BlackBerry Reviews

Updated 19 Sep 2020

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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen
John Chen
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  1. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Engineer 

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working there. Great place and great people I have ever worked

    Cons

    Senior management vision ruined the company

  2. "A toxic dystopia"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Not many. Some people are nice.

    Cons

    Everything. Toxic senior level management with no direction. John Chen is a hopeless leader who clearly doesn't understand the market or the simple fact that no one cares about the BlackBerry brand. No one. But the whole companies strategy is based on some whimsical recognition of a long irrelevant device. The Peter Principal is evident in nearly all levels of managers and directors. Cylance is just snake oil and the rest of the products are poor and below average. Managers and directors promoted over their abilities creating utter paralysis across the board.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Rudderless, anonymous, lack of spark!"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It was the people It was the culture It was the location It was the challenge

    Cons

    The management team that knew what they were doing were driven out. Cylance acquisition has been botched - senior roles snapped up by folks who do not have the first clue about the market or the customers. Regional leadership is weak and just ‘Yes’ men. Confused marketing - how can the market know what BlackBerry are about if the staff don’t?

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    "Very toxic company"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Director of PMO in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people actually on the cold face

    Cons

    Feeling of constant fear of losing job

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  5. "good place to work at"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Researcher 

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    good place to work at

    Cons

    lunch breaks are quite short

  6. "Good but could be better"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Original team was great, exciting and challenging work

    Cons

    The larger it got, the more micromanagement came to be

  7. "Great company"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourage flexible working, great group of people good atmosphere

    Cons

    Uncertainty have made redundancies in the last few years

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  8. "Old fashioned company"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Location in London is great, 5 min walk to Covent Garden and a lot of theatres nearby. The office is opposite Somerset House with multiple transport links.

    Cons

    The decision making process is really long and the information is locked down within small groups of people. Communication across whole organisation needs to improved. No career progression but interview process is time consuming.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "I can't see a bright future here"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Support in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical heritage still pretty strong, lots of IP.

    Cons

    Management and Top Management disconnected from employees.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Declining company"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Sales and Operations Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good portfolio just not integrated

    Cons

    Lack of investment in product

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