BlackBerry Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Pros
  • work-life balance is good in this company (in 80 reviews)

  • relatively flexible working hours (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is limited with a BlackBerry tied to your hip (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior Management has been changed frequently (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Regional Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Terrible company to work for, career suicide, nothing I good to say about this company.

    Cons

    See above, too many to list. Poor company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bein petty


  2. Helpful (3)

    Ended to soon

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In 2009 Blackberry was the fastest growing company in the world. I was attacked to them by others that I knew that went over to Blackberry and I was very excited about my future. We had market share, name recognition and product with seemingly unlimited potential. The future seemed bright....

    Cons

    In late 2011 things began to change. Blackberry's flawed leadership and strategy lead to the decline of revenue, profit and market share. The leadership (2 CEO;s) were removed in 2012 and the very good people at Blackberry began to pay the price of the poor decisions made by the leadership team with their jobs and future.

    Advice to Management

    Never forget your mistakes and try to learn from them. Good luck!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Lord of the Flies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too many to list here.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    Too late for advice


  8. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    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 (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Best days are far behind it.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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