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Motorola Mobility Chicago Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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  1. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very good

    Cons

    Constant worry waiting for next layoff


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I wouldn't get too comfortable."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is better than at most places, especially agencies or consulting shops. Opportunity to contribute to products that are often great. Benefits are good-to-great. Office space still has the cool Google veneer. If you prefer a slow, somewhat glacial pace, you've come to the right place. Location (Merch Mart) is hard to beat, unless you're used to working in Libertyville. Talented engineers and some other employees who really believe in the brand. Excellent severance package, at least for now.

    Cons

    Brand itself is practically dead. Google's sale to Lenovo practically guaranteed that. Marketing organization has lost most of it talented people and the marketing (and direct) planning and execution are laughable. Inter-department collaboration and communication is usually low, bordering on non-existent. After two brutal rounds of layoffs since 2015, morale is terrible. Many people managers are unskilled and/or uninterested. The writing is on the wall for Moto as a brand and continuing attrition is likely to lead to an acceleration of the talent drain. Senior management seems in over its head, zig-zagging from strategy to strategy, in the post-Osterloh and post-Wicks era. There are several layers of "Moto lifers" still aboard, whose commitment is to keeping a low profile and keeping a job, not doing good or interesting work.

    Advice to Management

    No idea. Hack off the marketing organization and start again? Do whatever it takes to expand beyond Verizon? Focus on emerging markets and punt on the North America? Start looking for tenants for the Merch Mart space?

  3. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best engineers in the industry on products that were challenging and usually ahead of the trend.

    Benefits great.

    Cons

    Product schedules were always asked to be pulled in. Product definitions would change and schedule commitments were not allowed to change.

    Advice to Management

    Value individuals for their performance and delivery not hours in the office.

    Prioritize what is important which is how things were successful in the past. Everything being a priority is unrealistic.


  4. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Pros

    Take care people well;
    Good balance between job and life

    Cons

    development process is not fast-paced enough;


  5. "Motorola Mobility"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, fast pace and results oriented engineering culture, great people, great location, excellent learning environment.

    Cons

    business instability, work/life balance, constant changes in leadership, lack of vision in the industry from top senior level management.

    Advice to Management

    Put focus on selling the products build by hardworking and talented engineers instead of handing talent over to your competitors.


  6. "Director Program Management"

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    Former Employee - Director Program Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director Program Management in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great engineering and development teams with great depth and talent. Culture breathes innovation in both hardware and software but more so in hardware. Very ethical and socially responsible governance.

    Cons

    Can be summed up in two words. 'Senior leadership' or lack thereof. Have no clue or vision about where the industry and company is headed. Herd mentality instead of leader mentality with more focus on cost savings than consolidating and growing business.
    Bad hierarchical culture with lot of dead weight sitting at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Create a vision and long term plan and hire right people specially at the management and senior levels. Wrong leadership sets entire team and company in the wrong direction.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Competitive Mobile Phone company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company promotes Innovative and Creative thinking in products.

    Cons

    Company lacks in Marketing and push for sales.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Motorola history with some potential, but needs vision to turn this business around"

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    Current Employee - Technical Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Specify, design, evaluate, test, and develop the best mobile products in the world.

    Enjoyable environment with many other brilliant engineers.

    Cons

    No product marketing budget to let the world know how great Motorola phones and mobile devices are.

    Long commutes if you have a family and want to raise them in a quiet suburb.

    These lead to lower job security/satisfaction than most will tolerate for more than a few years.


  9. "Generally a Good Place"

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    Current Contractor - Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Counsel in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Pros are work flexibility, location, people, tech industry, and workplace perks. Some of the perks of the Google ownership still remain.

    Cons

    Their go to market strategy is poor and they are loosing out to Samsung and Apple. Lenovo is gutting Chicago and moving jobs to North Carolina and China.

    Advice to Management

    Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is maddening. It is time to find a go to market strategy that works.


  10. "Downhill spiraling quickly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A pretty flexible work environment, a good balance of work/home life, casual attire is okay.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of layoffs recent, grim outlook and moral, took away all the food and snacks. Being a contractor have very limited benefits.


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