BlackBerry
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www.blackberry.com Waterloo, Canada 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.4 1,039 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(122 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good company overall, poor personal experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI cannot speak for the main offices, but in our remote office we had good benefits, competitive salary, and a mostly friendly atmosphere.

    ConsAlthough the company has made improvements to their products and image, there are still many problems with inter-department communication, management, morale, and corporate nonsense.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut down on all the red tape, simplify processes (for example, it takes too much work to get access to new equipment). Realize that many employees in management positions are only trying to make themselves look good so their positions aren't eliminated, and otherwise are not contributing much to the company or its products. Internal systems are boated, redundant, confusing, and inefficient, which causes things to take 10 times as long to accomplish as they should.

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    Fast paced and demanding work environment

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsHard problems to solve, very smart and interesting people, own the entire system and OS, canadian company

    ConsProcess and management are a burden and not very organized, too many middle level managers, market realities force overtime work all times of the year

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsolidate and reduce the amount of middle management, provide clear leadership from VP's down through all employees, do not overwork your people or you will lose them, listen to your engineers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Compliance Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat environment combined with a perfect work-life balance.

    ConsLack of Career Growth/Opportunities. Teams worked in isolation with minimal collaboration. Varies a lot from department to department and manager to manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've had some brilliant minds and still do. Try to retain the best and make the hard decision of letting go some employees based solely on performance. Also, some managers lack management expertise, identify these before its too late. Motivation and direction is needed down to the lowest tier.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people striving for a comeback

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Pros- Good people to work with. Very passionate.
    - Not too process oriented but has a basic proces. Easy to get things done.
    - Individual ownership and responsibility.

    ConsThe company is going through difficult situation, so one is never sure of their job security. Even if you think you are working on the greatest thing, you can be let go.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chaotic with lots of changes but ultimately a good ride

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Andover, MA

    ProsGood smart people to work with
    Technology is fun and interesting
    Benefits are good

    ConsBrand and market share in decline
    Constantly getting slammed by the press, was hard on morale

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnough with the re-orgs

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

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    Great company, risky future

    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    Pros- work/life balance
    - smart peole working with respect for each other

    Cons- unpredictable future
    - time to market

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosas product team member, it is not a constant pressure but there will be rush when it is closed to release the product

    Consthe management seem to not care about you or it is a bad management communication

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    Great benefits!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Benefits are great - vacation, subsideized gym membership, RRSP matching dollar for dollar
    - good work culture - not a cut throat environment, everyone gets along for the most part
    - pay is competitive

    Cons- innovation is not anywhere to be found
    - as with any company, there are lots of silos
    - the last couple years have been tough on the company, thus raises bonuses are rare, and slim if given.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun place to work

    Software Tester (Former Employee)
    Milford, CT

    ProsRelaxed working environment
    Friendly people to work with

    ConsNot much of technical skills will be developed if working in the same position

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

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    ok, but need fresh ideas

    Quality Assurance Leader (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsWork - life balance was great

    ConsSlow to react to change and ideas

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvolve all levels for ideas, however take action and make decisions.

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

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