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BlackBerry Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
1,137 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 76 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 26 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 a few years ago; not anymore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people, who are passionate about the company and the product (though that is changing), very fast speed of execution; autonomy and latitude to take on new projects and execute.

    Cons

    Clearly, the market conditions have taken a toll on the work culture and employee morale. Sad story of another great company going/gone down the tubes.
    Lack of product innovation, understanding the market and realizing that the world extend beyond Waterloo & Canada. Growth clearly behind it.
    Recognition and promotions were more often than not; based on factors other than merit.
    Very little straight-talk. Management tends to live in la-la land.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salvage value now.
    1. Clearly you can excel in MDM, you still do email/PIM better than anybody else
    2. Focus on BBM cross-platform and BBM Channels. You can become a formidable OTT player with those
    3. Patents - there is still some value
    4. HW business - Run, you don't have a future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hoping for a better future

    Current Employee - Team Lead in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Blackberry offers competitive salary and benefits. Employees usually get to participate in Beta program for the next generation phones. Also there's friendly working environment and nice people to work with.

    Cons

    There could be long working hours and release schedules usually are very aggressive. Company is undergoing some tough time trying to turn around right now.

  3.  

    Great potential suqandered

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Immense pleasure to be able to ship your code to millions.

    Cons

    Lack of vision, outdated products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the rebuild.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company overall, poor personal experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Although 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 ManagementAdvice

    Cut 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.

  6.  

    BlackBerry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist
    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist

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

    Pros

    Great environment combined with a perfect work-life balance.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced and demanding work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Process 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Chaotic with lots of changes but ultimately a good ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Andover, MA

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the re-orgs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, risky future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    - unpredictable future
    - time to market

  10.  

    Good people striving for a comeback

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    NA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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