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Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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  • Competitive salary; good work-life balance (in 179 reviews)

  • The work environment is incredible and people are truly committed to the work (in 162 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analytics Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analytics Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Located in Bay Area. Allows travel to differnt countries or within the USA. One free cell phone every year

    Cons

    Extreme over load of work. Make you work for more than 60hours a a week for a long time without any over time pay or time off. Very low talented staff. No respect for employees. Job title means nothing. Make you work on anything and everything.
    Senior management out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Respect labor law.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely unstable company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great new technologies to try. Working with new SW in unchartered territory. This means you are either 1-2 years ahead of the main stream or walking in a wrong direction.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs. Company changes management and ownership very often. Not a stable working environment. When management have no ideas how to bring values to core business the main idea they always can relyon is a cost reduction. Nobody knows what the outcome would be when Lenovo will start pressing for immediate results. Also, company is kept separately from the owner company - Lenovo. This is a sign that they can further brake it down and sell by smaller pieces.

    Advice to Management

    Less empty promises and reduce tensions in a office. Open office model brings constant interruptions to everybody around.


  3. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional and respectful Employee base

    Cons

    Poor Communication/Resource management, " chaos" management, management/employee "fear", poor work relations..


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Former Star"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Work with potentially cutting edge products;
    - Good salary;
    - Good benefits;
    - Good new location;
    - Many, many hard-working teams, many talented engineers;
    - Ability to test out some great products;

    Cons

    - Leadership is completely self-centered, doesn't want to look outside and see what others are doing;
    - Criticism is completely out of question, even the most obviously stupid management decisions are met with ovation;
    - There is no life-work balance as a principle 24/7 is expected of everyone, and anything else is considered as a bad work ethics;

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Rotting from the inside out...bleeding competent people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Pros

    Lots of parking, capable employees are quitting every day

    Cons

    -Old Motorola culture is well and alive
    -No confidence in most of the new leadership, new is supposed to be better (old motorola is just waiting to take over again)
    -Policy for everything
    -Lots of talk about change, but no action whatsoever
    -You'll create slides everyday but you aren't going to be able to ask why, you just execute
    -No innovation whatsoever
    -You are on a need to know basis
    -Culture of No
    -Has taken everything from Google and implemented poorly
    -Cafe is terrible and expensive
    -Lenovo is the new parent company - enough said.

    Advice to Management

    You should quit too.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Constant layoffs and uncertainty. Employees feel unappreciated by management. Everyone is treated as if they were a con"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Evolving technology and projects keep the work interesting on the technical side. Selected projects are well funded and emphasize applications rather than hardware.

    Cons

    Layoffs, reorganizations, confusion, and constant change in priorities make planning and executing projects very difficult for workers. Very unclear what the new future holds. Employees feel unappreciated by management. Everyone is treated as if they were a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to create some sense of stability.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It is an exiting company to work, but management in some areas sucks."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to be surrounded with people who are making things happen, work on a real product, and you are ambitions, and not afraid of challenges it is a place for you. Also, you'd better be a young, not married, no kids and live in a Chicago Down Town area individual. But be aware....

    Cons

    Company values are advertised as hard workers are getting recognized. This statement pending the situation with sales and a revenue of course. If SLTs are making wrong decision they are in fact punishing the whole company. These "wrong" decisions are plaguing the company for a very long time now. So, it was a hope in 2012 when Google took over that things would become better. Google guys thought that the major thing that will increase productivity would be to change how people are sitting, Such a joke! :) Open environment with all employees sharing the same space, no walls, no cubes. Noise from one group of coworkers conversations are destructing others. I was in Google offices and saw on my own eyes what the layout of offices they are using. Other companies claim that they want to copy it. Motorola also claims it is a "Google style", but it is not. Google places teams in a areas that are enclosed from other teams. So, it looks like "hives" offices that are shared by team members, but not shared between different teams. Transportation vise: when the move happened from old Libretyville office into the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for 80% of people commute time increased immediately from 15-30 minutes to 1:30-2:00 hours each way. But, the work load has increased. Nobody in a management seems to care that people need to adjust to the new environment. It is also very important that your manager is in a same location (especially upper manager of your manager). If you are not known for the top you are very likely to be the first on a street. People by the end of the year got reviews that are clearly not recognizing their efforts. So, a lot of people are really disappointed and will be leaving the company in case the opportunity will arise.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring more for the people and not just for themselves. Shuttle service is a joke. It takes less time to walk from the train station in a Chicago Down Town then going on a shuttle. Other companies in New York/Sunnyvale - Chase bank or Google for example, have a designated shuttles running from suburbs or major hubs to the offices. That would ease up some hassle of commuting. This is especially important since the 80% of employees are still living compactly near old company location.


  9. "Motorola Mobility is in disarray."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be the best cell phone company to work for. 100% Android products. Good brand and reputation. If you find the right group within, you could be set. Very interesting, challenging work. Incredibly intelligent, dedicated people to work with.

    Cons

    Layoff after layoff after layoff. Corporate split from the main Motorola, then buyout, then sell-off - all cons from the employee's perspective (big shareholders could potentially disagree). Selling the nice suburban owned campus, and renting space in downtown Chicago, forcing settled employees to commute over an hour each way. Motorola Mobility has become the ugly stepchild of the mobile industry. Hopefully Lenovo can keep the name alive.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Look somewhere else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and great severance package

    Cons

    low morale, slow at making decisions, no career development and no vision

    Advice to Management

    stop the firing and then hiring; it been going on too long and all the real talent has already left the company. Moving HQ to downtown Chicago is not going to get anymore talent, if the talent is smart they will take 1 look at the company and run the opposite direction.


  11. "Dismal work environment from once great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Libertyville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time

    Pros

    The few employees that remain do care about each other

    Cons

    There is no corporate culture left after so many layoffs. Pervasive feeling of stress, sense this is the last chance, and growing belief that Google is going to take the IP and kill off the rest.

    Advice to Management

    The few long time Motorola managers that are left are retired in place, just hanging on for those last few months. New managers coming in are not being attuned to a vision or taught to care about team building. When in consumer products, you need teams.


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