BlackBerry Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lord of the Flies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Iconic brand and incredible invention that helped shape the Information Age.

    Cons

    Too many to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of churn, but the technology you get to work on is rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Sunrise, FL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunrise, FL

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

    Pros

    The designs we work on are using the newest technological solutions. As an engineer you get visibility to cutting edge solutions and processes.

    Cons

    Leadership is difficult to read and direction is not consistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Architect

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, okay environment

    Cons

    Lousy leadership, no accountability, no direction. a total lost cause

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for advice

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lucky to get out before the death spiral

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers were smart, creative and a good group to work with. The benefits were decent and comparable to the industry. Withing the work group process improvements were identified that improved cycle time and reduced costs.

    Cons

    Poor leadership by management in not acknowledging changes in the business environment. Complete lack of effective decision making led to poor products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    About RIM/BlackBerry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Some pockets of really good people
    Good Benefits
    Good Pay

    Cons

    The work environment is terrible. They work you to death. It is expected that you pretty much work every weekend. They always talk about it being the most important weekend every weekend.

    Many people have worked at the company a long time (straight from College) and have no idea that there are better ways to do things. There are too many people in mid-level management that have no business being there. Experienced people that know there are better ways to do things are just ignored.

    There is no common sense with many people there in management.

    Giving feedback to managed usually turns around to bite you. RIM/BlackBerry is not an environment where employee's feedback is well taken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of most of the mid-level management and start over. Find your people that have worked elsewhere that have good experience and use their knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior Attorney

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    Former Employee - Senior Counsel  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Counsel in Irving, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great training/experience. great people. was once a good product

    Cons

    lack of vision on the future. nothing gets through the "sponge."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you have certain criteria upon which to measure employees for raises/bonuses/job advancement... stick to it. no ones wants to see a 5 year lawyer attain a level of Vice-President that is normally reserved for 15+ year lawyers. It's bad for morale and illustrates a lack of judgment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - OK benefits
    - Nice friendly people
    - Some smart people

    Cons

    - Incompetent managers and mismanagement
    - Poor communication
    - No risk taking
    - Slow due to bureaucracy and mismanagement
    - Nepotism/favoritism (it's who you know and not what you know)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company grew way too fast without proper streamlining and processes in place. Fire incompetent managers and hire smart, intelligent and hard working people. Take some risks and try to innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best days are far behind it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    - Large company benefits package is good
    - Good industry sector to work in
    - Pay is OK
    - Still some good people left

    Cons

    - Fallen on bad times and getting worse
    - Blame culture / finger pointing
    - Leadership in denial, no strategy
    - Internal feuding out of control
    - Far too "top heavy" no real career growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culling thousands of worker bees fixes this quarters problem but clearing out the morass of SVPs, VPs, Directors is probably the only way to save RIM. At the moment it's deckchairs on the Titanic.... Do something before somebody does it for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    RIM as an employer

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irving, TX

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Great benefits, good vacation package.

    Cons

    ZERO respect for work/life balance, very little planning and/or strategy which leads to chaos and long work weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    A Company that has Outgrown Its Small Company Business Practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    RIM has had an uncanny ability to hit market sweet spots, and much of that ability can be attributed to senior management. It has great benefits and, to reinforce a stereotype, the Canadians are some of the nicest people I've ever worked with. The technology is cutting, sometimes bleeding edge. Benefits are above average for telecom companies in this area.

    In the US location I worked in, the "development" positions were in reality integration positions. Core engineering is done in Canada. I saw some interesting stuff, but it was in the course of troubleshooting phone-specific problems or trying to resolve configuration management issues.

    In summary, it's a mixed bag: RIM's very, very successful and has above average benefits. They work their developers hard, and developers are expected to do whatever it takes, whenever needed, for extended periods of time.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company's growth has outstripped its organizational maturity, resulting in a nearly constant crisis mode on many projects. The product quality is still there, but it gets there due to heroic efforts. Constant heroic efforts--month after month. Forget work-life balance; you'll need to be constantly available on those weekends when you don't go into the office. You'll be texting constantly while on vacation.

    In the US location I worked in, the "development" positions were in reality integration positions. Core engineering is done in Canada. I saw some interesting stuff, but it was in the course of troubleshooting phone-specific problems or trying to resolve configuration management issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, don't change whatever you're doing to come up with the rights products for the market. Second, you need some lightweight processes. RIM moves fast, but a huge amount of time is spent resolving configuration problems or problems due to miscommunications of changes. Entire organizations are consumed with just troublshooting CM issues. As margins decrease, this is really going to start hurting. And a silver-bullet methodology or calling chaos "agile" isn't going to do it. Focus on change control and communications--you'll save time, salaries and scrap. And your folks will have some type of work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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