Motorola Mobility
3.1 of 5 1,431 reviews
www.motorola.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California"
    in 116 reviews
  • "Very flexible work hours as long as things get done"
    in 57 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management retains high degree of control on most decisions"
    in 95 reviews
  • "Also, the work-life balance can be difficult, because it's a fast-paced industry"
    in 22 reviews
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Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSuch a great company to work for, stock options were generous, holidays bonuses twice a year and annual reviews routine. The work was interesting and varied and had a great collection of dedicated engineering staff.

The office environment was relaxed and friendly but efficient and focused. Management allowed the engineers to do what they do best, engineering with little interruption.

ConsThe only thing I would say I did not like was free phones had a low limit for personal calls.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work, such good pedigree, others can only mimic in envy.

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Good Company overall

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Basingstoke, England

I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood salary and benefits package. Nice friendly colleagues. Good flexibility.

ConsSeemingly constant changes, to the point that change was the only constant. Lots of redundancies in recent years, which although necessary still difficult foe everyone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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lots of opportunities, I stayed 12 years!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Basingstoke, England

I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

Prosopportunities to work with many different people and get involved on different projects. Internal movement and retraining encouraged.

Conslike other tech companies, they look for the lowest cost centres so it's no unheard of to see whole departments and job functions be moved overseas to outsource companies, whether or not it achieves the same level of results as keeping it internal.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Basingstoke, England

I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood team spirit, great working conditions

Conssometimes concentrates on technical excellence rather that business requirements

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great times and sad times

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Swindon, Gloucestershire, South West England, England

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

ProsGreat employment package
- competitive salary
- good health plan
- pensions plan was good, but goverment have screwed this for everyone, now it's average
- if you are flexible then you can do well in Moto

ConsHas suffered from weak CEO leadership in recent years
Did not maximise on some great opportunities
Lost a lot of money not seeing ventures through to revenue

Advice to Senior ManagementStand by decisions and ensure all business activity has clear line of sight to revenue

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More the division's fault than the company's

Senior Build Engineer (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I worked at Motorola Mobility

ProsThe main Motorola business provided much training and opportunity for career development.
Chance to work with other, less broken, divisions.

ConsBad and cliquey management,
No opportunity for advancement in product group.
Management more concerned with own careers than their reports.
Byzantine and overly complex internal systems.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds to enforce some of Tom Peters' ideas.
Management as stewardship.
Needs to be an internal tribunal for complaints against bad managers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Technical Services

Director (Former Employee)
Basingstoke, England

I worked at Motorola Mobility

ProsTechnology and the global reach of the company

ConsBureaucratically and the politically charged work conditions

Advice to Senior Managementwork smarter and in a simple way without politics

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Engineers, Management Inept

Engineer (Current Employee)
Glasgow, Scotland

I have been working at Motorola Mobility

ProsGood engineering variety and well respected in the engineering community. Good rewards and very competitive package overall with excellent conditions and surroundings.

ConsThe industry is very cyclical and the whole work force depend on the r&d and npi teams doing a good job, which doesn't always happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey tended to adopt a dictatorial approach to mgmt and they were top heavy with managers. Having production managers then lead engineering teams was a very bad move.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Too Big

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Motorola Mobility

ProsGood structure in place
Some great employees
Tries hard to make it a good company to work for

ConsThere is a culture of fear - nobody wants to make a decision in fear of being repremanded if it turned out to be a wrong decision. Thus decision making is stiffled & pushed up to people who shouldn't be making such decisions.

Advice to Senior Managementcarry on with the reforms

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Never work for this company

CM Engineer (Former Employee)
Basingstoke, England

I worked at Motorola Mobility

ProsBrand name is good for CV. The office is quite good, although is not that comfortable.
Some people are good although it's a minority there.

ConsThere are too many things to mention.
People there were waiting for the redundancy for 3 years.
Imagine how it's like to work in such an environment. People don't want to actually do anything.
The only activity I saw was struggling to find somebody to blame on and trying to avoid doing the work by yourself.
I couldn't wait to exit this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementResign and close a company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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