Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
1,511 Reviews
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Pros
  • For same reason work-life balance better in Illinois than California (in 125 reviews)

  • Good place to work, good work environment, with alot of good people to work with (in 104 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management retains high degree of control on most decisions (in 95 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good learning environment

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very open environment, as long as you are self-motivated, and what to learn new technologies and skills, the company won't block u from learning it.

    Cons

    A lot of snacks, water and soda. Lunch is not provided, you are on your own. It would be great if there is a gym inside the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too much uncertainty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great, smart people who want to get Motorola back to a leader in the market. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Too much change and uncertainty with the acquisition by Google then by Lenovo to get long-term strategic work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace your talented people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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 (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
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  5.  

    Awesome Work Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Motorola Mobility as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learning, Employee Friendly Environment, Free to take responsibilities and decisions, Very good work life balance.

    Cons

    Though I have heard some teams have hectic work schedules but did not notice myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue the good job! and few managers should allow room for employees to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Recommended!

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

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time (more than an 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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.

  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (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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