Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
1,502 Reviews

3.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 122 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)

  • Was an excellent role and the hours were perfect for getting a good work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Waste of time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are individuals within the company who know their job and are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as a work life balance with this company. The work will consume your entire life. Be prepared to work from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep.
     The Senior Leadership is poor. Motorola seriously lacks organization and time management. Everything is done at an expedited rate and at the very last minute possible, which leads to errors and a lot of escalations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Smart people with Lousy 80's management

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Horsham, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Horsham, PA (US)

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Super Smart people.
    Good work Life balance

    Cons

    Very laid Back and poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things need to get done fast and that needs less politics and more streamlined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    High-tech fun and frustration

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some people in the company are extremely skilled and hard working, and they are great to work with on interesting projects related to Android-based products. Motorola is the only big company in Chicago involved in smartphone development.

    Cons

    Many middle managers do not have the training, education, or risk-taking attitude required to stay ahead in the smartphone industry, and there are many middle managers who do almost nothing (except hang onto their job through the next layoff). Adopting the Android platform gave Moto a boost, but not profitability. And now that Google is out of the picture, it's unclear if Lenovo will be able to make the company profitable. This company has a history of invention, but also a tendency to persevere on sidetracked products and senseless missions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to create a highly reliable, streamlined, low-cost phone for the masses. Stop trying to market to high-end youth markets. Figure out how to put an end to the joke I recently heard ("Motorola is the biggest destroyer of human potential in the world."). Develop better business strategies for the company. Communicate the plans better to employees. Support talented team members in their quest to implement great stuff for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    This review is for the Motorola Home (now ARRIS) division. Classic top heavy politically driven corporation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. You don't have to work particularly hard if that appeals to you but there are lots of people who do. Some really excellent talented people work there and do their best despite the chaos that sometimes prevails.

    Cons

    Leadership team does everything but lead. Never seem to complete a goal, in a constant state of flux. If you're incompetent and can hide well, you've got a career for life. You are always in a firefighting mode, Constantly introducing new standards and best practices but never followed to completion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people accountable, including your upper management. And practice some honesty in your communications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Feedback for this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Wonderful coworkers, friendly interaction with support groups. Benefits are acceptable, but have deteriorated over the past 10 years.

    Cons

    Heavy workloads, extremely stressful, little to no consideration for quality of workplace and personal life outside of work. Very fast paced, intense project schedules poor work-life balance. They expect their employees to sacrifice their personal lives to meet managements insane schedules. For what? A smartphone? It use to be fun working here, but over the last 10 years and all the layoffs, it's been a grueling, negative work environment to pay the bills. If you want to live a happy, joyful life, this isn't part of the equation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees happy and fun to work at. Foster a positive work environment rather than being put under a microscope by a micromanaging VP of engineering.

  7.  

    Toxic Environment

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Libertyville, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Libertyville, IL (US)

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent pay
    Excellent benefits
    Excellent work/flexibility arrangements (come in later/earlier; work from home when needed)
    Great opportunities to build skills up until the last 2-3 years.

    Cons

    Too much sexual conversations out loud in work areas
    The more layoffs occurred, the the more toxic the environment (back-stabbing)
    Flirting and sexual harassment accepted (if you don't participate you are an outsider)
    No work-life balance; you must be available over lunch, after hours and on weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Breathe, relax, then bring back camaraderie
    Need a 360 feedback loop to get feedback on middle management & project leaders the same way you get feedback on working level
    Don't always trust the words of the person closest to you (or always smiling in your face), they may have a motive for what they say
    What promotion?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My team at MMI was great, but the company as a whole lost its way years ago.

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    Former Employee - Performance Optimization Engineer  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Performance Optimization Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    I worked with great people and had a great manager who set goals but left you alone to achieve them. As an electrical engineer, I worked with very competent, dedicated colleagues. MMI has come up with technically excellent handsets like the X and Droid MAXX, but Apple and Samsung have vastly greater marketing budgets.

    Cons

    The once- or twice-yearly layoffs since 2007 got to me after a while - they're energy- and morale-sapping. So did the lack of a successful winning strategy on the part of the senior leadership team. I hope that Lenovo can end the endless downsizing, but I doubt that it can and suspect Lenovo will end up just slapping the Motorola brand on made-in-china products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm afraid it's probably too late to turn the company around, at least in its current form.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Hard to predict the future, but has potential to be an extremely great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees below the glass ceiling (below Director level) rarely ever see upper management mingle with other staff. Spending an hour in an unrecorded session to get in touch would be nicer than in a townhall setting. Many are apprehensive to speak freely when it's viewable to everyone in the org and in front of so many people.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, but morale had been decreasing

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Libertyville, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Libertyville, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot as a new hire from college
    Culture and morale was at the highest when I first started in 2006
    Opportunity to travel to many countries to support product launch
    Co-workers were cool and fun

    Cons

    2008 company started to have multiple rounds of lay-offs and morale decreased
    Multiple reorganizations within the company every 2 months or so

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Recommended!

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Tanggu, Tianjin (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Tanggu, Tianjin (China)

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place for a young professional with two or three years experience. Clear and formal process. Good reputation

    Cons

    With the formal process there, people in finance department cannot expect many challenges,nor the chances to growth from solving problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More rotation opportunities may bring challenges and dynamics many longed for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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