Motorola Solutions Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. A Once Iconic Company Circling the Drain. What A Shame !

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Previously there was great innovation and exciting products and systems

    Worked on both sides of the company; Motorola Solutions and what was called Motorola HOME and is now Arris

    Motorola Solutions, the bread and butter of the company is still a force in the LMR World for Public Safety. However in the last few years key competitors have overtaken them through innovation and acquisitions.

    Enjoyed the Public Safety side of the business. Many smart older engineers and several young bucks that were very solid engineering grads. Good direct manager and colleagues in the Project, Program and Systems group.

    Cons

    Massive Politics, CYA, and poor management.

    Regular Layoffs

    Culture of blame and fear due to layoffs and constant change in company and departmental structure. No one really has any idea any more what to do, just thinking about how to save job and make others look bad. Good people go, Bad people stay a recipe for disaster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that you've announced or leaked the possibility of a sale, get your parachutes ready I guess.

    A once inconic company circling the drain. Perhaps they have a few more years to live, but look at what happened when Google took over the phone side. Motorola - the actual inventor of the cell phone. Gone to a computer maker and a Chinese one at that. OUCH !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. OK

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Good pay, stock purchase plan, 401k matching, health, dental, vision. People are extremely nice and respectful. Team unity is reasonably strong. Could be good for those seeking client relations experience. Small-company feel within the large corporation.

    Cons

    Formerly was a culture that had learning opportunities (brown bag sessions, attending conferences) but not anymore. Team is predominately male heads of household, in their upper 40s; all millennials have left (which is good or bad, depending on your preferences!).

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. Not A Good Place For Minorities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. But salaries are deflated.

    Cons

    Discrimination sanctioned by leadership. Minorities are treated very badly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

    Aging technology and Aging staff.

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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great people, and a former visionary company

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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
  7. A former great company with an uncertain future

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Iconic Company Winding Down

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Motorola Solutions

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    In a State of Decline

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    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
  11. 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

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