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  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 128 reviews)

  • Good place to work, good work environment, with alot of good people to work with (in 108 reviews)


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  • Senior management has high turnover in last few years which forces business changes (in 96 reviews)

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

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    Bad

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    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abysmal

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away if you value your time

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, decent benefits compared to the market, Pay is good if you can get in at a high level, just don't expect a raise. Some niche product teams seem to have good managers and collaboration.

    Cons

    One of the worst environments I have ever worked in. There is no collaboration because you have to look better than your peers or be rated as a bad performer. Going to work everyday is like going to war. Lots of back stabbing and e-mail flame wars. If you miss spell a word in an e-mail the guy next to you will point it out to a list of managers. Good luck if you ever make a honest mistake. Half of my day is spent perfecting e-mails so that they don't get used politically. You're afraid to ask questions because that is a sign that you're not as good a performer as your peers.

    Managers have too much power over employees. One bad review and you will never be able to find a new job within the company. My manager criticized me for taking a vacation in my year end review and actually typed it into the report.

    The company is now finding ways lay people off without paying severance. A test engineer in the Astro department was put on a Performance Improvement Plan and let go within a few month. They got no severance and now having trouble getting unemployment benefits. Then a week later you see the same position posted on Career Builder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to change the culture immediately before this company becomes completely irrelevant. You don't go from #1 in the cell phone market to #7 for no reason. You need to hire smart people from the start instead of rank and yanking employees. Don't even get me started on the executive pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Extremely dissatisfied, please look elsewhere!

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    They will provide reimbursement for Masters degree, however you would need to stay with the company around 2-3 years from the date of complertion to waive any fee. best thing is to work their for 2-3 years and then move on.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management, treat junior engineers with disrespect and no recognition for hard work. No raises or promotions for number of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide recognition to your employees, give them basic respect, provide raises and promotions according to their hard work and dedication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    WOW what a place

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    The cafeteria has good food

    Cons

    If you're a good old boy you'll do ok..
    Role and responsibilities not clear.
    Company always seems confused, they change constantly. Change for change sake!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A Once Great Company

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    Former Employee - Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Work / life balance is good
    Medical insurance is still reasonably good

    Cons

    Lack of vision at all levels, Fear of taking risks, CYA is rampant
    Politics is rewarded over doing a good job and impacting the bottom line
    Most of the good people have already left
    Little respect for loyal employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking about what is best for Motorola and stop putting your own selfish needs first

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    famous big company and good to shown in the resume

    Cons

    managers don't respect employees
    overall company working culture is terrible
    too much process and a lot of engineers survive by making more complicated process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should treat employees fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Motorola - feast or famine

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Mot has good benefits and provides a great salary! The company makes every attempt to be ahead of the curve and is forward thinking.

    Cons

    Management is reactive versus proactive.
    Management is a good-ole-boy club especially with India managers.
    Wants to be first no matter the cost to employee.
    Does a poor job during a layoff process and tends to cut to far leaving to few personnel to do an adequate job.
    Does a poor job of mentoring!
    Information is not shared.
    Training is poor to non-existent. Use to provide a 40hr/ year now ...only on per job need.
    Has tended to use freeware on released products - buyer beware -- you get what you pay for!
    Management tends to be sneaky during a review process - employee beware there will be surprises at the year end summary.
    Spends way to much time and effort on employee reviews. At one time there was 4 check points now they have gone to 3...still way to much time spent for reviews. They need to keep it simple, if the employee wants to advance then let them do the work to advance with the aid of management. If an employee is happy doing what he/she is happy with why make them change? So what I'm saying here is Mot likes to "force" change... they see change as growth. However, at times change can be a determent to a happy employee and cause a determent to a company as well.
    Tends to out-source jobs to others that do not know the product, how to program, how to test, and how to support.
    Famous for creating time wasters (postmortems) and not learning or improving from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just an opinion, but I know of several people there both at the mother ship/IL office and other locations that are fed up with management and that it needs to look back and see how they got into the position they are now... take a lesson from history and revisit do an postmortem on how the Galvin's created an ran a great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dump, burn and start over.

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    Current Employee - Principal Staff Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Staff Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Checks are not bouncing when I cash them.

    Cons

    Old Boy network.

    It's who you know, who's ass you kiss. You merits are not rewarded.

    Always restructuring and reorganizing the business units. it happens every 18 months.

    Not sure if bonuses are still valid as a result of restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump, burn and start over with maybe some outside leadership.
    Take the efforts put in to Six Sigma and ISO and focus on products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Motorola a sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Poor Management, uncertain future of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a job somewhere else and let someone who knows what they are doing to take over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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