Motorola Mobility Reviews

Updated 28 September, 2014
Updated 28 September, 2014
1,507 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Too much uncertainty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Motorola Mobility full-time for 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Awesome Work Culture

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Motorola Mobility as a contractor for more than a 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    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
  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 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
  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 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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