Motorola Mobility Employee Reviews about "senior management"

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good-bye Moto! Once upon a time a great company.

      Jul 12, 2008 - Business Development Manager in Emeryville, CA
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      Pros

      Motorola had/has an incredible benefits package. Our team was an internal start-up so we had a great deal of leeway, and were challenged to break the mold and get to market fast. Strong brand, although it is declining as new entrants with sleeker and sexier technology enter the marketplace. Good people who were pleasant and helpful. Even when laid off, severance and benefits package was substantial.

      Cons

      Incredibly beauracratic, and the previous leadership rode RAZR into the ditch. It is a shame when you see all the incredible offerings from Nokia, Blackberry, Samsung and Apple. Information sharing across divisions was limited. Senior management was risk averse, and even in our small team, it was like the leadership never talked to each other, and came together. Cost cutting resulted in the business being shut down even though it was a tremendous growth area. The Zander era really hurt the company, and it has been laying people off, cutting businesses left and right because it can't figure out the business model. People have to want to buy your products. Lots of yes people at the Director and VP level. Very inward focused with the customer not being taken into account when decisions are made.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Solid Core Team, Ok Executive Team

      Nov 17, 2008 - Senior Vice President in Libertyville, IL
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      Pros

      The company paid a fair wage and generally sought to do the right thing. The core team of engineers and product management were quite technically competent and some were extremely talented. There were a number of employees who had been with the company for 10 to 15 years, so they had grown up with the company and been taken care of for a number of years. Communication from the CEO was generally open and honest.

      Cons

      Senior management did not foster a positive work environment based on trust and teamwork amongst the extended leadership team (VPs and above). Instead, senior management was a very small cadre of executives that were part of the inner circle. As a result, in our business unit, almost all of the real decision making rolled up to the CEO of the group and his second in command, and this did not make employees feel empowered to take initiative. There were also those in the inner circle who were able to act unprofessionally at times, but with impunity. This business unit lacked a detailed and defined approach to quality management. One other thing of note, the physical work environment was drab, gray cubicles that were tired and in need of some more modern upgrades. This physical office space did not make one feel energized or proud of one's company.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      A Sinking Ship, but still some hope if we use the life rafts properly.

      Jun 23, 2008 - Director in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Compensation is fair. Company is so screwed up, there are opportunities that can be made. Technolgy still is something that can be capitalized at Motorola, but it is sliding back from the dominance we once had. Also, the wide breadth of technology and products helps to keep our portfolio diverse, but with the divesting of SPS and Automotive, we again are losing some of our power. Motorola is also one of the few companies that still have a Pension and matching 401k program in place (as well as pretty fair severance package). If you stay for a while, you will have the security to know you are covered until you land a new job. Also, Travel benefits are nice. All the top hotels and First Class travel (if available) is standard.

      Cons

      Senior management is clueless and in control. No coordinated effort to act as one company, just a scattered collection of small groups with personal self interests. The problem with rating is that there are so many different type of managers, you will get a very different response depending on who gives the sumary. I have a fair and honest manager, but other coworkers are stuck with complete tools who have no business managing anyone. HR is mostly focused on terminations and playing "defense" that they are not focusing on talent identification or any type of management consistency programs to weed out the losers.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Overall, wonderful people to work with at middle management and below.

      Dec 2, 2011 -  in Melbourne
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      Pros

      -When I was there from 1995-2009, there was a great camaraderie among the co-workers in middle management and below. It truly was a 'family'. - Many of my co-workers were highly competant and independent workers, which made working with them a pleasure. - I was given many opportunities for advancement and career growth. -My compensation and benefits package was great. -Work-life balance was great - Most of my direct managers over the years I worked there were good managers

      Cons

      - Senior management has really led to the downfall of Motorola (Mobility specifically which is where I worked the entire time). The constant change of senior management, along with their constant change in strategy, followed by years of layoffs, has led to a discouraged, overworked workforce with low morale. - When I left in 2009, many of my co-workers who were my 'family' there had left and most of them have now left since I did. There is almost an entirely new workforce and I have heard that the working atmosphere has changed drastically. - Now that Google has acquired Motorola Mobility, it's hard to discern what will happen as far as a future for working there (specifically Libertyville, IL) depending on what Google's strategy for purchasing Motorola is. So there is still an unpredictable job future. - Layoffs are still continuing.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      I wouldn't get too comfortable.

      Nov 2, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Sydney, FL
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      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.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Still good engineering company to work for

      May 31, 2010 - Senior Staff Engineer in Melbourne, AR
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      Pros

      I have a special feeling about this company as having 10 year anniversary in the midst of fierceful come-back effort. Motorola is still one of the best engineering companies any engineer can ever hope to work for. Due to the current status of the company, many engineers have left either voluntarily or nonvoluntarily. They are well recognized at other companies. We call Motorola Motorola University since it contributes to the industry by sending many good engineers to other parts of the industry. With that said, thanks to the competitive business environment, emphasis on superior engineering capability is growing and Motorola will be leading the way into a much brighter future.

      Cons

      As many other present and past fellow Motorolans have mentioned, continuing struggle from the senior management puts down a lot of hard work many engineers pour in. From marketing to portfolio decisions, Motorola is not showing all the potentials as many decisions are not made in a timely manner. However, things seem to be improving as time goes by. One hopes that it is not too late.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

      Jun 22, 2008 - Senior Director in Libertyville, IL
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      Pros

      The company had great technology and innovation potential, and despite the disaster that is the handset business, is still a market leader in some of the other markets in which it competes.

      Cons

      Senior management (especially those in IL) are out of touch with the company. The CEO and executive staff rely on poor PR advice about how to communicate internally. Too many buzzwords, not enough inspiration. Politics run rampant. You get promoted because of who you know, not because of how you do your job. Those in charge are in IL, and most of the middle-management has only worked at Motorola. They have no experience with a Silicon Valley company - they've lived in IL their whole lives and Motorola is the closest thing they have there to big global tech. As such, they have no experience in operating in a competitive tech environment. They can't lead their employees, map out the right priorities, or compete. RAZR was a success only because they had a lot of money to spend to market it. There was no strategy behind it, no recognition that it was going to be a brand that could live on. They just threw money at every marketing oppotunity that came along. Most failed, but since they were well funded the ones that succeeded caused the buzz.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good company, with major problems, but various centers of excellence.

      Sep 30, 2008 - Product Marketing Manager in Plantation, FL
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      Pros

      Huge corporate company, with many centers of excellence and dedicated, long-serving middle management. Benefits are very much in line with Fortune 500 companies and in some cases are more generous. Time off policy is better than at other companies.

      Cons

      There is a lot more work to be done that can actually be accomplished - shortly after joining, my role was expanded to include the responsibilities of someone who was leaving the team. Senior management decisions affect business directly even though they are sometimes disconnected with reality. There are many blind spots within the company that are not taken care of correctly.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee

      There is more to marketing than powerpoint

      Nov 11, 2008 - Customer Account Manager in Schaumburg, IL
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      Pros

      The technology is awesome and there are some very nice people there. They have (or maybe had) a great brand name.

      Cons

      They do not understand the concept of marketing. The senior management team thinks talking about marketing in meetings is all they need to do as far as marketing is concerned. Every objective is to "get thought leadership" because they do not understand marketing or marketing objectives. The organizational structure impedes the process, there is no leadership. People who are in leadership positions have no real experience in running a business or competing in a dynamic marketplace. Senior leadership is a bunch of enigineers and or finance guys. Don't get me wrong, they are brilliant engineers, but they need some marketing and business talent in a big way, and they need to listen to them.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Good pay and benefits, very uncertain atmosphere, poor communication from senior management

      May 23, 2012 - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Libertyville, IL
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      Pros

      Good pay and benefits, good vacation, health club on premises, flexible hours, good work life balance.

      Cons

      There have been layoffs here every quarter so the atmosphere is very uncertain. Now with Google's acquisition it's even more uncertain. Morale is low - it's very hard to stay motivated if you know you may get laid off the next quarter. A lot of people are leaving. Senior management communicates in slogans and doesn't provide any specific information. Very hypocritical - first they say "thank you for a great job!" and then more layoffs come. Projects get started, then cancelled, then started again with a different vendor, then cancelled again... Job is somewhat interesting but unless you move from group to group you'll end up doing the same thing year after year.

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