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Zebra Technologies Chicago Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Zebra Technologies CEO and Director Anders Gustafsson
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  1. "Advanced Development Review"

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    Former Intern - Advanced Development in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Intern - Advanced Development in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zebra Technologies as an intern

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, interesting products to work on, higher level problem solving

    Cons

    Out in the suburbs, occasionally it feels very slow


  2. "Senior IT Auditor"

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    Current Employee - IT Audit Senior in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - IT Audit Senior in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, stock options and salary.

    Cons

    Rare promotions. Management tends to micro-mange employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage

  3. Helpful (2)

    "wasteful culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, if you know somebody inside

    Cons

    Paying attention to unimportant, unnecessary things and leaving behind what is more important. Hiring incompetent uneducated, inexperience people who dont necessarily have an electronic background. Low quality, just to save money. Promotions not on the bases of how competent you are for the job, it is lot easier to get hired if you know someone inside.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention on more important things, stop wasting resources on culture building among the people who dont understand and incapable. Find and give proper recognition to the people who are really valuable and capable.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Game of Thrones - House Zebra vs Moto"

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    Former Employee - IT Field in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - IT Field in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best places I worked at up through and even during the large Motorola Enterprise acquisition which tripled the size of the company about 3 years ago. While the industry average is about 4-5 years of employment, Zebra has folks who've been there 15-25 years. And these folks are truly exceptional. Zebra was the type of company that felt very family oriented with no one throwing anyone under the bus even if someone was at fault. Instead everyone was solution/ happy state oriented.

    Cons

    Now that the dust settled with all the Motorola integration activities, the company is slimming down via attrition and tighter performance reviews. Yes, many folks noticed they were graded much harder this past round and with a lower rating than previously given on a similar performance level. HR set a quota. I think this sets the foundation for a massive purge and opens up options for Zebra HR to fire based on performance vs offering expensive packages. Also, it seems certain employees & managers from the Motorola side seem to be the B team candidates that Motorola sent over. After all when Motorola carved out their employees to go to Zebra, they were smart enough to provide some folks that fell below the mark, making it Zebra's problem. Now I'll caution that this isn't representative of all Motorola folks, just some. There are some exceptional Motorola folks now at Zebra who are quite passionate with regard to their jobs and success of Zebra. however it is noticeable when you see some folks in management fully process oriented with no training or people skills and in constant CYA mode constantly documenting failures. Seems successes are disregarded and failures are focused upon.

    Advice to Management

    Hey - It's tough to digest triple the headcount. You're doing the best that you can and it won't be perfect throughout. But please be fair and not let individual managers fire folks without doing some sort of cross functional management review. 1 manager may not like an employee, however 10 others can't live without them. Don't let the 1 manager monopolize the fate, especially since the job markets are hot for talent these days. (received multiple offers the day after I left)

    Zebra Technologies Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – Director Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for the detailed review, you're feedback is very much appreciated. We're a company with such a rich history, I am glad you can reflect on your past experiences so fondly. Although we've... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "HRIS Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Peers were friendly and warm

    Cons

    In my case there was no advance knowledge that my position with Zebra was to be eliminated

    Advice to Management

    Be more forthcoming with employees

    Zebra Technologies Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – Director Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear your position was eliminated. A lot of really difficult decisions were made as a result of the acquisition. If you need help networking feel free to... More


  6. "Software Architect/Manager"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -WFH
    -Learn new stuff, only if you initiate and do it and prove to the management about its viability.
    -Have a few good perks in the office
    -A lot of smart people

    Cons

    -Shifting priorities, and no clear vision. We built a product but failed to execute.
    -No more growth for talented employees so they felt not important.
    -Managers are by title only their hands are tied and no room to create opportunities to its members.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your people get demotivated. Try to give them space to grow and ability to show case their skills.

    Zebra Technologies Response

    Jun 28, 2017 – Director Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for the feedback! We agree, there a lot of very smart people at Zebra. We're lucky to have these bright minds helping us build great products and services for our clients. Also, thanks... More


  7. "Zebra"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good benefits and good people

    Cons

    Maybe a little focused in a nitch,

    Zebra Technologies Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – Director Talent Acquisition

    I am concerned about this review. We don't locations or security guards in Maryland, please contact me at rrosario@zebra.com if you would like to share the details of this case.

  8. "Contract"

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    Current Contractor - Global Process Owner in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Global Process Owner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, Hard working, Ethical, Trustworthy and honest

    Cons

    Lots of red tape
    Many layers of management

    Advice to Management

    Make onboarding easier


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IT support Technician"

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    Former Employee - Student in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Student in DeKalb, IL

    I worked at Zebra Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Got to work with some good people.

    Cons

    The management sucks. You end up doing monotonous tasks over and over again. It gets old really fast.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees

    Zebra Technologies Response

    May 16, 2017 – Director Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your review. It sounds like the role you were in wasn't the best fit, hopefully you've found a better job fit now. We're sorry you feel the way you do about management. We... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zebra Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great new ideas, flexible work location and schedule

    Cons

    Some rivalry between the two teams (Zebra and Enterprise division of Motorola Solutions)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the new product ideas and culture changes

    Zebra Technologies Response

    Apr 13, 2017 – Director Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for the feedback! It's great to hear you're enjoying some of our flex schedule options. We're also very proud of the innovative ideas that drive our new products and solution offerings, we... More


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