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Updated Jan 19, 2021

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  • "Latest technologies, work life balance(in 195 reviews)

  • "High Salary , Nice Work Environment(in 174 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Lots of uncertainty because of senior management decision(in 107 reviews)

  • "Acquired by Lenovo, moved to China(in 81 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Sr. Project Management Specialist

      Oct 10, 2017 - Senior Project Management Specialist in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent Company to work for with outstanding talented colleagues great benefits and work life balance.

      Cons

      Unfortunate and unexpected ongoing layoffs due to continuous cost reduction and restructuring.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Overall Good

      Oct 27, 2020 - Software PgM in Sunnyvale, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Colleagues, Work Life balance, Benefits, Fun products for hand-on type of people. Pay/bonus may not be the top payer, but it was above average.

      Cons

      Too many layoffs impacted moral. And the obvious, no certanty when will you be in the Layoff train.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      TOXIC

      Aug 23, 2020 - RF Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Chicago is a great city to live in

      Cons

      - They will lay you off without giving you proper reasoning - VERY TOXIC work atmosphere - No learning and very bad mentors - Lack of communication - No work life balance: forget about weekends, and expect to work late nights - Management is not visionary

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work, but stressful...

      Jan 14, 2009 -  in Schaumburg, IL
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      Pros

      Motorola offers Work life balance...I am able to participate in home life and work activities and not feel like one is taking away from the other. Flexibility - there is a lot of flexibility and the option to telecommute. It helps save time and effort - very laid back work environment. The people are phenomenal and it's a very close environment...your work collegues will become your best friends which makes work a fun place to be at. The benefits and compensation are fair to high and with all the non tangebile benefits, Motorola is a gerat place to work. I highly receommend it.

      Cons

      The downsides to working at Motorola is that it is a high paced, very stressful work environment. Things are constantly changing and Senior Leadership is constantly being rotated in and out. That means that things like stragey and directoin are never full implemented becuase halfway through things change and we have to start working on someone elsese project plan. Also, Sr Leadership uses a lot of consulting firms...they would be far more successful if they looked at Motorola and it's culture internally and implemented org modeal and programs that support that. Many times, we have paid consultants to tell us how to do something only to not implement it that way in the end.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Historic company still battling in mobile arena...

      Aug 25, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Without a doubt the name Motorola invokes some great memories for engineers and consumers alike, however the company has struggled to stay current in the challenging mobile market. The product shift a few years ago was a great move allowing the company to gain back some momentum/market share and with recent product announcements that trend may continue. The halls are lined with passionate engineers looking to deliver world class product and services. You will definitely learn a lot in the mobile/android/SaaS space. Great work life balance, however, that was prior to the recent reduction.

      Cons

      Getting on the "right" project can be difficult...it's far too easy for Mgt to fill a void and then leave the team on that project forever!! The hiring process is far more complicated than it needs to be...when qualified candidates are approved by all the interviewers and the hiring manager, but the req is denied by the review committee, something is definitely wrong...this is on far more than a few occasions!! Project teams can still be rather silo'd and with it come all of the problems one would expect. Internal app/service projects can get green-lighted with no clear go to market strategy, ultimately wasting 1000's of engineering hours and resources.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Software Engineer

      May 27, 2016 - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Some very bright people and the opportunity to work on the latest technologies. The facilities in the Merchandise Mart are top-notch and very well located (despite the never-ending complaints of those resistant to change). Compensation and benefits are decent and work-life balance is excellent in my team.

      Cons

      The company is not competitive, losing money and Lenovo's strategy so far hasn't been paying off. They have been cutting costs everywhere and accelerating the development cycle to make us launch a bunch of phones every quarter. As an engineer I can foresee the quality going down in the lower and mid tiers which I believe is going to worsen the situation. There is no feeling of job security as no matter how good one's performance review, they might get axed like the many people last August. Employees are feeling that and the motivation to work hard is hampered. In addition, too much red tape, inertia, and fear to take risks (or non-willingness to commit resources) impedes innovation and Motorola is just becoming a parts integrator for Lenovo: picking parts from manufacturers and software from Google and putting it all together. The company is in a very dire situation. The smartphone market is highly commoditized and saturated in almost every geo. Apple and Samsung have the lion's share and we are condemned to be left with the bits and pieces. Our situation in China is disastrous and the inflation/recession in Brazil is killing us.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

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

      Dec 2, 2011 -  in Libertyville, IL
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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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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Sinking of the Titanic

      Jun 22, 2009 - Senior Software Engineer in Plantation, FL
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      Pros

      Fun place [ used to be ...from 01 to 07] ; good benefits ; people are friendly. Less of a dog eat dog culture compared to more aggressive companies ; good work life balance ; if you were in IL during 03/04/05 you could have got a MBA from kellogs/u chicago for free basically.

      Cons

      its a titanic as everybody knows; I have hopes from new management , though Apple and others have changed the landscape way too much for any recovery now. Pay is not competitive, which is one reason why time is spent on sucking up and useless innovations [ most mot patent disclosures ] , which don't make into products. politics is more than your average company ; a lot of oldies with hardware background or worse [ no technical background] in middle mngmt and sr management. 2 engineers for job of 1. Competition is a moving target ; first it was nokia, then Rim , now apple ; anticipation and desperation missing. embraced google android [ although its a good thing now ] immediately when company spent 3+ years and 1000's of engineers on own linux-java platform. No pride or confidence in its own platform.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      I wouldn't get too comfortable.

      Nov 2, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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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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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Pros

      Depending upon the group and job function, there can be a decent work-life balance. Some are allowed to work remotely, despite the directive from upper management to be in the office all the time, but the rule being bent is highly manager and job function dependent. A lot of good people to work with. Potential to learn a lot if you meet the right people. Downtown office is beautiful. Snack rooms have been stocked regularly and there's a nice game room. Many believe these smaller perks will change after Lenovo comes in.

      Cons

      Company isn't making money, so there's a lot of uncertainty. You have to be your own champion if you want to get promoted. Training is group dependent, but you'll also need to be your own champion if you want professional growth. Can be hard work and long hours if the weight of the organization is thrown at you.

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