Motorola Solutions

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Motorola Solutions Reviews in Schaumburg, IL

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
637 Reviews
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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.  

    Working at Motorola Solutions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people working at this company are motivated, passionate and highly driven
    Lots of opportunities to grow
    Great healthcare, 401(k) and additional benefits programs

    Cons

    Very Bureaucratic
    Lots of layers of management
    Sometimes too process driven and long decision making times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make yourself more visible and known.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Current performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Good people, lack of growth opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    How you would imagine a big corporation whose glory days are past.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    Questionable Future...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    Quality Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Good people, not so good corporate policy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Solutions as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Good people
    -Challenging projects
    -Lots of new things to learn and apply.
    -Work from home policy
    -Result oriented management

    Cons

    - Constant reorgs
    - Layoffs
    - No new projects coming along
    If someone takes a leave for a week or so, colleagues assume the person is going to California for interviewing at other companies.
    Also, since they sell off most of the parts of the company constantly, there is a really small part left with Motorola Solutions and it is not a growing market.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IT Business Analyst in the Supplier Management Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst Intern in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst Intern in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Motorola Solutions (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is good for an intern role. MSI organizes a lot of Lunch and Learn sessions for the interns.

    Cons

    Work life balance is extremely poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should be more clear regarding the vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to work in learned a lot from desktop support to VOIP Support.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Motorola Solutions has great benefits, they hire fresh college grads.

    Cons

    Being a contractor as IT Support there is no way to turn contract into Permanent Position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It WAS a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Analyst in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Desktop Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    People cared and respected each other

    Cons

    Always afraid of getting laid off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what made Motorola great. It wasn't get the cheapest resources, it was getting and keeping the best employees. We had an intern program that created long lasting careers that benefited the company and the employee. Bring back the pride and stop outsourcing to people who have NO stake in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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