Motorola Mobility
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Not a good place to work

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

I worked at Motorola Mobility

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 is a dying company

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

I worked at Motorola Mobility

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

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

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

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

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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Motorola - feast or famine

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

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

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

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

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

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

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

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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Great work life balance, but lacks career growth.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

I worked at Motorola Mobility

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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Many good years, but the future?

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

I worked at Motorola Mobility

ProsFor many years, Motorola was a leader in their field. It was a great place to work during the '90s. Parts of Motorola are still great.

ConsSince about 2006, Motorola does not seem to have the edge of the past. The research organization is gone, so where is the future in any part of the business?

Advice to Senior ManagementGet on with the split or stop talking about it. Reset the vision and culture that has been lost.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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