Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh
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Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 128 reviews)

  • Friendly work environment and table tennis room in the office (in 108 reviews)

Cons
  • Politics among senior management (in 96 reviews)

  • Work life balance has become a challenge amid tough industry challenges (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Motorola Working Culture

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    Former Employee - Principal RF Engineer in Plantation, FL
    Former Employee - Principal RF Engineer in Plantation, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Motorola is an accommodating business to the family life style

    Cons

    Motorola has lost ability to conduct common sense business.


  2. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Motorola was a very good company to work for, but during this time (2002-2003) we had to clean up a great deal of corruption and fraud in the company. Internal controls had been lax for a significant amount of time. It was a monumental job, fun to do, but I'd prefer to work in a tighter ship.

    Cons

    The company was struggling at this time (2003) and despite their history and reputation, had challenges executing.


  3. I wouldn't go back unless I needed the money

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    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries -- and white-collar overtime pay on some projects. Many in-house services (cafeteria, dry cleaning, ...). Chances for promotions due to high turnover. State of the art technology.

    Cons

    Depending upon project, hours can be absolutely brutal -- 12 hour days, 7 day per week not unusual -- burnout and turnover are high. Tech bosses are often from tech areas different from the ones they are supervising and with zero management training they are often useless or worse. Watch out for subtle politics -- ideally agendas should be project & team but beware of personal agendas.

    Advice to Management

    Unrealistic deadlines are not always motivational; often they are the opposite. Implement a real management training program; great tech skills do not equal great mgt skills. Address hidden political and personal agendas (alliances, allegiances, and personal career ambitions) as they often hurt overall project and product innovation and progress.


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    Mechanical Development Engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Team. Team. Team. My team mates are great and there are many bright and talented people there. Driven to get good results and willing to bend over backwards for each other.

    Cons

    Leadership and Development of new leadership. Iqbal Arshad rules with a heavy hand. This trickles down through all levels of management. It is also very apparent that they can't make a decision which puts timing and product cycles at risk. The company just lost many good hard working people to layoffs, due to decisions made at a higher level. Yet, still all leadership stays the same. Lenovo's acquisition may lead to a better business, but it doesn't seem to be leading to a better culture. Benefits are slowly being taken away and employee moral is at an all time low.

    Advice to Management

    For the company, Lenovo's biggest mistake, was leaving Motorola to their own devices. Then when the Google effect wore off, the true Motorola shone through.


  6. Long time Motorola employee

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to work on some leading edge technology.

    Cons

    The company has been losing money for some time and can't seem to figure out how to get back to being a profitable growing company. We just keep shrinking.

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out something different because just continuing the current path will fail.


  7. Unstable

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable group who design great products work life balance not so good 12 hr workdays not unusual

    Cons

    Instability due to constant fear of layoffs company is not turning profit despite release of products in this continuing trend with layoffs and closure of facilities Motorola may not be here in near future

    Advice to Management

    Induce stability in company not just talk,create a winning model to gain market share


  8. Helpful (1)

    Anonymous Employee

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    Current Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - California in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talent People, Good Benefit, Good campus locations.

    Cons

    There are too many talkers, not enough doers.

    Advice to Management

    Make decision-making process more open, transparent and quick


  9. Good and bad

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    Former Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Pros

    Lots of new technology, innovative engineers, and some great projects.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics and too much management get in the way of creativity, innovation and delivering great products.


  10. Slowing down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and polite; flexible work hours. Merchandise Mart is a great location.

    Cons

    There is a lot of discussion in the product management space, not a lot of action. Too many people involved in a single decision.

    Advice to Management

    Get your employees in front of more consumers, grant individual employees more decision making power. Reduce, don't build, that middle management layer.


  11. Mixed Bag

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Pros

    Nice physical work environment Talented engineering staff but non-engineering talent is highly dependent on program being worked on

    Cons

    No real development programs to speak of making growth opportunities very narrow High management turnover New management not staying long enough to be accountable for results of their org or program Brogrammer culture



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