BlackBerry
3.4 of 5 958 reviews
www.blackberry.com Waterloo, Canada 5000+ Employees

BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.4 550 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(53 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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IT Warehouse Assistant, Consultant, Technician – A year contract

IT Warehouse Assistant, Consultant, Technician (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor for more than a year

ProsI loved, and still do, working with people, computers, making sure all my customers were satisfied, that way, I got the satisfaction for myself as well. I love when something is broken and I fix it, it is a good feeling. :-)

ConsI love always learning new things, seeing/meeting/talking with new people, helps me think quicker, helps with communication and deal with people easier. The job I had was a year contract, so no benefits, no compensations either. I loved the challenge of the fast paced environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have any, for my bosses were perfect, all of them I have worked with so far.

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Challenging and innovative

Software Quality Assurance Specialist (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern for more than a year

ProsPersonal growth, flexible schedule, good pay

ConsInstability , long working hours, informal practices

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter HR communication

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great people

Cloaking Enabled (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry part-time for more than a year

Prosexcellent the people are great and the support is always top notch. the perks are great and you get to learn some cool stuff and technology

Consdistance from my home is a challenge as i live in the gta. i would have loved to move to waterloo as it would make my commute much easier

Advice to Senior Managementaward based on merit

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineering at RIM

Senior Software Developer (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Still some very bright people working at the company
-Engineers are motived and work hard to succeed in their tasks
-People want the company to succeed and work hard to achieve their goals
-Engineers are well compensated (much higher than the average for the area)
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Cons-The company does not innovate and they have no plans to innovate
-There is very little work/life balance. It's all about work
-There is no budget for training and also no time to train
-You end up working long hours, because half your team was laid off or quit from burnout

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Restructuring continues....

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BlackBerry

ProsStill strong commitment by team to turn company around.

ConsMany folks fatigued by on-going challenge of getting the ``ship`` upright.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay particular attention to your #1 resource - the employees. Only they can make the new vision a reality.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing! I was on of the lucky individual to work at this company in its infancy.

Web Specialist (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

ProsCutting edge technology, lots of brilliant and motivated individuals to work with.

ConsPromoting from outside the company. Hiring and facilitating weekly travel to people who live thousands of km's away

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote those passionate about the company, ignore those looking to make a name for themselves and looking for a quick cash grab.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A new dawn is coming.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry full-time

ProsAmazingly talented workforce. Workplace is friendly. Good salary and benefits. Have made and continues to make a positive difference to the life of the end customers.

ConsAs seen in the news, in the midst of large restructuring and downsizing.

Advice to Senior ManagementDraw on the versatile doers. There is a lot of experience in the workforce.

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Too many silos

Developer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor for more than a year

ProsFast paced, high productivity, good experience and benefits

ConsOrganization is broken down into teams that compete with each other. Creates many conflicts and is not efficient when delivering a single product.

Tension between teams comes at a high cost. Working there requires a high stress tolerance.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of teams.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Product Manager (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 8 years

ProsRoom to make a difference for people with initiative, self-directed activities, and change to grow.

ConsIt's a large company that can operate like a series of loosely organized smaller companies, but not always in a good way.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinued growth and evolution of the company, whilst finding ways to retain top talent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Despite their flaws I really enjoyed working there.

Electronic Assembler (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

ProsIt was an amazing place to work until they started downsizing. The people were great and made me look forward to coming in each day. They had great health benefits and they frequently renovated and repainted to make it an inviting atmosphere to work.

ConsThe major lack of internal communication was frustrating. There was a general lack of common sense. They were overly trusting of their employees which allowed for a lot of theft to happen. During my last few years it became almost impossible to move up within the company in any role.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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