Motorola Mobility

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Motorola Mobility Reviews in Schaumburg, IL

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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)


Cons
  • 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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  1.  

    Not satisfying, work for 2 years and then move on

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    - Good place for youngsters to get their hands wet.
    - Upper management is pretty chilled out and would not make you work hard, career progress is decent if you stick around for a lot of years

    Cons

    - Very relaxed attitude towards work. Hard deadlines are never followed.
    - Most of the senior coders walk in anytime they want and stay till whatever time suits them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take lots of feedback from entry-level employees or those who have worked in other companies for many years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once was a great place to work, alas no more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Benefits package was good, onsite gym, onsite day care facility, on site cafeteria (poor food though). Fairly good central location.

    Cons

    Constant fear of being laid off.
    Lack of communication from Senior Management to employees.
    Management making decisions to lay people off yet still flying their corporate jets and spending frivolously on their own personal enjoyment.
    Dull monotonous environment lacking in inspiration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good for the senior managers to BE SEEN to be making some sacrifices themselves personally. It still seems like they enjoy the good life while laying off people and cutting back benefits etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Telecom Giant on the verge of losing its legacy

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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

    Work Life balance
    Great location.
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Management is bad.
    Engineers are not treated with respect.
    Jobs are being outsourced heavily and only product management is being done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give Engineer the role/job that they want to do. Don't force them to do the work that they don't like to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    For a fortune 500 company, Motorola is not very exciting or inspiring to work for.

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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

    - Work-life balance
    - Casual environment, flexible timing
    - Good amount of paid time off
    - Good flexibility in terms of working from home
    - Good arrangements for working mothers/parents and part-time students

    Cons

    - Not enough opportunities to grow personally or professionally
    - Good performance is only recognised when there is enough budget
    - Senior management doesn't take any of the hit for their mistakes and bonuses of employees plummet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to comments from employees at the lowest levels as well, as that is where the inspiration of the company lies
    - Encourage new ideas from employees rather than competing by copying other companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    General

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Good technical exposure and opportunities

    Cons

    Mid/Senior management is not trustworthy either for engineers or for CEO. Its a class of all politics and little work - mostly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your act and not the engineers who really matter. To compete ,think about max 4 level of hierarchy. Recognize, attract and retain talent.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Motorola is a dying company

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

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Big name, benefits still relatively good, salary decent, most managers honor flexible work hours

    Cons

    Absolutely no job security. I never got laid off in 10+ years working there but had seen dozens of coworkers getting laid off. Motorola is a falling dynasty. Think of "permanent full time" at Motorola as "6 month contract with full benefit"
    I'm just so glad that I gave them resignation before they had a chance to lay me off. Moto isn't what it used to be - sad, sad, sad place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe there's more to running a company than workforce reduction. How about innovation and marketing strategy? How about keeping core research and engineering in U.S? Especially, in areas related to national security??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A company with good benefits but poor salary structure, lack of meritocracy and lack of respect for education

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Someone with no experience or straight out of school will benefit from being able to join Motorola. Decent health care benefits. Great place for mothers as day care present on site. Gym on site. International candidates can get work visa sponsorship.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low, as much as 40-50% lower than comparable positions for experienced professionals. Promotions are based on political influences rather than merit. There are a significant number of poor performers in middle management, and politics is prevalent in promotions and recognition. You need to be extremely strong in networking and social skills to get noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to focus on placing good reward mechanisms and merit recognition making sure that employees get recognized for their work and adequately rewarded. The salaries can be more competitive. Suggest hiring an external HR consultant to identify poor performing middle managers and promptly be removed. Better support for international candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start as an intern and a software Engineer.

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

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    If you are not to corporate world, then this will get you started. you can learn how to handle projects on your own. But after an experience of 3 years, you won't find much to learn- but politics and sitting in comfort zone!

    Cons

    very less to learn. Not competitive. Management is too Bad and too many

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the new hires and the developers to create a better Motorola product and stop growing just you !

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Motorola Public Safety

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Motorola has diligently served the First Responder community for decades and represents a respected and dependable brand. Motorola saves lives - the lives of those of us who might be victims and the lives of those who rush to save us. If you work here you can turn a proud face to the world.

    Cons

    If you hire into this division as a sales person you will not be trained. You will not even be effectively managed toward development.
    Negotiate HARD for your money/salary up front... you're unlikely to see any more once you're in (no promotion, no profit sharing, no current 401K matching, higher $$ contrib to health benefits every year).
    Just about everybody here introduces themselves by telling you who they are, who they work for, how long they've been here (most people in this business division have NEVER held ANY job outside Motorola), and who they are related to.
    Motorola promotes diversity as long as it involves color, gender, age, sexual preference or disability - the one diversity that Motorola does not actively work to include are technical and sales professionals who come here from outside the company. You are particularly challenged if you've been hired for your network and infrastructure background with no knowledge of legacy two-way radio communications. You won't be trained in it......... and it's difficult to get the advice and knowledge you've been hired for to be listened to or used. Trying to bring new approaches and ideas to the business will be a constant struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house Find a way to humanely and respectfully move the "radio-only" people along their way to either retirement or more profitable employment with Channel Partners where their years of radio knowledge can be of use to the next generation of two-way technicians. Start giving sales people targets and rewards for expertise and mastery of new network and communication technology - then put progressive learning and development programs in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Typical job for the modern corporation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Technician in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Motorola is a great place to earn money and gain experience while you concurrently search for a job that offers better compensation and a future.

    Cons

    Their dedication to under appreciating the lower pay tier of the company is outstanding. The production floor typically has a ratio of 1 Motorola employee to 10 contract workers (who make half of what the Motorola employee makes).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire contract workers who cost the same as a regular employee but reduce headcount (bigger bonuses) you create an atmosphere that fosters turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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