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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 (2)

    "Wonderful place to intern!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lean Change Agent Intern in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Lean Change Agent Intern in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Every employee receives enormous amount of good feedback.
    'Chilled out' corporate environment.
    Strong work ethic of senior leadership
    Respect for individual.

    Cons

    Market conditions not favorable to Motorola

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is fantastic. I was completely satisfied with the leadership.


  2. "Ok place ."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance.
    Good employees, better management recently than a few years back

    Cons

    Till recently no clear direction and too many people in senior management
    Slow, lot of overhead.
    Things have gotten better but still not comparable with the best companies

    Advice to Management

    More focus, less number of people in senior management


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Working for Motorola"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Motorola offers good pay and excellent benefits for its employees. In addition, they have a generous medical and dental program.

    Cons

    The major downside of working for Motorola is that there is never enough resources to get the job down right the first time. In addition, Senior Management is too busy with politics of covering their own butts to care about the people that work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders. Take care of your people. Provide resources to get the job done right the first time. Become a good example to those who work for you.


  4. "A Once Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work / life balance is good
    Medical insurance is still reasonably good

    Cons

    Lack of vision at all levels, Fear of taking risks, CYA is rampant
    Politics is rewarded over doing a good job and impacting the bottom line
    Most of the good people have already left
    Little respect for loyal employees

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking about what is best for Motorola and stop putting your own selfish needs first


  5. "An old company lacking future vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Systemic training on how to be a good engineer; a lot of smart co-workers

    Cons

    You have to move out of Motorola wall to understand the real thing outside -- the faster you move the quicker you career progress.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing new they haven't heard before. It's the part of big corporate game.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Motorola is a dying company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big name, benefits still relatively good, salary decent, most managers honor flexible work hours

    Cons

    Absolutely no job security. I never got laid off in 10+ years working there but had seen dozens of coworkers getting laid off. Motorola is a falling dynasty. Think of "permanent full time" at Motorola as "6 month contract with full benefit"
    I'm just so glad that I gave them resignation before they had a chance to lay me off. Moto isn't what it used to be - sad, sad, sad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe there's more to running a company than workforce reduction. How about innovation and marketing strategy? How about keeping core research and engineering in U.S? Especially, in areas related to national security??


  7. "A company with good benefits but poor salary structure, lack of meritocracy and lack of respect for education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Someone with no experience or straight out of school will benefit from being able to join Motorola. Decent health care benefits. Great place for mothers as day care present on site. Gym on site. International candidates can get work visa sponsorship.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low, as much as 40-50% lower than comparable positions for experienced professionals. Promotions are based on political influences rather than merit. There are a significant number of poor performers in middle management, and politics is prevalent in promotions and recognition. You need to be extremely strong in networking and social skills to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to focus on placing good reward mechanisms and merit recognition making sure that employees get recognized for their work and adequately rewarded. The salaries can be more competitive. Suggest hiring an external HR consultant to identify poor performing middle managers and promptly be removed. Better support for international candidates.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    famous big company and good to shown in the resume

    Cons

    managers don't respect employees
    overall company working culture is terrible
    too much process and a lot of engineers survive by making more complicated process

    Advice to Management

    should treat employees fairly


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Motorola - feast or famine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mot has good benefits and provides a great salary! The company makes every attempt to be ahead of the curve and is forward thinking.

    Cons

    Management is reactive versus proactive.
    Management is a good-ole-boy club especially with India managers.
    Wants to be first no matter the cost to employee.
    Does a poor job during a layoff process and tends to cut to far leaving to few personnel to do an adequate job.
    Does a poor job of mentoring!
    Information is not shared.
    Training is poor to non-existent. Use to provide a 40hr/ year now ...only on per job need.
    Has tended to use freeware on released products - buyer beware -- you get what you pay for!
    Management tends to be sneaky during a review process - employee beware there will be surprises at the year end summary.
    Spends way to much time and effort on employee reviews. At one time there was 4 check points now they have gone to 3...still way to much time spent for reviews. They need to keep it simple, if the employee wants to advance then let them do the work to advance with the aid of management. If an employee is happy doing what he/she is happy with why make them change? So what I'm saying here is Mot likes to "force" change... they see change as growth. However, at times change can be a determent to a happy employee and cause a determent to a company as well.
    Tends to out-source jobs to others that do not know the product, how to program, how to test, and how to support.
    Famous for creating time wasters (postmortems) and not learning or improving from them.

    Advice to Management

    Just an opinion, but I know of several people there both at the mother ship/IL office and other locations that are fed up with management and that it needs to look back and see how they got into the position they are now... take a lesson from history and revisit do an postmortem on how the Galvin's created an ran a great company.


  10. "Good benefits, not challenging enough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Good benefits
    Awesome place to be if you have something on the side, like studies or family commitments
    Job stability if you are in one of the "core" business

    Cons

    Too many mediocre co-workers.
    Not challenging enough.
    Promotions based not on merit but on connections.
    No salary increase in two years.
    If you stay too long then you are worthless outside, too may "superstar" architects laid off, unable to find jobs outside.
    Too much outsourcing.
    Management not willing to take risks.

    Advice to Management

    Take action on salary increase.


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