Motorola Solutions Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
544 Reviews

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Pros
  • There is a good amount of engaging work and great work life balance is the norm (in 65 reviews)

  • It is nice to be able to work from home when needed and I am grateful for the vacation time (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is less people-oriented than they used to be (in 18 reviews)

  • Be sure to maintain your work-life balance and set up limits (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stable company but limited growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with; great PTO policy and other work-life balances

    Cons

    80-90s style of management; and need to have fresh blood and faster speed of moving at things,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the ratio of VPs to employees; we are extremely TOP HEAVY and no room for lower ranks to rise up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance but Hard to move up and get promoted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexibility/work life balance is very good. I had a great team which was the main reason why I was there. It was a fun group. I developed great relationships and the team was very smart and talented. I am frequently impressed by my teams ability to deliver and meet challenging goals. This makes me proud to be apart of that team.

    Cons

    The promotion criteria isn't the same for everyone. Some people are promoted based on accomplishments. Others are promoted based on potential and no accomplishments. Others are promoted based on tenure. Other's aren't promoted at all. It is well known that you have to leave the company to move up. Also the company is making SO MANY fast and quick changes such as selling divisions, manufacturing facilities, real estate, and massive layoffs every quarter. It can be really scary working their day to day with no feeling of stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote everyone using the same measure. Solicit input from your team. Just because they are not at your level or in your position doesn't mean they can't provide business insight. When they offer new ideas, don't just boldly toss it to the wind, as if they don't have a clue. Because believe it or not, they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Former Employee that left before laid off

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Great culture of teamwork and training for employee development

    Cons

    Corporatized culture stopped treating people as people and started treating them as resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to caring about people and investing in them as people not resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Cool job but no career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible Timings. stress Free environment

    Cons

    Outdated Software, No career growth,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just another place to work.

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    Current Employee - Principal Staff Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Staff Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent paid-time-off policy. Opportunities for international travel and collaborations with colleagues in other design centers.

    Cons

    Management has no clues. Most so-called 'system architects' have no relevant software engineering experience and are completely out of touch with reality, and yet are in the position of making critical software design decisions. Most of the day is wasted in meetings debating the merits of engineering practices and techniques that are considered standard anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the entire system architecture team. They are not adding any value and are actively impeding progress from being made. Also need to invest a lot more on forward-looking technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Account Manager II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Culture is more in an acceptable level.

    Cons

    Poor Management... unprofessional.. worse micro-management style that someone would ever face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to make the difference between people VS work.
    school education is needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, uncertain future.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Interesting and stable work and good people to work with. Excellent work/life balance in engineering.

    Cons

    The company has shrunk from 150k+ to under 15k in the last 20 years. The uncertainty can cast gloom over the work environment. Less advancement opportunities in a shrinking environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and promote your engineers more. There is too much disconnect between upper management and engineering.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I have worked for past 10+ years with Motorola Solutions.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Solutions full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Cultural value.
    Good Benefits
    Industry average salary

    Cons

    It was difficult to see Motorola to go down like this. Lack of energy at senior leadership level. They didn't invest money to new technology and services. SLT always worry about their personal gain by selling pieces. overall, good cultural value. After getting company smaller and smaller, moral was low and difficult to maintain personal growth. It was difficult to see this big loss.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT intern

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Higher level management-easier to approach, helpful and will solve various doubts of an intern.
    HR-very friendly and keep organizing 'Lunch and Learn' events for the interns.

    Cons

    Sometimes interns are given minimal work and there is too much of free time. Project based training is not provided and interns are expected to learn on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1/2 weeks training should be provided to incoming interns.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    MSI is an easy place to work, but the overall sense of corporate instability

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    Current Employee - Senior Counsel  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    There is a good amount of engaging work and great work life balance is the norm. There are opportunities to move around within the company.

    Cons

    It's nearly impossible to be promoted without leaving the company and discretionary awards remain a mystery. Although it's possible to move around, take additional responsibilities and gain new skills, it's unlikely that you will actually be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some stability in the corporate structure and attempt to regain the trust of the workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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