BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
1,097 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 70 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours; Good employee benefit (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 25 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 36 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging and innovative work but in a very stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Probably the best benefits for a Canadian company. Salaries were generally higher. Everyone gets a BlackBerry with data plans. And atleast until recently this company was (and still is) a Canadian tech icon.

    Cons

    Too much inter department politics and work spent on wasted projects (that never go to prod). In the last few years work had become quite stressful with tight deadlines. A lot of chaos in upper man agent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what needs to be done and why and then STICK to it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for with many talented employees.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great base salary, benefits and perks. Fantastic opportunity to be exposed with high-end technologies and infrastructure.

    Cons

    It took a long time for the company to get back on track again and too many amazing employees were lost when the company went through restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good memory and experience at RIM/BlackBerry

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good culture, talent people and excellent salary and benefit.

    Cons

    Most of the employees were lost when the company experiencing restructure. There were not lots products under development and no clear direction the company would go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need top management's envision and strategic planning/deployment to save the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good salary, lots of opportunities to learn new things, but too Waterloo-centric and lacked innovation.

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    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Despite the current sentiment of the company, working at RIM/BlackBerry was always a conversation starter, benefits were good, salary was good, generally good people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, lack of direction, lack of decision making, too top heavy, upward movement was difficult to attain, too Waterloo-centric (leading back to lack of innovation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the opposite of what was done between 2010 and 2013, move the headquarters to (or hire more in) Toronto or Silicon Valley, reduce the number of middle-aged, rural-based developers trying to make product decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Software Developer Coop

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic workplace, great people to work with and passionate! Lots of perks as a Coop student too, I learned a lot, this experience was a boost on my resume!

    Cons

    It wasn't possible to get a full time position at the end of my internship even if it went really well! This is due to to downsizing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in 2011 didn't made the greatest decision and investments. They lost lots of market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Loved my time at BB

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    Former Employee - ITIL Specialist  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - ITIL Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people, the atmosphere (pre-layoffs), the training, travel, learning

    Cons

    things got very stressful leading up to the layoffs in 2011 and 2012. It became a different company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved in what your team members do. I don't mean micro manage, but show an interest. One of my directors had no clue what my entire team did. Thats not a great way to run a company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very good for career growing

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    Former Employee - Validation Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Validation Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get hands-on experience in wireless industry

    Cons

    Personal grows is open for new engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More detailed reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    could have been great..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    low cost of living. relatively young staff. reasonably fun environment. tried to treat employees nicely/fairly

    Cons

    so many silos, no promotion, no respect for seniority or industry expertize, no sense of priorities, strategic failures left/right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your people... fire most of the exec!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Design Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Challenging, they give you real responsibilities and expect great results, great opportunity to learn and grow as a young professional. Great starting salaries.

    Cons

    Not the best culture, no mentorship, projects are usually decided by non designers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    software developer review of blackberry

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good training opportunity.
    competitive salary.

    Cons

    management is chaos.
    connection between groups are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better to improve the management

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