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BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
726 Reviews
3.5
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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 80 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    One of the few consumer high tech companies in Canada. Interesting work, relatively progressive management and good culture.

    Cons

    The future of BlackBerry is uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    John Chen has a good chance of turning things around. Focus is saying no!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A high paced interactive team-oriented environment that kept employees happy and motivated.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The people. The competitive benefits. The work itself and satisfaction associated with contributing to a greatly loved Canadian product and service.

    Cons

    Large organization, some processes took too long and were not efficient, although I hear this has improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's all new management. No advice to give yet, till I maybe work there again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great People and Team

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

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

    Pros

    Great group of people who truly worked hard to give the best shot at turning around the company. Working on the Hardware side of the business great effort was put into having best in class products

    Cons

    Marketing of product features that were built in were never sold well to customers. This lead to BB having great solutions and products but the everyday consumer not knowing about them

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    it was a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    it was great working there while company was doing well

    Cons

    management wasn't really helpful, didn't provide clear direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate better, front line employees matter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I hear it's gotten better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    It's a large organization that will allow you to travel, work on new technologies, and big projects.

    Cons

    Big companies aren't for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this isn't up to me

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Graphic Designer: Great Experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Been there for a 8 months co-op. You learn a lot. Everyone gets a work BlackBerry. Lunch outings paid by the company. Ice cream Fridays. They accommodate those (Muslims, etc) who pray regularly during work hours in one of the Waterloo offices

    Cons

    For a creative field, would be better to get rid of the office environment to promote collaboration. Don't expect to work there long.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Better treatment
    good perks
    good management
    better coordination
    flexibility
    no tension atmosphere
    challenging projects

    Cons

    Different technology
    narrow chances
    less discount on phones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Applications Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, personal development, team, salary

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    A good experience for a 3rd year Computing Science co-op

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Developer, Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Developer, Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    nearly full integration with the software team I was hired by
    good pay for a co-op
    they cover flights to Waterloo
    people were overall good (at least in my team)
    things are looking up now that BB has re-established their identity

    Cons

    a general lack of faith in the company seems to underlie the actions of some
    not a lot of support for socially integrating the co-ops

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work at

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Get support from management to execute new initiatives

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction from c-level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need clear direction to know where the company is heading to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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