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BlackBerry Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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  1. Great technology and teams, but disfunctional corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology and the pursuit of quality were great reasons to be part of it.

    Cons

    Work life balance was poor in my team and teams in the same division.
    The company is not doing well, and the outlook is still uncertain.
    Values and accountability of senior management were lacking while at the same time employees were constantly lectured about it.

    CEO compensation and the goodbye package for the previous CEO didn't seem to be correlated with company performance or the results obtained. Not great for employee engagement and shareholders.

    The company seemed to be extremely wasteful.
    Insane amount of inventory and even some never used servers were just shredded.

    Advice to Management

    I found the direction to be clear for projects and technology but not for the business as a whole.
    The feedback loop from the employee to management seemed to be broken.

  2. Software Developer

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

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - technical management staff
    - state of the art technology
    - decent work load for interns to establish themselves
    - full-time support making you feel recognized
    - great corporate feel

    Cons

    - job becomes repetitive if you are planning on staying for more than 4 months
    - some managers are less involved with their interns
    - weak moral due to employees leaving

  3. Helpful (1)

    I had excellent experiance working for BlackBerry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BlackBerry has a very good benefits and RRSP plan available for all employees. During the Christmas time everyone has extra paid days off.

    Cons

    Poor marketing strategy ( for example not enough advertising new product).

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  5. Hardware Engineer Intern/Co-op

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineer/Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineer/Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere, everyone was friendly.
    - Got to work on all their cool new stuff before they get released.
    - Great benefits even to students (ex: gym discount)

    Cons

    - Nothing really bad to say. Just need to be a hard worker but that applies to anywhere really.

    Advice to Management

    Management was great. Always had an open-door policy and very friendly and approachable.

  6. Still a lot of re-structuring

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well. Good people are still working there. Good intentions.

    Cons

    Still a lot of re-structuring so this impacts morale as people are still losing their jobs. Leads to increased workload on those left. Also hard to bond with teams and managers with so many changes.

    Advice to Management

    None to give, not sure they can control/change the issues at management level.

  7. Enjoyable place to work, plenty of opportunities to learn new things.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Tools Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Tools Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team (I'm sure your mileage will vary), opportunity to work with new and exciting technology, and most importantly the ability to learn new things (on your own and from your coworkers).

    Cons

    Perceived by many as a dying company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing; my managers treated me well.

  8. Working at Blackberry is unique experience. You are exposed to many cross platform teams and product.

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

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Supporting team leads, very friendly work culture.

    Cons

    Too many employees to complete with for highlighting yourself.

    Advice to Management

    If you are really outstanding at your work, then you may be picked for promotion. Otherwise, it is very difficult to step up carrier wise at the company.

  9. Friendly work environment, Not much to do on web application side.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and environment, Learnt a lot about professional software development.

    Cons

    They were undergoing reorg ,cutting projects and there wasn't a lot to do.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know what your new hires will be doing for the duration of their internship.

  10. Long time employee, been through a lot

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

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good co-workers, Pretty good pay

    Cons

    Unstable currently and an unknown future.

  11. Great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - friendly atmosphere
    - new things to learn
    - great benefit
    - compensation

    Cons

    - not a lot of growth opportunities

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