Motorola Solutions

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Motorola Solutions Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 510 reviews

63% Approve of the CEO

Motorola Solutions Chairman & CEO Gregory Q. Brown

Gregory Q. Brown

(240 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good amount of engaging work and great work life balance is the norm(in 61 reviews)

  • It is nice to be able to work from home when needed and I am grateful for the vacation time(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is less people-oriented than they used to be(in 17 reviews)

  • Be sure to maintain your work-life balance and set up limits(in 7 reviews)

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    Out-Sourced to Asia

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosnothing relevant for employee success

    ConsTenure means nothing - out-source at will

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    Concerned for the future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

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

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    The Incredible Shrinking Once Great American Technology Giant.

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsCorporate 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Resting on their laurels while the company fell apart

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Current Management Ruined one of the best US companies

    Finance (Former Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsPay specifically for Directors and above was very good.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was very happy to get out!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementWill it matter!

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

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    Overworked, Underappreciated

    Product Operations (Former Employee) Schaumburg, IL

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

    ConsContinuous 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible, Toxic, Cut-Throat Work Environment

    ENGINEERING & DESIGN (Former Employee) Plantation, FL

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

    ConsWork 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 Senior ManagementIf you continue to only worry about yourself, it will catch up to you eventually.

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

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    The magic's gone

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsMost 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.

    ConsMany 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 Senior ManagementRestore focus on producing great products with the reliability Motorola customers expect.

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

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    Poisonous politics

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Plantation, FL

    ProsGood pay and incentives and health and 401K

    ConsA discouraging work environment with unhappy employees

    Advice to Senior Managementset aside self interests and politics, do good 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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