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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen
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  • An exciting place to work at times, but industry outlook can make it difficult

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    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits depending on position.
    Management are generally accessible and receptive to feedback and criticism, it generally isn't difficult to get a complaint or suggestion to people that can act on it.
    Co-workers with a solid grasp on current technology and trends.
    Generally positive culture with opportunities to better it.

    Cons

    Process overheard - Though this has gotten better compared with some previous upper management, there is still a large amount of unnecessary process and reporting which is many times duplicated according to who is asking for information, with little impact beyond causing headache for the people trying to do the work rather than write reports
    Guidance and direction - There are a number of managers that are in their position not likely out of interest but of necessity...a great worker may not make a great manager, and they won't be as adept at providing guidance and direction for your career.
    Tools adoption and integration - Some tools were developed in house (likely to save on costs) and it's readily apparent (such as test case management and planning) in areas lacking functionality and cumbersome usage. Some tools and utilities are old and still in use, causing fracturing of knowledge and efforts during projects.
    Difficult at times to maintain a positive outlook in a job that you hear in the news as 'death spiral' and 'doomed'.
    Depending on which geographical site, advancement opportunities are limited unlike in the main campus.
    Telecommuting is generally frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open channels of communication and regular town halls.
    Provide clear guidance for employees regarding their employment...sitting at your desk day after day thinking about your position (or team, or office) being eliminated based on the news does absolutely nothing to instill confidence in the company strategy or direction.


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