Motorola Mobility Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,503 Reviews

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Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 122 reviews)

  • Very flexible work hours as long as things get done (in 57 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management retains high degree of control on most decisions (in 95 reviews)

  • Was an excellent role and the hours were perfect for getting a good work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Going in the wrong direction for years

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great engineering minds and wonderful resources.

    Cons

    The leadership was leading the way in the wrong direction for over a decade. Google has been trying to change that, but it will take time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do something to help employee moral.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hopeful turn around

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Libertyville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Libertyville, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Backed by Google and slowly improving.
    Creative Engineers
    Great history.
    Decent Benefits

    Cons

    Under a culture rebuilding. Struggling to be Google like
    A little fish in a big sea.
    Uncertain future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ReRevieRe

    Former Employee - Product Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Long work hours and commute.

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  5.  

    Good company with innovations but ruined by management

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, working conditions. Great co-workers who cares and worked hard. Had a few great innovations

    Cons

    Management was a mess, no vision. Management on top of management, hard to get things moving, always back and forth with too many process. The management was milking on the Razr's success for too long and never think outside of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    forward thinking, listen more to lower level's idea and comments.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Some great people, but abysmal upper management.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Motorola Mobility used to be an awesome place to work. Employees were treated with respect and dignity. The company used to pride itself with treating employees better than its competitors. However, changes in upper management have all but destroyed a once great company.

    Cons

    Extremely depressing environment. Employees only just tolerated. Example, the ever present layoffs count employees as "work units" as in: "first quarter, 1,500 work units released." A once wonderful company has been devastated by upper managers only concerned with guaranteeing their own multi-million dollar parachutes. The only money making strategy in the last five years has been to lay off thousands American workers every three months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Laying off 1,000+ workers per year and then giving multiple upper managers $10+ Million bonuses year after year for "saving money" is both unsustainable and despicable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    How Motorola Lost it's Way

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales & Service  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales & Service in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Collaborative teams, good customer base, a lot of new talent. Strong installed base. Taking steps to become a key player once again.

    Cons

    Too little to late, have lost of lot of the Engineering and design talent that made us successful at one time. Always lagging a few steps behind the competition vs the times when Motorola was the leader and the innovator.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Company is rebuilding

    Former Employee - Director  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting products in a highly competitive marketplace. This keeps the job content fresh, challenging, and dynamic.
    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Recent force reductions to right size company. Company is retooling its leadership team and product portfolio. Job security is weak during this period.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not a great place pay wise or culture wise but good for getting experience

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Libertyville, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Libertyville, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lot of new things to learn, new innovations.

    Cons

    Pay sucks,
    work culture is not that great
    good for people who are good at talking than working.
    no knowledge transfer, fend for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your engineers
    respect their work
    train engineers before you push them into an unknown work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very competitive but lack of immediate response to the market dynamic

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good synergy and enthusiasm of the team

    Cons

    not a stable place to work anymore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    faster alignment & response to the consumer needs, improve quality of the product development process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting, Fast paced,

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Exciting, New technology, ability to make an impact

    Cons

    Stressful, always looking over your shoulder for next layoff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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