Motorola Solutions

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Updated February 14, 2015
Updated February 14, 2015
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Pros
  • There is a good amount of engaging work and great work life balance is the norm (in 83 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home, vacation or paid time off starts at 4 weeks for developers (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't really have any work life balance as workload is quite a lot for purchasing (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Aging technology and Aging staff.

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

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

    Pros

    There aren't many PROs left anymore if you are a new employee/Applicant especially now that internally teams have merged to become one. There is lot of demand/competition internally for meaningful work which probably has the tendency to work against the interests of new or younger employees.

    MSI's major selling point has been 2 way radios and unfortunately outside of Motorola there isnt much scope for this technology or for people skilled in this area.Most my colleagues have been working here since 15-20 years. They are more aware/skilled in the technology of the 80-90's. IP skills among many are non-existent.

    So unless your interested in working for a group that specializes at 2-way radio communications system test there isnt any incentive to work here. Very less scope for promotions/incentives due overall state of the business which desperately needs customers.

    Cons

    I can probably talk endlessly to describe the downside of working for Motorola but I will try to highlight a few factors which summarize state of affairs at MSI,

    In the last 5 years Motorola as an entity/Brand has lost both its Mobile Phone Business arm in Libertyville, IL.(To Google which then sold it to Lenovo) and the Arlington Heights, IL location (which specialized in CDMA and WiMax/LTE) to Nokia Siemens which also resulted job cuts for former Motorola Employees working in WiMax/CDMA and some in LTE.

    Motorola as whole has been shrunken down to the Schaumburg location which specializes in selling 2-way Radio/ Private Broadband tech for public safety customers. This location has also seen a lot of job cuts and reorganizations and layoffs which has affected many of my peers and colleagues with whom I have worked with in the recent past.

    Most of the development has been moved over to Krakow, Poland.

    The campus area has also shrunk with Motorola selling most of its land/buildings to Zurich North America and Zebra Inc.

    The latest news hinting at a possible sale of the company to another buyer/investor is discouraging.

    Working here would not only limit exposure to an outdated technology with a declining customer base but also lead to an uncertain and unsatisfying job experience. There are definitely better jobs out there which are more rewarding than working for MSI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees like cattle and hear them out.

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

    Great people, and a former visionary company

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - ENGINEERING SECTION MANAGER
    Former Employee - ENGINEERING SECTION MANAGER

    I worked at Motorola Solutions

    Pros

    The People who work at Motorola Solutions are wonderful to work with.
    The purpose to serve Mission Critical Customers is inspiring!
    Good Benefits and Compensation

    Cons

    The focus is survival as opposed to innovation which was once a strength of the company.
    Too many force reductions has overtaxed the remaining employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find your Purpose / Vision and drive towards it ruthlessly!
    The people are your critical assets, treat them accordingly!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A former great company with an uncertain future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions

    Pros

    One of the true and great innovators of its former age while the Galvins led the company. Motorola has a solid product portfolio, a large customer base and has managed to survive within its specific industry. Significant research dedicated to product and solutions development. Brand is well-respected and well known in many parts of the world. Employee benefits OK. Compensation: average. Career options still exist but only if you are in management or sales. Many talented people still work at Motorola.

    Cons

    Indifferent and uninspiring leadership at best. Certainly not in the top 100's by any standard. Many people without the right skills promoted to top leadership positions during the good years. Now suffering the consequences for those decisions. In a permanent state of workforce reduction, reorganization and consolidation. Disproportionate salaries and perks for executives in relation to anyone else. Challenges: weak HR organization, limited innovation, internal bureaucracy and no clear long-term vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to allow the real existing talent to take positions of leadership if the company is to change for the better.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Iconic Company Winding Down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Legacy business continues to drive revenues

    Cons

    CEO believes the parts of the company is worth more than the sum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's never to late to treat employees like an asset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Motorola Solutions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Solutions

    Pros

    They have a good 401K plan, and the people that work there are great. The Company touts collaboration, move fast, be nimble, and make good decisions, however most employees are not empowered to do these things without approval from upper level management.

    Cons

    The benefits are good but they have passed on a lot of the cost to the employees. It is hard to get promoted. There have been major lay-offs for the last few years, and it is not a good environment to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should value the experience that long term employees contribute to the corporation. They need to figure out different ways to show a profit other than reducing head count.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    In a State of Decline

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

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

    Pros

    Great engineering and technical staff.

    Cons

    Very poor and non-visionary leadership.
    Does not walk-the-talk on Innovation.
    Extremely challenged business environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth strategy is flawed!
    Make real investments (and not just do lip service) in Innovate the Future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uncertain future if you're a hardware engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions

    Pros

    Compensation is good. Opportunity to work on new technologies. Very dynamic workplace which make it interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Very dynamic environment which at times is very hectic and stressful. Disconnect between business and product development teams. Benefits keep going down.

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

    Questionable Future...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, but were seemingly chipped away year after year, no different than most companies I would assume. Accrued Paid Time Off (PTO) was good. Depending on your department and management, ability to work from home was a nice perk.

    Cons

    Office culture based on fear and CYA as the company's fortunes dipped quarter after quarter, year after year. ZERO accountability for bad management; Many employees laid off would be honest in exit interviews regarding issues with lack of accountability in managers, and HR seemed to not give a damn, doing NOTHING to address issues brought up in exit interviews. "Old Boy" network of mid-managers who do everything to cover their own butts, which can often mean that yours is in a sling. I saw first hand a number of clueless managers who survived year after year of cutbacks & layoffs, and the question from colleagues and myself would inevitably be "They didn't let (insert name) go?!?!? How clueless are they?!?!"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management is running around like chickens with their heads cut off chasing after the "numbers," and getting stuck in analysis paralysis. If Managment would take a step back, take a deep breath, and actively request and ACT on employee feedback, they might, MIGHT, be able to turn around what appears to many employees within to be a dying company breathing its last gasps...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Test Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    good people good team and

    Cons

    poor management and no innovation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Many opportunities but not a happy place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service/Support
    Former Employee - Customer Service/Support

    I worked at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with a good benefit package and flexible hours/schedules/

    Cons

    Everyone travels all the time - big waste of money... and they outsource their most important operations to other countries. Long hours and lots of stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As many big companies today Motorola Solutions does not seem to care about what employees or customers want or need. Stop worring about the few and take care of the masses - customers included most of all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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