if you have nothing better

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    -Pay'salright, benefits good, that's where it ends

    Cons

    Loads of incompetent people that get promoted. poor feedback. backstabbers and highly political environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the crap people you have and promote the good ones. Stronger emphasis on results. Show appreciation for hard working and talented people. End the politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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