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BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated Jul 16, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 622 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(90 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 70 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours; Good employee benefit (in 42 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 36 reviews)

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    Great place to work. Enjoyed every minute of it.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits, salary and work culture. Chance to work with the best in the industry.

    ConsSome of the employees in senior positions are "oldies" who don't have leadership quality but are there because they joined the company early on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had fun there

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsLots of co-op friends there.

    ConsWinter is so cood than i imagined

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more workers, trainning more for coops

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, good product, lots of bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsExciting, fast paced and interesting place to work. The people are great, the employees are treated pretty well. Compensation is competitive and Waterloo is a good place to live. Very supportive of new ideas.

    ConsLayoffs take a toll on employees and they are losing some great talent. Lots of Bureaucracy which hampers innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your great talent and let ideas come, don't get bogged down in the bureaucracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing

    Indirect Corporate Procurement (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsThe pace of the work environment was dynamic, fluid, Exciting, exhilrating.

    ConsThe leadership, lacking vision, direction, and insight into the marketplace. Too many leaders contaminated the organization. Legal Division killed the business groups, tied their hands and stalled the business from getting to market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementR&D needs to drive the company not Finance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Good

    Automated Test Associate/Developer (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsEfficient, Flexible, Good Environment, Benefits are good

    ConsNo work from home and not good food available at cafeteria

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    On the rebound

    Platform Specialist (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsA great environment where employees are encouraged to take risks, and develop new technologies. Direction from management is typically "We need to accomplish this - figure out how to do it, do it, then report back to me". Independent thinking is encouraged.

    Many great employees - smart, and good to work with.

    ConsSome of the longer serving employees have a negative, defeatist attitude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage the employees - they have a lot of ideas to offer.

    Keep up the good work - there's been a marked improvement since John Chen came aboard

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great place to work

    Blackberry Technical Support for Exchange Server (Current Employee) Halifax, NS (Canada)

    Prosgreat benefits and bonus and salary
    job training
    great work environment
    wonderful coworkers
    learning opportunity

    Consnow the room to move up is limited as company is downsizing.
    some of the managers came from call centre background who are hardly able to cope up with corporate culture. Other than that upper management is pretty good .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    mechanical desinger

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation & Benefits was good and Work/Life Balance too

    ConsSenior Management has been changed frequently

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Loved working with such pragmatic leaders.

    Escalation Manager (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsIt was a great place to work with lots of room to grow and expand my career. Was very good to me as an employee.

    ConsBlackBerry has certainly changed since I worked there. Such a difficult transition they've been through with the change in leadership and direction of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on work/life balance more for employees to prevent burn out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    IT Warehouse Assistant, Consultant, Technician – A year contract

    IT Warehouse Assistant, Consultant, Technician (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsI loved, and still do, working with people, computers, making sure all my customers were satisfied, that way, I got the satisfaction for myself as well. I love when something is broken and I fix it, it is a good feeling. :-)

    ConsI love always learning new things, seeing/meeting/talking with new people, helps me think quicker, helps with communication and deal with people easier. The job I had was a year contract, so no benefits, no compensations either. I loved the challenge of the fast paced environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have any, for my bosses were perfect, all of them I have worked with so far.

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