Motorola Mobility

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Motorola Mobility Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.1 49 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh

Rick Osterloh

(3 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good Place to work

    Senior Principal Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsVery good engineering talent, very good work culture with in the teams.

    ConsToo many program managers asking for status updates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rotting from the inside out...bleeding competent people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsLots of parking, capable employees are quitting every day

    Cons-Old Motorola culture is well and alive
    -No confidence in most of the new leadership, new is supposed to be better (old motorola is just waiting to take over again)
    -Policy for everything
    -Lots of talk about change, but no action whatsoever
    -You'll create slides everyday but you aren't going to be able to ask why, you just execute
    -No innovation whatsoever
    -You are on a need to know basis
    -Culture of No
    -Has taken everything from Google and implemented poorly
    -Cafe is terrible and expensive
    -Lenovo is the new parent company - enough said.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should quit too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company.... Constant Change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsCool products, latest technologies, talented people

    ConsConstant change, in ownership and management

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress the concerns about Lenovo transition with more clarity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Product Manager

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood work life balance, good management team

    ConsLayoffs, mediocre benefits, employee morale low

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining needed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Feel like we are in the final straight

    Director (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsStrong leadership team, very collaborative environment, great products that are really starting to get momentum.
    Industry leading software team and getting Motorola first to market with Android plus adding new features that are really useful vs. gimmicks.

    ConsLots of change - mostly in the right direction, but it's not for the faint hearted.
    It's sometimes hard to get things done, as some processes no longer work, having been built by people no longer with the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould be great to learn more about Lenovo's plans for the future.
    Keep shipping great products and everything else will fall into place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Still a good company despite uncertainty in the looming Lenovo acquisition

    Principal Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSmart people, interesting projects and cutting edge technology if you pick the right group. Good work-life balance, flexible work schedule. Convenient access to VTA light rail (public tram) and CalTrain. Motorola products are on the upswing and the company has a promising future.

    ConsStaff are anxious about the Lenovo buyout and what it will be like post-Google. Some people abuse the work from home perk, and still plenty of dead weight. Managers have their favorites and you would be disadvantaged in performance reviews if you're not on their list.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk around and know your ground troops instead of always relying on your direct reports. They filter the truth you know. Also, the flexible work schedule is a valued benefit and employees with families highly prize it. Don't drop it otherwise you'll lose folks like me.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Still good mobile company with innovative platform/service/apps

    Principal Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThough it is old company, I didn't see much office politics. People are very nice and cooperative.

    ConsI didn't see much career development opportunity. The quality of people in terms of devotion and talent is quite mixed.

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

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosnice people. more or less flexible hours.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not sale Motorola. Leave it for USA.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice team with an uncertain future

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSome people are friendly, free snacks and drinks, nice decor, massage chairs near breakrooms.

    ConsLots of email, everyone gets copied in emails, political, backstabbing practices, soon to be acquired by Lenovo

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery sad to see that you are selling Motorola to Lenovo. The new phones Moto X and Moto G could have been the beginning of a new renaissance at Motorola. Now, Motorola will just become another maker of cheap Chinese phones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Chaotic but exciting, many changes for the better since Google acquired Motorola.

    Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSince Google acquisition, much higher emphasis on bringing in better talent in product management, engineering management, design. Products are much higher quality now, exciting to use and show the marketplace real innovations. Stability of Google leadership / funding has helped once Motorola was bought. Decent work/life balance, but this depends on your role. Software product management has massively improved. Some products now proudly made in the US. State of the art new worksite in downtown Chicago being built (finally shutting down outdated workspace in the remote suburb of Illinois). Business processes have simplified and clarified. If you can deal with constant flux, have a strong independent leadership gene you can achieve success and get recognized.

    ConsMotorola is separately managed form Google, too little integration happening between them. Other teams at Google may be working on what Motorola is too, the difference is: the Google team will know, while the Motorola team will be kept in the dark. There is no 'grand plan' long term, feels made up as it goes. For being owned by Google (where cost is no object to just about any initiative or facility), Motorola is surprisingly cheap. Google employees you work next to get benefits and privileges not available to Motorola employees. Creates a 2-class system, if you are from Motorola to the average Googler you're perceived to be at an immediate disadvantage by default. There is an advanced tech team that does cool experimental work but is sequester‎ed from the rest of the company (with a deliberately separatist identity), making it even more culturally fragmented. Engineering talent is uneven, but some clearly amazing talent, but needs more. Real risk taking is not as culturally encouraged as you might expect.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOutline a future roadmap for Motorola that grows into beyond selling more phones and some accessories though existing channels. What's the bigger picture and how does the company reach profitability vs. Apple and Samsung? Discuss how Motorola is being evaluated by Google leadership more specifically, and what a future with Google holds that's more disruptive beyond just lowering the sale price.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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