Motorola Solutions

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Motorola Solutions Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
601 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is a good amount of engaging work and great work life balance is the norm (in 80 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home, vacation or paid time off starts at 4 weeks for developers (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is less people-oriented than they used to be (in 22 reviews)

  • Don't really have any work life balance as workload is quite a lot for purchasing (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    The good old Motorola is gone and won't be coming back

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

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Motorola does give pretty good PTO days and the salary seems to be a little higher than the rest of the industry. There's some bonding through misery which causes some camaraderie.

    Cons

    Motorola used to be a fantastic place to work. Lots of opportunity, balanced work-life, and the prestige that went with a Fortune 70 company. Then it started selling off small pieces then selling off major pieces. This along with the constant layoffs caused it to transform itself into literally a new company called Motorola Solutions.

    We thought that this smaller more focused place would solve it's past issues. However, now this company is still selling off and heavily laying off the last piece that's remaining. Morale is at an all-time low as there's nowhere internally left to "escape" to. Is barely a Fortune 500 company now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the emotional impact all of these layoffs and sell-offs cause to your employees. And please stop saying to forget about the past. It's the glorious past that caused us to join Motorola in the first place. Understand that being a "has-been" is in many ways worse than being a "never-was".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Out-Sourced to Asia

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    nothing relevant for employee success

    Cons

    Tenure means nothing - out-source at will

  3.  

    Concerned for the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions full-time

    Pros

    It is nice to be able to work from home when needed and I am grateful for the vacation time. I am also fortunate to have a great manager, but that is pretty much where the pros end.

    Cons

    The fact that I am going through my second acquisition in two years is a joke. The CEO only cared about his $50 million paycheck when he sold off the enterprise business. This company has no direction whatsoever, or if they do, they're sure not sharing it with their employees. I'm concerned that Zebra doesn't really know what they're getting themselves into.

    The lack of training has been brutal. How do you expect your employees to be successful when you don't give them the right resources? I know how great things can be and at this point in time, they are terrible. The benefits could be better and the compensation is lacking. The company is just so large that no one knows what anyone else is doing. Everyone focuses on their tiny bit of responsibility and never takes a step back to see the big picture (nor are they willing to branch out).

    Morale throughout the business is at an all-time low. You honestly wonder every single morning if today is the day they outsource your department or send you on your way. Living in constant limbo is no way to be. You feel like your tenure and experience mean nothing.

    The ethical standards of this company worry me too. How is it ethically responsible to lay off numerous US employees, only to give their jobs to a third party company in Mexico that pays its employees $11 a day? How about shutting down an entire Canadian warehouse and sending those jobs to China? Unfortunately, it seems this company is all about profit and nothing more. If they're striving for something else, then they have a funny way of showing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop outsourcing!!! You may be paying people in the US more money, but we actually know what we're doing and that will save time and money in the long run.

    Make sure your employees are happy and have the tools needed to succeed. Without your employees, this company is nothing. Simplifying processes can go a long way.

    Also, give middle management the ability to make the right choices for their teams. Too many times, it's upper management making decisions and having no idea how it will affect the people actually carrying out the decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The Incredible Shrinking Once Great American Technology Giant.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It pays the mortgage. The rank and file are great people. Getting a parking spot gets easier and easier by the month. Technical talent is mixed, but the creme del a creme is among the best in the business.

    Cons

    Corporate cares about its human resources, in the same manner that it cares about raw materials, energy, and facilities. They are all resources and they are all a cost. A burden on profits and they are very active in reducing this inefficiency.

    It feels like corporate raiders are running the show.

    The old Motorola culture is dead and the New and Transformed Motorola is all about the bonuses of the corporate officers and top brass and getting the stock price up for the next quarter. There is a perception that Sr. Leadership would fire every last Motorolan if it meant a jackpot for them at the end of it. That perception is widespread.

    Last year they had a layoff just before Christmas. Bah humbug.

    Moral among the employees is at an all-time low. Going to work is like visiting a cancer ward, and trust me, there's a cancer spreading through the company. It's called lack of vision, lack of concern for the employees' well-being, and constant worrying if the "you're going to get a visit from your manager when the next round comes", and it will. Then you have to deal with the politics on top of it all. Tribalism is suffocating as everyone competes for the last seat in the lifeboat so to speak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop strip-mining the company and ruining the lives of so many people that gave their hearts for this place - because they once believed in the Galvin Family model that "the employees are everything. Take care of the employees and the employees will take care of you", and start showing some competencies in being able to GROW this company (the size is down >90% from when I started due to sell-offs and strip-mining the employ to get the stock price up.

    Sell->layoff->Stock Price Goes Up->Collect massive bonus->Sell->layoff->Stock Price Goes Up->Collect massive bonus. Wash, rinse, repeat until nothing is left.

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

    Resting on their laurels while the company fell apart

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you live in the Schaumburg area, this could be a nice, convenient place to work.

    Cons

    Motorola still thinks they are the leader they were 30 years ago and while they talk about innovation, they are so caught up in red tape and process that it takes forever to move forward. Management believes they have all the answers and continue to build roadblocks to success. While they are a "global" company, their world view is centered in Schaumburg.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit you don't know all the answers; listen to employees, stop promoting "yes men" to management positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Current Management Ruined one of the best US companies

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

    I worked at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay specifically for Directors and above was very good.

    Cons

    Works employees into the ground. Good ole boys club. No diversity. Unable to look beyond current quarterly reporting. Makes knee jerk decisions to make quarterly numbers with little regard for impact on future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more interest in giving back to the community & employees. Need to investigate inappropriate behavior by management towards female personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Was very happy to get out!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quite innovative products, they seems to have lost their way but this is what happens when you cannot attract and retain good employees.

    Cons

    The worst manager I ever reported to, which contributed to the an extremely bad working environment, I will not wish this experience on my enemy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Will it matter!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, Underappreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Operations in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Product Operations in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some flexibility for work/life balance. (Flexible hours, work remotely, etc.)

    Cons

    Continuous layoffs but upper management still expects the same amount of work to get done by those who remain. Middle management cannot help and has a adopted a "you should just be glad you still have a job attitude." Very limited opportunities for advancement - barely any movement within the organizations as nobody wants to be the last one hired on a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The magic's gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the technical people are really, really smart and passionate about what they do. Engineers can work get great experience solving problems in many fields.

    Cons

    Many of the account teams are not to be trusted. Senior management is focused on Wall Street, not the customers, making consistent decisions to outsource and off-shore work, and adopt new systems and processes that require more human intervention in order to reduce the ledger sheet's bottom line. Continued force reductions have reduce US morale to fatalistic levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore focus on producing great products with the reliability Motorola customers expect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrible, Toxic, Cut-Throat Work Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ENGINEERING & DESIGN in Plantation, FL
    Former Employee - ENGINEERING & DESIGN in Plantation, FL

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

    Pros

    A select few co-workers are decent, kind people.

    Cons

    Work environment is extremely cut-throat within and between departments. Managers care little about their employees' welfare or progression in company but focus on their own self-interests. Some co-workers have extreme anger management issues, resulting in unprofessional verbal berating of colleages and an overall high tension atmosphere. Managers overlook this constant abuse of their employees if the offender is a has high work output. There is no point striving to do excellent work, as more senior colleages will distort reality to managers and railroad more junior co-workers for their own self-interests/steal credit for much of junior-level colleague's work, so it is impossible to receive positive feedback, a good review, or any semblance of job satisfaction. Avoid working here at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue to only worry about yourself, it will catch up to you eventually.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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