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Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Motorola - real old company with real old people."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large Corporation.
    Good practices and methodologies.
    Cutting edge technologies being worked on.
    Great for customer interaction and management cadre.

    Cons

    The absolute wrong place for engineers (non management)
    Management is Extremely opposed to change.
    Old timers and cowboys at the top call shots. everything is old school. no new ideas/energy.
    Digital six sigma is used to drive ALL decisions. flawed approach - cooked up and inaccurate data generated by management is used to drive key decisions. Decision making is devoid of human sentiment or intuition.
    Engineering always gets blamed for management's incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Please move over and let some fresh new ideas invigorate the company.
    encourage forward thinkers and employees who question the norm.
    Find a half decent balance in every decision making process. e.g. purely data driven decisions, purely defect reduction oriented approach to milestone releases, totally bottom line driven resource allocation, etc.
    There needs to be a balance with intagibles.


  2. "Good place to start but get out quick."

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are the only reason to work here.

    Cons

    You are not valued as a person. Just a piece of meat there to do a job.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone on the senior team and start over.

  3. "My first and last stint at Motorola"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are better off working at a startup. Motorola is full of old style workers, who believe Motorola is still the company it once was in the 1980's The technology landscape is now upside down, and frankly speaking this company needs new blood, yet they keep hiring the same old Motorolan's who have brought the company to its knees. If you want a easy lifestyle you are welcome.

    Cons

    company still living in the 19th century landscape. There is too much of nepotism in evey decision, and for forward looking, agressive minded and fast acting individuals this is not the place.

    Advice to Management

    leave now. you are useless.
    If the CEO of company doesnt even know how to check his email. It better not be a tech company. Sadly but truthfully Motorola's CEO is one of them and I wonder how long before this company regains the engineering might it was once considered to be.


  4. "OK benefit but Bad Salary"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PTO is 22 days for first 1-8 years
    25(?) days for 9-? years

    Cons

    many. bad salary. 7/24 work. management will call you on weekends to ask you to work.

    Advice to Management

    nothing.


  5. "What planet are we on?"

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    Current Employee - Incorrect Job Title in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Incorrect Job Title in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When everyone else is "working" from home or most of the entire workforce is absent on Friday and email traffic ceases, good time to do personal stuff at work. Could read a novel, too.

    Cons

    Really bad managers that aren't reigned in, disciplined or fired for their actions that demotivate the workforce. So-called "leaders" that aren't leaders at all. "If you don't like it, leave." Bad-behaviored people getting promoted. Really bad and obvious salary injustices within similar job categories that are never addressed or reviewed.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees have manager critique sessions with an outside neutral third-party so they're not afraid to speak up. Grant the outside party the means to take action on problematic areas. Internal employee surveys don't work. Managers critique their direct reports; why can't direct reports critique their managers? I think if you made raises, gigantic bonuses and stock options contingent on peer reviews, things would really change around here.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Motorola is Clueless!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At this point in time there are not a lot of good reasons to be working at Motorola. The benefits are still pretty good but they are starting to be trimmed down. They still have a good time off policy, personal and vacation time and if you can get your manager to allow you to work from home then that is a plus as well.

    Cons

    There are probably too many downsides to express in this reveiw. There is high stress level due to the fact that no one knows from day to day if they will have a job even if they are a top performing employee. Also employees are being expected to take on numerous rolls without any compensation or acknowledgement and are not expected to complain about this occurence. It all boils down to who is the managers favorites when push comes to shove. The managers are REALLY clueless when it comes to their employees responsibilities and work load so they are not able to support the employee when their report is trying to achieve a specific goal in their position that would perhaps be beneficial to the company. Middle Management is a total waste for Motorola. They are great at giving out the work but not great at supporting their team when help is needed or when a decision is to be made. The middle management are all afraid to make a decision for fear it will come back on them and because of that many things do not get done because of their indecisivness. Good employees are treated badly and tossed aside for no valid reasons and the non performing employees are allowed to stay. There is no accountability for the management at Motorola. They do what they want and no one questions them, good or bad decision be made. Lots of favoritism in the company so again, many of the lower performing employees get the promotions over the better performing employees. Upper management is clueless for sure and is only out to make sure that their portfolio is set for them when they walk away from the company. They do not think about the little guy who they are sticking it to in the process but who is the heart and soul of the company. These little guys are the ones that keep the company running and help stuff the pockets of the upper management. Right now the company sucks because they are heartless concerning the people that are what make the company tick and they don't care.

    Advice to Management

    Start making middle management more accountable for their actions, along with HR. HR thinks that they run the company and they have the complete say so over everything in the company.
    Dump the cell phone division because it is really dragging down the company, financially and with employee moral. In fact you need to take a better look at the middle management that you now have in place and re-evaluate their performances. Most of them should be gone and replaced with people more qualified to lead and help move the company forward. Right now the middle management people cannot do either.


  7. "If you're not white, stay away from this shop."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of learning is possible.

    Cons

    Racism is rampant. It's white for white environment. It's true for Motorola: It's important whom you know not what you know. Lot of old white folks rule who have lost technical skills about couple of decades back. They decide your career. They've their own criteria to judge: how do you fit in their group, how you talk and lot of other non-sense. And, it has nothing to do what you bring to the job in terms of performance. If you don't fit their profile, they'll keep you down until you quit or booted out.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate everybody once in couple of years to a technical job so that tech-challenged folks don't drive agenda of this dying ship.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Wasted Potential"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My colleagues in the design group are a really great group of people. Diverse, open-minded, and collaborative. The downtown facility is in a great location and is a great draw for fresh talent.

    Cons

    The different groups within Motorola are too self-focused to achieve any strong measure of success. Innovation and bringing ideas to fruition are not this company's strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Start making decisions and focusing our products. We are too widely distributed to stay competitive. We need to start doing fewer things really well instead of many things poorly.


  9. "Stupid brainless CEO/boards and extreme cultures in Singapore"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team lead and colleagues. Plenty to learn from them. The starting pay raise is also relatively higher than the market but annual increments really sucks!!! less than 3%?!?!!? Ops..sorry.
    Other than that, the food is fine and the ambient is good.

    Cons

    Stupid CEO n boards. No clear direction and bad bad "expected" working hours. Have to work from 8.30am till 1am daily and the management do nothing about it?! I'm from Singapore. I'm not sure of other places. Bad annual increment..where all the money went to the stupid CEO and x-CEO Zander.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and give pay raise/promotion who deserve!


  10. "Yet Another Disappointed ex-Motorola employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Name recognition; your non-engineer friends and family know the company

    Cons

    Being a large company, it's easy to get lost or ignored; not a lot of management face time.
    Additionally, this company has a history of regular layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Take Numair Faraz's open letter seriously, and do something about the company instead of focusing on golf.


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