Motorola Solutions

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Not for ambitious, high performing professionals, company in sharp decline for the last decade

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Former Employee - Systems Engineer
Former Employee - Systems Engineer

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

Pros

-Good work-life balance, fairly good benefits (401k, health, retirement)
-Laid back atmosphere for the most part
-Telecommuting

Cons

1) Nepotism is rampant throughout this company. Hiring and promotions have nothing to do with experience, performance, merits, etc. Much is done under the table with lack of transparency. Most of the internviews are just a charade. At times, I have seen where family members, friends, girlfiends, and cousins had been hired under the table.

2) If you are ambitious and a high achiever, then you will not fit in. If you are one of those who is happy and content with where you are for the next 25 years, ask no questions, brain-dead professionals, then you will be just fine.

3) Reorganization every 6 months, old ideas are recycled as new ideas.

4) In decline for the last 10+ years. Company outlook very gloomy since no growth in revenue, no growth is product portfolio, lack of identity. At one point, the company had 140,000 employees, it shrank to 60,000 about 10 yrs ago, then couple of years ago it was down to 20,000. Catch the drift? Revenue is going in the same direction as well.

5) Some within the company including upper managment are still disillusioned and arrogant about where Motorola Solutions stands today.

6) Many old old old dead-weights in managment and throughout the company. They are there until they die or retire without any kind of accountability. Additionally, these same folks also have a problem of old ways of thinking in terms of work, women, race, religion, etc. Still narrow views of life in 2013.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Your company is a dying star. Find something innovative or you are doomed.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    What will the future hold?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Vast engineering knowledge related to two-way radio communication
    - Top of the market. No apparent change so business doesn't appear to change anytime soon.

    Cons

    - Old school management and development. Practices that have worked 20 years ago mostly still being used.
    - Possibly lost a bit of vision for future and what the evolution of two-way communications might be.
    - Upper management and business not very organized with a near-term and long-term vision
    - Many workers have been there a while. Stunts opportunities for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an innovation team busy. Get a better sales/marketing team to understand what customers solutions are needed later - and prepare for that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    One of the Better Employers Available Today

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

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

    Pros

    Company is not entirely focused on their bottom line, even though they have lost to old Motorola ambience of "being a Motorolan is being a family member" the Galvins inculcated.

    Cons

    Now being run by MBAs who could never have built a company like Motorola, but are able to slowly dismantle it, following the "whim of the moment" in management. Still retains better work environment than most large multi-national tech companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loose the "cookie cutter" mentality in dealing with employees. Not all people are motivated by the same things, and not all want to scratch and claw for the next job advancement, which is what your Performance Management paradigm is solely aimed at. Learn to value a long term experienced contributor, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with new hires, and who has few years left to worry about "climbing the corporate ladder". Also learn to be satisfied when your business is flat compared to last year, when last year was an all time record for the Company. Perpetual growth in all economies is as impossible as perpetual motion in physics. Starting to change things radically because you can't sustain 20% growth year after year is a fool's response.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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