Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
1,503 Reviews

3.4
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Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh
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25 Ratings

Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer  in  Plantation, FL
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Plantation, FL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is an amazing company. You can learn from each co worker and most of them are willing to help and teach.

    Cons

    Lately layoff. After that nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep pushing on innovation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Working here is mostly happy experience

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

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    people here are friendly, when you meet troubles, you can ask help from others, mostly they would like to help you ASAP.
    Good lead, lead here are very good, they respect everyone, when some tasks need to be assigned to you, they will talk with you gently and will not make you feel they are your boss.
    Good working environment, when working at Libertyvill, the office has very large space, everyone has independent cube.

    Cons

    No specific.
    One thing is some people who worked there don't have too much enthusiasm. Some guys may just walk around and seems they have nothing to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep pros

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall good experience

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.Good compensation and benefits.Good work-life balance.Flexible hours.Opportunity for carrier growth.

    Cons

    High level of uncertainty due to frequent ownership changes and re-organisations.Large company mentality-things move slowly..lots of bureaucracy which stands in the way of efficiency

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic, challenging, and full of change

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    * Ability to work on amazing technology
    * The period of ownership with Google allowed the business time and resources to reinvent itself. Culture began to change to be more data driven, meritocracy, and open.
    * Work results are tangible in the products that are launched
    * Incredible work facility at the Merchandise Mart with lots of amenities

    Cons

    * Uncertainty about the future & strategy with the acquisition by Lenovo
    * Very demanding work; work-life balance very difficult to have as the industry is hyper-competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't unwind the benefits & changes of culture that Google helped foster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Constant layoffs and uncertainty. Employees feel unappreciated by management. Everyone is treated as if they were a con

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

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Evolving technology and projects keep the work interesting on the technical side. Selected projects are well funded and emphasize applications rather than hardware.

    Cons

    Layoffs, reorganizations, confusion, and constant change in priorities make planning and executing projects very difficult for workers. Very unclear what the new future holds. Employees feel unappreciated by management. Everyone is treated as if they were a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to create some sense of stability.

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

    Satisfactory

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good workplace culture, constant learning and good senior management

    Cons

    scope of growth is low, hikes are average

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    glory days are gone

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    will get exposure to new technologies,
    will get to work with talented engineers

    Cons

    hard to make a comeback in this industry, will probably be shutdown after lenovo take over in couple of years

  9.  

    It is an exiting company to work, but management in some areas sucks.

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    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want to be surrounded with people who are making things happen, work on a real product, and you are ambitions, and not afraid of challenges it is a place for you. Also, you'd better be a young, not married, no kids and live in a Chicago Down Town area individual. But be aware....

    Cons

    Company values are advertised as hard workers are getting recognized. This statement pending the situation with sales and a revenue of course. If SLTs are making wrong decision they are in fact punishing the whole company. These "wrong" decisions are plaguing the company for a very long time now. So, it was a hope in 2012 when Google took over that things would become better. Google guys thought that the major thing that will increase productivity would be to change how people are sitting, Such a joke! :) Open environment with all employees sharing the same space, no walls, no cubes. Noise from one group of coworkers conversations are destructing others. I was in Google offices and saw on my own eyes what the layout of offices they are using. Other companies claim that they want to copy it. Motorola also claims it is a "Google style", but it is not. Google places teams in a areas that are enclosed from other teams. So, it looks like "hives" offices that are shared by team members, but not shared between different teams. Transportation vise: when the move happened from old Libretyville office into the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for 80% of people commute time increased immediately from 15-30 minutes to 1:30-2:00 hours each way. But, the work load has increased. Nobody in a management seems to care that people need to adjust to the new environment. It is also very important that your manager is in a same location (especially upper manager of your manager). If you are not known for the top you are very likely to be the first on a street. People by the end of the year got reviews that are clearly not recognizing their efforts. So, a lot of people are really disappointed and will be leaving the company in case the opportunity will arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring more for the people and not just for themselves. Shuttle service is a joke. It takes less time to walk from the train station in a Chicago Down Town then going on a shuttle. Other companies in New York/Sunnyvale - Chase bank or Google for example, have a designated shuttles running from suburbs or major hubs to the offices. That would ease up some hassle of commuting. This is especially important since the 80% of employees are still living compactly near old company location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Circling the drain?

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    Current Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great products and a great tradition of innovation. Google influence has invigorated the environment and focused development efforts in a healthy way.

    Cons

    Uncertainty over Lenovo direction and fear we will return to trying to be all things for all carriers.

    Layoffs have been brutal and persistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your marketing house in order. Our products are much better than our sales figures indicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not really good. we developed 4 platforms without success...

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    nice people. more or less flexible hours.

    Cons

    very formal management. very heavy "old way hardware" company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not sale Motorola. Leave it for USA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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