BlackBerry Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 3 Dec 2020

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  1. "Sales"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Commission Plan Executive support on big deals International travel

    Cons

    work life balance expectation to be in the office most of the time Product management wasn't as strong as the engineering leadership

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Dreadful company to work for"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Great benefits Brand still looks good on your CV

    Cons

    1. Negative toxic environment 2. Extremely political 3. Atmosphere of fear 4. Complete lack of trust throughout the organisation top down and bottom up 5. Dictatorship, controlled by 2-3 individuals at the top. 6. Complete lack of flexibility. Work from home is not allowed and is actively monitored 7. Style of leadership, processes and management of people is extremely old fashioned. This is 2017 not 1997 move with the times. 8. Some of the senior leadership team lack integrity, professionalism and are not inspiring. 9. Work life balance is extremely poor (some functions are worse than others). Expect to be contacted during your annual leave and at weekends. You are expected to devote not just your working time, but your life to this company.  If you value quality family time, think twice about working for this company. 10. When you think of a tech company you think, and expect modern, flexible, creative, inspiring, a work hard play hard (both), open environment.  BlackBerry are none of these things.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    I came to BlackBerry at a graduate level, and was immediately given opportunities to work on a global scale with senior-level stakeholders. After several years here, I have had exposure to numerous projects as well as challenging and exciting day-to-day work. Compensation wise, I am rewarded very well and manage to maintain a good work-life balance with our flexible working policy (core hours 10am-4pm) Overall, BlackBerry has been a fantastic company to experience at this stage in my career - and even better that I get to work a fantastic team!

    Cons

    As with most large companies, BlackBerry is very process driven. I have had the chance to implement and improve some of these processes - however some others are hard to influence.

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  4. "BlackBerry Learning Consultant"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Having worked at BlackBerry for over 4 years, in Egham and then Slough it was a great company to work for: - Culture - People - Work hard but good work life balance - Bonus

    Cons

    There was only a couple and these were around the very very confusing bonus system and the bureaucratic involvement we had to have with the North American GLS team.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intense"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Customer focused Positive culture Sales culture CEO Market leader

    Cons

    work life balance Investment in marketing acquisition by Blackberry high quality talent leaving ISV strategy

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Human Resources 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    As someone who is in the earlier stages of their career, BlackBerry have surprised me with how well they have rewarded me in terms of compensation and benefits. I can only speak for my team, but we have a very relaxed culture and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Negative perceptions from media/outsiders who still see BlackBerry as a phone company. Because of this I find some people do not take us seriously and this perception needs to change.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "BlackBerry has been a somewhat chaotic place to work in the past few years, but I've enjoyed the roller coaster ride."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Current Employee - Strategy Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work life balance, great people, in a diverse environment, with good benefits

    Cons

    Unclear future direction and lack of communication from the leadership

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  8. "Great technology and security at the time, but others are now catching up doing the same"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Premium Support Analyst in Egham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Their technology and security is still the best but other companies such as Good Technology are catching up! Nice colleagues, made a lot of friends during my time there. Ability to work from home so good work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary was not great, and yearly increase was quite poor. Support structure was flawed - not enough analysts to take calls, many analysts couldn't cope with the increasing workload so burned out and left. Remember that this is Tier 3 support with approx 30 tickets in the queue at the time. Management were quite useless and didn't really listen to their employees, used to be a little bit of a boys club at the time but I believe all that was rooted out when John Chen arrived - there was no real opportunity to advance career wise in the UK as it's a Canadian company so naturally most are promoted over there...

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Like hitting your head against a brick wall"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work/life balance i.e. home working is acceptable - Good employment benefits i.e. Bupa dental/health, pension scheme & car allowance - Annual bonus OK (only received 3 in the 5 yrs due to company performance) - Free phone and calls (non-roaming though) - Expenses, wage always paid on time - UK office in Slough, I worked with very friendly and approachable people. Some very talented but unable to share with company due to red tape & lack of infrastructure

    Cons

    - Over past 12 mths company has lost talented execs & employees to competitors - No real management structure causing a lack of team direction towards tasks, silos in every dept. - Outsourced pretty much everything to save costs which has negatively impacted levels of productivity. - Company went from a regional to a global model, big mistake. Now regions have to follow the Canadian way or no way, even if it means guaranteed failure.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Partner Service Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work: very flexible, opportunities for carrier development, good work life balance

    Cons

    Canadian centric, Senior Management disconnected to what is going on in the market

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