BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst career decision of my life - think very carefully before joining

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Individual to BE Undermined  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Individual to BE Undermined in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Salary but even this doesn't cover the amount of mental abuse dished out by management
    You can keep your own working hours as management doesn't care

    Cons

    Silo mentality
    Behind the device development curve of competitors
    Undermining constantly of employees and performace
    No interest in employee well being
    Old guard still in place there are some very decisive characters internally who need to be replaced
    Many HQ based employees have little or no international exposure
    Lofty and deluded management expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees
    Get rid of the old guard
    Devel products consumers want

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent executive management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain and Manufacturing Program Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain and Manufacturing Program Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good salary if you are not supposed to commute as I did for a while

    Cons

    You are to watch your back and play it smart moreover if you are part of a male group as they'll do what it takes to push you out. Stabbing is an art in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late for advice, the boat just floats..

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

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good reputation
    Good benefit
    A lot of resources(technologies) you can use/learn

    Cons

    Extreme bad company culture
    Managers are non-professional
    No vision
    Rude people/manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a wireless company, please hire more wireless professional instead of non-qualified people. Think big instead of bold. Be bold will only bring you to dead if you don't have a strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The group that I worked with got along really well and worked cohesively as a team very well. The work was interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    The company has had some disastrous quarterly financial results over the past few years. They are still in the midst of reducing headcount by 40%. The place is just too unstable to seriously consider working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than satisfactory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues in the same miserable boat

    Cons

    HR - don't get me started.
    Executive management - ever heard of fiefdoms?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now as the company has already tanked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get out fast!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of smart people. Lots of motivated people. Lots of loyal people.

    Cons

    Same old group of boys club that runs the company, with little real world experience and tunnel vision that is running company into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have new CEO, hopefully he sees the problems and changes the sr/middle management. Needs to be done ASAP before we run out of money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Support Specialist

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    Former Employee - Software  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Pay package. One gets to learn a lot of new systems used in a development environment.

    Cons

    Rotten team lead and very bureaucratic organization. One needs to be great at playing politics to get along fine. Work ethics and domain knowledge does not matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a 90-10 principle. Only 10% people do the job. Rest 90% bask in their glory and take credit for it. Team leads are no exception.

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

    Great Place to Work... NOT!

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None. If I could rate it zero I would.

    Cons

    These "Great Place To Work" reviews seem very phony to me; absolutely ridiculous! How can anyone say it's a great place to work when no one knows who will be laid-off next? A complete mess created by "yes" people in mis-management. I could see this train wreck coming a mile off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management created a toxic atmosphere of non-respect and extreme backstabbing. The Execs consistently looked they other way. It was a Machiavellian work environment until it finally destroyed them. Absolutely no "team" philosophy here. Work you 24/7 and constantly crapped on by management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Below par CEO = bankrupt company

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    Former Employee - Director of Manufacturing  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director of Manufacturing in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Currently none. Was a great place to work 4-5 years ago.

    Cons

    Extremely short sighted board of directors brought in a sub par CEO whose claim to fame was the "turnround" of a small division within Seimens which was ultimately sold off at a loss. The company needed an innovative leader instead of this German moron to turn things around or better yet should have sold itself to Microsoft or Google before each bought Nokia and Motorola respectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying a private jet for $20 million amidst record losses and be a laughing stock. Fire the CEO w/o golden parachute. Sell the company asap to someone who has money and resources to turn this zombie around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's disappointing company

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    pay is ok, good enough for survive

    Cons

    this is a place full of messy, no one really can focus on work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change them all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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