Motorola Solutions

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Motorola Solutions Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
660 Reviews
3.3
660 Reviews
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Motorola Solutions Chairman & CEO Gregory Q. Brown
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a good amount of engaging work and great work life balance is the norm (in 83 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home, vacation or paid time off starts at 4 weeks for developers (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Don't really have any work life balance as workload is quite a lot for purchasing (in 13 reviews)

  • Senior management is less people-oriented than they used to be (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good people, lack of growth opportunity

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Highly flexible schedule, good people to work with, autonomy when making decisions

    Cons

    Company seems to be getting ready to sell, downsizing its R&D. Too fixed on radio solutions and not enough emphasis on software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the higher ups who don't do anything. Bring incentives for software engineering which is going to be the heart of your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    A great place to work for a long time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules were fantastic. Generous bonus payouts for many years. Took care of long-term employees that were let go with a generous separations package.

    Cons

    The drive to be innovative has left the building. Focus in recent years has been on the immediate bottom line and less about what the next big thing will be. By benchmarking other companies and aligning themselves with the all the others, Motorola has become just like everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to innovation. instead of trying to be like everyone else, try to be the one everyone else wants to be.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Questionable Future...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, but were seemingly chipped away year after year, no different than most companies I would assume. Accrued Paid Time Off (PTO) was good. Depending on your department and management, ability to work from home was a nice perk.

    Cons

    Office culture based on fear and CYA as the company's fortunes dipped quarter after quarter, year after year. ZERO accountability for bad management; Many employees laid off would be honest in exit interviews regarding issues with lack of accountability in managers, and HR seemed to not give a damn, doing NOTHING to address issues brought up in exit interviews. "Old Boy" network of mid-managers who do everything to cover their own butts, which can often mean that yours is in a sling. I saw first hand a number of clueless managers who survived year after year of cutbacks & layoffs, and the question from colleagues and myself would inevitably be "They didn't let (insert name) go?!?!? How clueless are they?!?!"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management is running around like chickens with their heads cut off chasing after the "numbers," and getting stuck in analysis paralysis. If Managment would take a step back, take a deep breath, and actively request and ACT on employee feedback, they might, MIGHT, be able to turn around what appears to many employees within to be a dying company breathing its last gasps...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions

    Pros

    Very nice company. People are friendly and cordial.

    Cons

    Have a habit of hiring and laying off employees a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision on the culture to keep employees.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Current performance

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

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

    Pros

    Great customer base, long term relationships

    Cons

    Company in transition, returning to core, basic work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your employees, focus on technology, support the customer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Quality Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent Social-Work Balance and flexibility. Learning and development opportunities. Great location and industry.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to grow. Restructuring changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company despite current changes in progress

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Long history in the telecom arena so extensive knowledge gained.

    Cons

    Currently trying to redefine itself so unclear of directions but should be able to maintain itself once senior leadership figures out the direction that works best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington Heights, IL

    I worked at Motorola Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn new technology and advance career by continue education.

    Cons

    Company restructuring caused a concern in job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Was a great place to work until unmature management came into play in 2009-2010

    Cons

    Incompetent management
    nepatism, it is who you know not what you know
    long hours
    lack of recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house -upper management area, and stop letting the bean counters make all the decisions

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

    How you would imagine a big corporation whose glory days are past.

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

    I have been working at Motorola Solutions (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Motorola Solutions pays well. Most people I know have good work-life balance because they can "work" from home, come and go as they please, and hide most of the time. There are some amazingly good people in engineering and the field who themselves are only maybe 20% of the workforce, but do 90% of the work.

    Cons

    Layoffs every 6 months. The 80% who don't contribute (see above for the good ones) spend all their time in office politics to avoid getting laid-off. The leadership has no strategy or plan for the future because they don't know what we do now or why we are successful. There is this feeling of doom in the air and we have like 80% market share - it is the oddest thing. You can tell leadership gets this feedback constantly because in townhalls they tell us they are tired of hearing it and that it is the employees faults that they don't have a strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "strategy" you lay out - the 3 circles- could be applied to any company and therefore is not a strategy. The gas station on the corner focuses on their "core" (selling gas) while they try to expand into "adjacencies" (selling overpriced junkfood) and try to "innovate the future" (putting up TV's and selling me carwashes). Did you pay Bain $20M for those stupid circles or come up with that yourself? At least don't be indignant when people ask for more detail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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