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Motorola Solutions Reviews in Schaumburg, IL

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
538 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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

    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.  

    Great people, uncertain future.

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

    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
  3.  

    Former Employee that left before laid off

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    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

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Staff Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Staff Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    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

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was once a great company before the MBAs ran it into the ground.

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    Current Employee - Distinguished Member of Technical Staff  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Salaries are still competitive, and there's rarely any overtime demanded anymore

    Cons

    Just waiting for the layoffs to come around to me...most everybody is gone now that knew anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop believing that engineers are interchangeable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Was great in the beginning but the future looks bleak under the current management

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

    Pros

    I recently quit after working here for more than 5 years.

    - Initially when i joined the company was thriving and there were lots of opportunities for growth and learning.
    - Work/Life balance is excellent

    Cons

    - The products currently being developed are old compared to the current technology.
    - 100 Million cost cutting in the next 12 months. I expect more layoffs and reduction of benefits
    - Employee benefits have been reduced every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value the employees and retain talent. A lot of the people i know have left in the past few years.

    The company's been shrinking for the last few years. There have been plenty of layoffs and the employee morale is at an all time low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Make it what you want

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    The company is global and is up to you to develop your career be it business or products. Leadership was supportive in developing individuals with the longer-term career plan in mind.

    Cons

    Unstable, frequent lay-offs and re-organizations where individuals were given a greater workload but promotions did not follow. Colleagues are either too competitive or lazy, offsetting much of the workload to productive employees. Stronger leadership, consistent management styles could have prevented much of this.

    Recommends
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    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

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