BlackBerry Reviews

Updated July 29, 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. Company overview

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxing work environment, friendly culture. Comfortable working hours with up to date and good test equipment.

    Cons

    Management is indecisive and is unable to make good decisions. Many projects get redirected at times.

    Advice to Management

    Think of more meaningful work. Invest time in more creative research projects that develop engineers as well as communicate more in between teams.


  2. Senior SW Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, interesting work, fun & challenging technology, fast moving entrepreneurial environment, great benefits & progressive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Tough market to sustain a long term presence in, too many changes in Leadership, strategy and company direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a long term focus.


  3. Global Strategic Accounts Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    High visibility, senior access internally and with largest enterprise customers

    Cons

    Product and competitive forces eroded once best-in-class mobile position

    Advice to Management

    Find value in IP assets. Partner with new industry mobile leaders. Be relevant player in Internet of Things and maximize QNX potential.


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  5. Good stepping stone.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, flexible hours. Great life/work balance, and a great amount to learn if you're fresh out of college.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs which kept moral down, projects get canceled after 1+ years of work which wastes time and resources.


  6. Maketing specialist: Good work/life balance, competitive salary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    While at BlackBerry, our team was like a family. There is a lot of support from the management team. There was a good life/work balance if you were organized and focused while at work. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Politics played a huge role in the organization. Various times I felt that the different business units were very divided instead of trying to work as a team.


  7. Manager Global Technical Specialty Teams

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    Former Employee - Manager Global Technical Specialty Teams in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Manager Global Technical Specialty Teams in Irving, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone worked as a close team to get the job done for the customer. I feel that the best product possible was always delivered to the customer.

    Cons

    Their was not a lot of direction set buy the Director and VP levels in the company. It was not that they didn't care but I think everyone was being pulled in to many different directions.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with the directions being set and communicate to the employees. BlackBerry has some great senior management but information did not always to the lower levels.


  8. The experience was really good. Good place to kick start your career if you're in the telecom/S/w field

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work place. No work pressure.

    Cons

    They are lagging behind on some of the latest technologies. Need to do a lot more research on cutting edge technologies and implement them to sustain.in the current market


  9. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, Nice working environment, respect to people

    Cons

    limited opportunity, mass restructure impacted high performances which is big loss to the company

    Advice to Management

    Be open minded


  10. Firmware Engineer - Coop

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience, very hands on work. Treats you as a regular co-worker and an equal

    Cons

    Waterloo location is not the best to spend your downtime


  11. Helpful (1)

    good company missed the opportunity to become a great company

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunrise, FL

    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

    Was a good company with great potentials and opportunities. Had quite a lot good talent. Have some good perks.

    Cons

    sits on previous glories, stopped innovating. weak core technology group. had great talents but didn't plug them into the right positions



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