Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
1,515 Reviews
3.4
1,515 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh
Rick Osterloh
33 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good learning environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Great benefits but lots of layoffs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Horsham, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Horsham, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Compensation, bonuses and stock options/RSUs were great.

    Cons

    When I worked for them there were several rounds of layoffs with the run up to the Google Acquisition, then the spinoff of Home to ARRIS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue providing good benefits and financial incentives to the staff to keep everyone focused and motivated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best people, best company... ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Highest caliber of people (competency and character) imaginable!

    Cons

    Defocused organization, overlead by finance. Playing not to lose, rather than playing to win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on few products and high-value markets only. Couple that with the true innovation that originally built Motorola as one of the greatest companies ever.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    Too much uncertainty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic!..Until things started going bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Awesome Work Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Waste of time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Motorola Mobility full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    High-tech fun and frustration

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility as a contractor (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Feedback for this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

Work at Motorola Mobility? Share Your Experiences

Motorola Mobility

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.