Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
1,507 Reviews
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Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 125 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 94 reviews)

  • Work life balance has become a challenge amid tough industry challenges (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic!..Until things started going bad

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Operations  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Operations in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart, driven co-workers, fast paced and always changing.

    Cons

    Lay-offs are common since technology and competition has passed Motorola by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box. Advertise Motorola's products.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have worked for Motorola for about 4 yrs from 2005~2009

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good process and quality control

    Cons

    As most of the employees from different country so need to consider office culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enhance leadership

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Good experience and good people

    Cons

    long commute, not enough compensation

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excilent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility

    Pros

    Good work environment. No hard work at all

    Cons

    Over time every week but less paying job

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