What's the company culture at Motorola?

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Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Motorola?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Motorola?

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Old timer in Lake In The Hills, Illinois

91 months ago

Host said: Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Motorola?
Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?
What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Motorola?

Stress, stress, and more stress. If you like constant threat of being outsources than Motorola is the place to work at.

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Ex-Moto in DFW in Burleson, Texas

89 months ago

Host said: Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Motorola?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Motorola?

High Tech, High Stress environment with good people expected to contribute in excess of 40 hours a week with no compensation or overtime pay. The company has been in what seems like a constant re-org since mid 90s with increasing move of many engineering jobs to overseas locations like India, Eastern Europe, China.

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jsch10463

89 months ago

I spent a year with Motorola.

The CEO is trying to change the culture. One of this refrains is "there is one Motorola." This is a hope to merge all the varous firms they have acquired in recent years.

In fact, my group was never mergered. One reason I was let go was that I was "Motorola" not "General Instruments."

To directly answer your question. I wore Dockers most days. Friday is jeans day and my boss felt that mean he HAD to wear jeans.

I agree with the comments about stress.

People tend not to get together for happy hours. On the other hand, there was a lot of travel; in my group, at my level 30%. I spent a fair amount of time with folks in hotel bars.

To borrow a line from Hunter Thompson, there is a lot of "fear and loathing" in the part of Motorola I was with.

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pa2360 in Cary, Illinois

87 months ago

a fellow former motorolan said it best - "Ten of the best years of my life were with motorola and i was with motorola for thirteen years" it is just <i> not </i> the same company it used to be. the company used to treat their workforce as an investment. training was encouraged and in some ways compulsory. the thought was gaining skills meant gaining value for the company and at the end of the day all would win. then panic struck and motorola went hollywood. the drive for things like six sigma was replaced with the drive to be "wicked cool!" - and the workforce became a commodity of expense as opposed to an investment of asset. bottom line is unless you are the guy (or gal) designing the next razr, you are - in all matters of the phrase - a replacable cog in the machine and there is a team of people likely meeting right now somewhere on algonquin road looking for cheaper cogs. it breaks my heart to say this, but it must be said. this used to be a great company ran by great people. now it is merely the shadow of what was once a great company being picked over by vultures hoping to cash in. if you want to work there - more power to ya. but it is what it is.

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no name in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

87 months ago

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Mary in Chicago, Illinois

85 months ago

I am so stressed by observing my husband coming home at 11pm! I am so stressed by observing him loosing sleep, getting health problems, and becoming depressed. I am so tired of endless stories about suspicious relationship between his supervisor and another female co-worker, who are putting the entire working load on my husband. I am so surprised that the entire department is making fun of the latter situation, but nobody reveals the truth being afraid of loosing employment.
I am so disgusted that the company that once appeared for me as one of the best business leaders and which I wished to be my husband's employer has turned into horror of our family life.

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MechEng in Carol Stream, Illinois

85 months ago

My husband currently works at Motorola, and this place is CRAZY! In March of 2007, when raises were due, they sent an email, yes an email, stating that raises for all employees were going to be withheld for 3 months due to financial reasons. They used to be a good company, but they continue to cut benefits (although they are still better than most companies benefits), threaten to outsource your job or lay you off, expect 60 plus hours a week, and quite frankly don't stand behind there people. The management treats employees horrible, and expect them just to take it because "we are motorola" and "the greatest". To anyone considering a job there, I would say take it with the idea that you could be laid off at anytime, and don't ever plan on getting too secure in your position.

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Regina Cannaday in Fort Wayne, Indiana

84 months ago

I'm looking for a Test Engineer who has Experience with ICT. Any of you who have been laid off...I'd love to speak with you.

My opportunity is in Northern IN, just 2 hours east of Chicago.

contact me at rac@qcitech.com

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Raposo Velho in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

80 months ago

Working for Motorola for last 20 yrs. It was great company to work for. But things have gone right down the drain since 2002. Since Chris Galvin left the company it seem successive managements have just progressively removed the "Galvin Family Way" of treating employees. Consistently weening out of older higher paid long time employees and replacing them with newer lower paid employees. We had a management that unfortunately took on GE's Jack Welches terrible Rank & Yank employee ranking system which absolutely gutted the company and reduced employee moral to zero. Rank & Yank is a sad corporate rating process that enables the company to justify Age discrimination and just get people off the payroll for little or no costs etc. It's has built in 5% wastage, i.e. Managers need to mark at least 5% of people to be ranked at the lower level "needing Improvement" if this happens a couple of years running you're out the door. In my mind it also ensuring no one will ever become a long time employee. In 2000 we had 160,000 employees, had sales of 32 billion and made a profit. This year we have 65,000 employees, had 42 billion in sales and made a loss. Go figure, successive managements have just gone from bad to worst. Corporate are so out of touch with reality it is just amazing. Employee moral is the lowest I have ever seen it. This year we had cuts in Health Benefits, a 3 month delay in paying out our salary increase. I went to HR with some complaints and asking them to start a web site for employees to give free and unfettered feedback. What a waste of time, I was told it would not happen, just to shut it, as they did not want feedback, that I was just a number on the payroll to corporate. We now have so much red tape it takes me 40% of my time keeping up with that. I recently did 8 compulsory web training sessions (amazingly one was about handling distraught employees), and I was censored as I missed one.(The Mgrs gets their full bonus if everyone does them.)

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Ex Mot in Minneapolis, Minnesota

73 months ago

I did Mot for nearly 10 years in FL08 and it has all the earmarks of a company going down the drain. Outsourcing itself to death, alienating the talent, rewarding the sycophants. What a wreck. I made some good money but had to leave before it imploded. Another note; if you do IT work there it does NOT translate to any other industry or region. It's a career toilet.

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Jo in London, United Kingdom

26 months ago

MechEng in Carol Stream, Illinois said: My husband currently works at Motorola, and this place is CRAZY! In March of 2007, when raises were due, they sent an email, yes an email, stating that raises for all employees were going to be withheld for 3 months due to financial reasons. They used to be a good company, but they continue to cut benefits (although they are still better than most companies benefits), threaten to outsource your job or lay you off, expect 60 plus hours a week, and quite frankly don't stand behind there people. The management treats employees horrible, and expect them just to take it because "we are motorola" and "the greatest". To anyone considering a job there, I would say take it with the idea that you could be laid off at anytime, and don't ever plan on getting too secure in your position.

I was working for Motorola until I was told my probation has been cut short. Work ethics and attitude absolutely stinks with no respect or support for colleagues. Company is on a complete downhill and expect miracles when no stocks are available in stores across the country. They treat their staffs ridiculously rude and every employee at motorola who has a slight upper position thinks they are above everybody else and under estimate their colleagues. A company which is in a dead end position with no marketing or products in stores do really think they can continue to operate like this. Other companies such as Samsung/Sony and leading brands do not treat employees with rudeness or remarks to knock thier confidence as i have friends who work at these companies and love the working envirament. I have worked for other companies in the same industry and never faced this sort of arrogance and poor training with thier appalling attitudes. Anyone considering working for them I would strongly advise for them to think twice as everyday would turn into a absolute nightmare!

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skippy in Lawrence, Kansas

26 months ago

My own experience with HR is extremely negative. Communication is very poor.

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Not worth it in San Diego, California

19 months ago

I have worked at Motorola for 10 years and I am so glad that I left. The first 3 were the nice years back in early 2000. The last 3 were down right abusive. I am talking about long long (long) hours. Spending 10 hours at work and still need to answer emails in real time at night and weekends. This can easily add up to 60 hours a week. Also, the pay scale at Motorola is about 10-20% below industry standard. The worst thing is the company is acting they are doing you a favor and treating you like they you. The last few years I felt like I was a slave to the company. I am not kidding. Also, I recall from one conference call, a big manager said "Everyone is expected to work 7 days a week". I am sure the big manager went straight to the golf course right afterwards. Even with Google taking over the mobility side of the company, the culture did not change. People at HR were actually looking for their own exit strategy. The fact that Google is the parent company does not mean anything. We were treated as second class employee. No Google benefits, No Google pay scale. Meanwhile, we have to do everything to please the management and the customers. If you are looking to find a job at Motorola, I would suggest you negotiate for market pay scale and make sure your manager knows that you are not a slave labor. If you are wiser, I would suggest you look for employment else where. On the other hand, I felt bad for some of my coworkers who are still there. A good amount of them are trapped. I mean because of their visa status, they can't move to other jobs freely. Motorola knows that. The ironic thing is when green card sponsor goes through the engineer usually leaves shortly after.

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Former Motorolan in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

12 months ago

I worked in Plantation, Florida (FL08) for 15 years and quit in 2013 after being treated like a dog by a manager who plays favorites. It is a horrible place to work unless you play the cronyism game. Management pretends to care about employees by asking for feedback but nothing improves - unrealistic expectations by engineers promoted into management because of friendships. These "managers" have no MBA, no formal training and little experience. The experienced engineers are not valued. Expect to be forced out before you reach 50 - if you make it that far. Management prefers to send work to Penang and Chengdu rather than here. And they are far behind other companies in terms of technology and development. Do yourself a favor and avoid a "Moment that Matters", working at Moto.

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