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BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 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.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    salary, work-life balance, people. It was a great place to work as an intern or new grad, lots of young people and a great vibe in the company.

    Cons

    lack of direction, legal department. Anything we did had to go through the legal department so it was very difficult to get things done at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented People who are burned out from purges

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

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

    Pros

    After all the purges, the people who are left are extremely talented and willing to embrace change to make BlackBerry succeed. It was a pleasure working with all of them and I have the feeling that I will not have the opportunity to work with such talented, intelligent people again; it truly seemed like a rare thing.

    Cons

    People are anxious and burned out after 3 years of purges and there are no opportunities for advancement given the current climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your talent and find ways to reward people so they stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very Good!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very fun, relaxed culture. Everyone knows how to have a good time while getting their work done at the same time. Everyone is very helpful and dedicated to bring success to the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is very quiet at BlackBerry. Most people are too caught up at work that sometimes you don't talk to a single person the entire day. You may be too busy coding all day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Its a great company to work and good benefit.

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    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are creative, share ideas and help each other when you needed.

    Cons

    Depending on the department that you work with..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was Fantastic!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Great compensation packages. Working with very smart people across many different departments!

    Cons

    Job security is questionable. As with any big corporation, politics always have some role in decision making process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Software Developer Coop

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic workplace, great people to work with and passionate! Lots of perks as a Coop student too, I learned a lot, this experience was a boost on my resume!

    Cons

    It wasn't possible to get a full time position at the end of my internship even if it went really well! This is due to to downsizing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in 2011 didn't made the greatest decision and investments. They lost lots of market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I'm incredibly proud to say that I worked for BlackBerry!

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly talented engineers, dedicated project managers and gung-ho sales managers

    Cons

    Weighed down by very negative market perception

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work. Enjoyed every minute of it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I had fun there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Lots of co-op friends there.

    Cons

    Winter is so cood than i imagined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers, trainning more for coops

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, good product, lots of bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Exciting, 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your great talent and let ideas come, don't get bogged down in the bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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