Motorola Mobility

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Motorola Mobility Reviews in Schaumburg, IL

Updated Mar 12, 2014
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2.7 130 reviews

53% Approve of the CEO

Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh

Rick Osterloh

(19 ratings)

24% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California(in 121 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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    Motorola is a dying company

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsBig name, benefits still relatively good, salary decent, most managers honor flexible work hours

    ConsAbsolutely no job security. I never got laid off in 10+ years working there but had seen dozens of coworkers getting laid off. Motorola is a falling dynasty. Think of "permanent full time" at Motorola as "6 month contract with full benefit"
    I'm just so glad that I gave them resignation before they had a chance to lay me off. Moto isn't what it used to be - sad, sad, sad place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe there's more to running a company than workforce reduction. How about innovation and marketing strategy? How about keeping core research and engineering in U.S? Especially, in areas related to national security??

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company with good benefits but poor salary structure, lack of meritocracy and lack of respect for education

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsSomeone with no experience or straight out of school will benefit from being able to join Motorola. Decent health care benefits. Great place for mothers as day care present on site. Gym on site. International candidates can get work visa sponsorship.

    ConsThe pay is extremely low, as much as 40-50% lower than comparable positions for experienced professionals. Promotions are based on political influences rather than merit. There are a significant number of poor performers in middle management, and politics is prevalent in promotions and recognition. You need to be extremely strong in networking and social skills to get noticed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership needs to focus on placing good reward mechanisms and merit recognition making sure that employees get recognized for their work and adequately rewarded. The salaries can be more competitive. Suggest hiring an external HR consultant to identify poor performing middle managers and promptly be removed. Better support for international candidates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits, not challenging enough

    Senior Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsGood work-life balance
    Good benefits
    Awesome place to be if you have something on the side, like studies or family commitments
    Job stability if you are in one of the "core" business

    ConsToo many mediocre co-workers.
    Not challenging enough.
    Promotions based not on merit but on connections.
    No salary increase in two years.
    If you stay too long then you are worthless outside, too may "superstar" architects laid off, unable to find jobs outside.
    Too much outsourcing.
    Management not willing to take risks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake action on salary increase.

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    Not a good place to work

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    Prosfamous big company and good to shown in the resume

    Consmanagers don't respect employees
    overall company working culture is terrible
    too much process and a lot of engineers survive by making more complicated process

    Advice to Senior Managementshould treat employees fairly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Motorola - feast or famine

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsMot has good benefits and provides a great salary! The company makes every attempt to be ahead of the curve and is forward thinking.

    ConsManagement is reactive versus proactive.
    Management is a good-ole-boy club especially with India managers.
    Wants to be first no matter the cost to employee.
    Does a poor job during a layoff process and tends to cut to far leaving to few personnel to do an adequate job.
    Does a poor job of mentoring!
    Information is not shared.
    Training is poor to non-existent. Use to provide a 40hr/ year now ...only on per job need.
    Has tended to use freeware on released products - buyer beware -- you get what you pay for!
    Management tends to be sneaky during a review process - employee beware there will be surprises at the year end summary.
    Spends way to much time and effort on employee reviews. At one time there was 4 check points now they have gone to 3...still way to much time spent for reviews. They need to keep it simple, if the employee wants to advance then let them do the work to advance with the aid of management. If an employee is happy doing what he/she is happy with why make them change? So what I'm saying here is Mot likes to "force" change... they see change as growth. However, at times change can be a determent to a happy employee and cause a determent to a company as well.
    Tends to out-source jobs to others that do not know the product, how to program, how to test, and how to support.
    Famous for creating time wasters (postmortems) and not learning or improving from them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust an opinion, but I know of several people there both at the mother ship/IL office and other locations that are fed up with management and that it needs to look back and see how they got into the position they are now... take a lesson from history and revisit do an postmortem on how the Galvin's created an ran a great company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Motorola - Not the company it used to be

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    Pros- Decent benefits / compensation packages compared to most companies.
    - Workplace Mobility is highly encouraged when possible (i.e. working from home, remote, etc)
    - Also, the Motorola brand name is still pretty well respected.

    ConsOngoing downsizing / consolidation efforts, lead to current employees having to pick up the slack by working more hours.

    Also, many Motorola segments (i.e. Mobile Devices Business); operate in a very volatile and competitive industry. Therefore, company downsizing/rightsizing seems to be the norm. This often leads to poor employee morale.

    Advice to Senior Management.

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    Good place to start as an intern and a software Engineer.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsIf you are not to corporate world, then this will get you started. you can learn how to handle projects on your own. But after an experience of 3 years, you won't find much to learn- but politics and sitting in comfort zone!

    Consvery less to learn. Not competitive. Management is too Bad and too many

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse the new hires and the developers to create a better Motorola product and stop growing just you !

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    Morale is suffering

    Principal Staff Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsStill have opportunities to work with leading (but not bleeding) edge technology. Good work-life balance, generous paid time-off, decent benefits for now.

    ConsMore technology work is being sent off-shore within the company, and outsourced to other companies. Remaining technical staff is becoming more project management oriented. No raises or 401K match for the past two years due to poor financial performance of mobile devices division has destroyed morale across the company. Traditional pension plan was also frozen removing any incentive for long term employees who were still in the plan to remain with the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees need a more generous compensation package, otherwise they will be leaving in droves when the economy turns around and the opportunity presents itself.

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    Motorola Public Safety

    (Current Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsMotorola has diligently served the First Responder community for decades and represents a respected and dependable brand. Motorola saves lives - the lives of those of us who might be victims and the lives of those who rush to save us. If you work here you can turn a proud face to the world.

    ConsIf you hire into this division as a sales person you will not be trained. You will not even be effectively managed toward development.
    Negotiate HARD for your money/salary up front... you're unlikely to see any more once you're in (no promotion, no profit sharing, no current 401K matching, higher $$ contrib to health benefits every year).
    Just about everybody here introduces themselves by telling you who they are, who they work for, how long they've been here (most people in this business division have NEVER held ANY job outside Motorola), and who they are related to.
    Motorola promotes diversity as long as it involves color, gender, age, sexual preference or disability - the one diversity that Motorola does not actively work to include are technical and sales professionals who come here from outside the company. You are particularly challenged if you've been hired for your network and infrastructure background with no knowledge of legacy two-way radio communications. You won't be trained in it......... and it's difficult to get the advice and knowledge you've been hired for to be listened to or used. Trying to bring new approaches and ideas to the business will be a constant struggle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house Find a way to humanely and respectfully move the "radio-only" people along their way to either retirement or more profitable employment with Channel Partners where their years of radio knowledge can be of use to the next generation of two-way technicians. Start giving sales people targets and rewards for expertise and mastery of new network and communication technology - then put progressive learning and development programs in place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work life balance, but lacks career growth.

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Schaumburg, IL

    ProsGreat work life balance and very technical team members working on the latest in technology

    ConsWith the constant restructuring there has always been a lack of opportunity for upward mobility in ones career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow your star performers opportunities and mentor them accordingly. Alot of great talent leaves the organization due to lack of career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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