Engineer (Former Employee) – Horsham, PA – February 25, 2016
I liked Motorola Mobility (Google --> Arris --> Pace). My immediate manager was great. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I thought I was making a very positive impact until the day I got laid-off. I was told it was a numbers game. I guess. This is now Arris/Pace and the Horsham facility (PA) where I worked apparently had a 15% layoff.
Motorola was an awesome company to work for. Yes, it was hard work and long hours but the people were smart and there was a sense of family. Benefits were great however once the company started losing money and was eventually split, employees lived in a constant state of fear for their jobs. Lack of vision and investment in technology by senior management led to the company's demise.
Leading edge technology in the mobile devices industry
Training no longer available, constant workforce reductions
Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 16, 2016
Individual teams can be quite great at Motorola. Intelligent, cooperative coworkers abound and there is no shortage of raw talent, but one can't help but think they are just wasted in many cases. Questionable high level management decisions leads to mass layoffs periodically that are 5 years past the point where they are choosing to get rid of people based on any form of merit.
Bottom line, you could do cool, innovative and interesting things that will never see the light of day because some high level decision will wipe out your team before your stuff sees the light of day.
A good company with many highly skilled and well trained employees. Teams worked together cross functionally toward common goals and objectives.
Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee) – Libertyville, IL – January 9, 2016
A great place to work at when I started in 1995. Cell phone technology was relatively new and rapidly developing. There was always something new going on and it was exciting to work with very motivated people.
Skilled, motivated co-workers. Synergy and dedication.
Tight time frames for product development and approval process.
Senior Staff Test System Engineer (Former Employee) – Plantation, FL – December 3, 2015
The people in general were great, but the Senior leadership and decisions makers lack foresight. They are not forward thinking, we play a lot of catch-up with the industry. Ironically the talent is there to be the first to market on the big ideas, but the SLT and the new owners don't have vision.
Once proud employee now not so much (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 20, 2015
This company is a shell of what Motorola was in its prime. There is no job stability as the company has continually laid people off since 2000. You spend everyday wondering when your time will be up. Not a healthy environment to work in knowing your going to get released eventually. They are now owned by Lenovo, a Chinese company that just built a $30 million dollar R&D/manufacturing facility in China. That doesn't bode well for the Motorola employees left working in the states.
project manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 19, 2015
I have been working at Motorola Mobility (More than 10 years)
Work environment is still great and you'll be surrounded by the smartest people in the tech field. There's opportunity to grow and take on different challenges, but there are some departments that tend to be black holes with low opportunity. Fight for projects with visibility and stay away from testing / quality. I was able to work from home for several years and experienced good work life balance though this hasn't been the case over the last few years.
The company is losing money. You may not get a good package or have the flexibility/ opportunity experienced in the past.
Advice to Management
Focus on creating security, innovation and cooperation, forget politics. Keep colleagues happy & working together.
Software Test Engineer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 12, 2015
There is always a certain amount of red tape in a big company like Motorola. But a typical day at work consists of understanding the project's requirements and what resources are made available to us to allocate. Time (which is translatable to cost) is always of an essence at Motorola and at least in my team.
I learned how to really listen to people whom I worked with (cross-functional teams) and learned the different technical terminologies that they use in their scope of work and how I can better communicate to them to assist in moving the project along.
My management was strong; with clear instructions and laid out project assignments which all of us worked very hard to achieve our goals. We worked together cohesively and built each other up. We invest in our strengths and work out our differences.
The hardest part of the job is that because the company is constantly transitioning, it was hard to keep up with the changes i.e people leaving due to lay off and voluntary resignation. Most enjoyable part of the job was being able to work in a team with people who truly care about one another, apart from getting our jobs done. We learned how to joke and laugh with each other.
Sr. Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 10, 2015
World Class Engineers developed many innovative products; team always does what it takes to drive new product development and deliver new product launches with high quality and drive to meet global customer expectations
Lack of market awareness of product competitive attributes