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BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
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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.  

    challenging & rewarding

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

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    pay, work life balance, benefits

    Cons

    challenging few years - growth potential limited but as the company turns around i see this improving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do a review of mid level management. far to many Team Leads, Managers, Directors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Director, Product Management

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Good place to work. Smart people, hard working environment. Meritocracy. Waterloo is improving all the time culturally and good place to raise family with reasonable cost of living.

    Cons

    Challenging ; stressful work environment at the time (2010) since company was on a downward competitiveness trajectory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Difference across departments; Excellence overall

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

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated employees; professional business environment; products you could be proud of; approachable and helpful managers; optimistic company outlook.

    Cons

    depending on the team, management for some team needs to be improved and standard needs to be set a high norm across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked with the manufacturing team to help design and build new Blackberries

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, good work culture, great people to work with, work-life balance

    Cons

    No ambition, No drive, no need to innovate, no incentinve to challance the status quo

  6.  

    Nice place to work

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    New management has the right focus now.

    Cons

    Still a tough business environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep executing. This leadership is what the company needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall was a great job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great new hire process
    Salary and benefits were very comparable to other tech companies

    Cons

    Laid off due to reduced headcount

  8.  

    Environment catered for the no nonsense problem solvers

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity, smart people to learn from

    Cons

    Extremely serious, no time for jokes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent coop experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    At Blackberry, a lot of emphasis is placed on the coop program as everyone is friendly and willing to help you out. In addition, people really push you to succeed. Working on some of the latest innovation and seeing them brought to the market is definitely rewarding. There is also a good balance of work and play as there are many social events where you can interact with the other coop students. I have learned a lot and had lots of fun working at Blackberry.

    Cons

    There were many times when needed to work long hours and sometimes over time to get the necessary work completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More resources if possible placed towards improving company culture such as team building events.

  10.  

    Company Environment

    Current Employee - LCD Display Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - LCD Display Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for in terms of gaining experience, and helpfulness. Benefits are generous and time off is granted when needed.

    Cons

    Company is not financially stable, company could improve upon the training an employee receives when they first start their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving interns more training for their designated position.

  11.  

    Employee Dedication

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive environment. Open to ideas and enabling employees to learn new skills. Employees worked hard to make the company a success and continue to work hard to maintain market share.

    Cons

    Emotionally challenging for employees to work through the long transformation process and stress of company downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue supporting the cultural values of having an environment open to ideas and information sharing, coupled with quick decision making and execution skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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