BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
1,120 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 75 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Excellent place to learn, limited growth, poor work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to learn new things
    Salary is pretty good
    Benefits are also good

    Cons

    Training (other than limited CBT) and travel were completely cut
    High stress
    Poor work-life balance
    Limited potential for promotion
    Too little attention on developing and keeping good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people can be awesome, so pay attention to them, help them feel like they are important, and fire all of the managers that have no clue how to be managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A company which is rediscovering its Core Competency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Talent in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Canadian:)
    Gold standard in Enterprise Security

    Cons

    Lost focus on Core Competency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    John Chen has the right approach and Strategy. Hire truly committed people who are not 'YES' men/women.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working at BlackBerry in Administration

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at BlackBerry. I was given the opportunity to expand my role to include Operations. There was great trust between me and my VP.

    Cons

    When it came to promotions and perks, the company would only consider what the engineers had done on specific projects and in general. Administrative staff salary upgrades were only considered on a yearly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management moves forward with the support of their Executive Assistants. We take the administrative load from your shoulders which allow you to dedicate more of your time to working with your technical teams. Treat your administrative staff with the same respect you treat your engineering staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tought Times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Evolving technology and desire to innovate is coming back

    Cons

    Culture and atmosphere is on the downturn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear direction and communication cross functionally could be greatly improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    could have been great..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    low cost of living. relatively young staff. reasonably fun environment. tried to treat employees nicely/fairly

    Cons

    so many silos, no promotion, no respect for seniority or industry expertize, no sense of priorities, strategic failures left/right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your people... fire most of the exec!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Design Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Challenging, they give you real responsibilities and expect great results, great opportunity to learn and grow as a young professional. Great starting salaries.

    Cons

    Not the best culture, no mentorship, projects are usually decided by non designers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    software developer review of blackberry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good training opportunity.
    competitive salary.

    Cons

    management is chaos.
    connection between groups are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better to improve the management

  9.  

    Salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Fair and equatable but in par with the industry

    Cons

    Minimal growth opportunities across all functional groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to consider compensating high performance employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    BlackBerry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Professional company, high tech, it's a well - known brand

    Cons

    They could be going out of business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to update workplace culture to that of Silicon Valley

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place if you can deal with uncertainty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people who are good to work with. New CEO seems amazing. Good products if they can only get sold. Great innovators and still one of the best Canadian high tech firms.

    Cons

    Total uncertainty. Directions unclear, layoffs are a way of life, and culture of fear has been hard to get past. Challenging industry and are likely to see the squeeze between fad products like IOS and inexpensive product from Asia. Market perception seems down and Sales/Marketing group seem unable to change that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide staff with better direction, give them a sense of job security, and let them fail fast with support to improve New CEO is good. Hang on to him

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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