Motorola Mobility Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work

    Current Employee - Senior Principal Staff Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too many program managers asking for status updates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rotting from the inside out...bleeding competent people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Pros

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    You should quit too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company.... Constant Change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Cool products, latest technologies, talented people

    Cons

    Constant change, in ownership and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the concerns about Lenovo transition with more clarity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good management team

    Cons

    Layoffs, mediocre benefits, employee morale low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Feel like we are in the final straight

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong 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.

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still a good company despite uncertainty in the looming Lenovo acquisition

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    Current Employee - Principal Staff Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart 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.

    Cons

    Staff 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 ManagementAdvice

    Walk 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Still good mobile company with innovative platform/service/apps

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    Former Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice team with an uncertain future

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Since 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.

    Cons

    Motorola 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 ManagementAdvice

    Outline 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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