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BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 80 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 27 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 37 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Developer

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

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

    Pros

    good work life balance,
    good vacation package
    great people

    Cons

    atmopshere is not great, and needs improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make better products that add value

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

    No innovation, closed to new ideas

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a good paying job and the office culture was something to strive for in other jobs. Great coworkers, its a shame that their talent is wasted on a dead company.

    Cons

    No one would listen to any ideas even though the department in charge of ideas would bring up several new ideas that were viable for development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Digital HW Designer

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    Former Employee - Digital HW Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Digital HW Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Big company, clear process, clear work assignment, good product, good equipment, no big pressure, flexible working time, international company

    Cons

    low efficient, too many management layers, too many design centres in global which include hardware design, deliver product always delay, top leader no vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management need clear organization and great vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Direction

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    Current Employee - Systems Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and great talent

    Cons

    Bad Environment, no future direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please innovate or the company will continue its decline into the abyss
    Good technical and capable staff but its like everyone is being told to close their eyes and then follow the light

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

    Career killer, but with potential.

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

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

    Pros

    The company provides comfortable working environment. It still has some great people left. Global company with many locations and "good" reputation.

    Cons

    Career killer. My carrier and professional networking slowed to a crawl. There is no hi-tech culture/ feeling in the company. The management did not have a good handle on what is going on in the company. Maybe it will change now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Develop them and keep them challenged. Improve your perks. Create a hi-tech culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place bright, young & ambitious engineers

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineering in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineering in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were smart engineers at the company when I worked there. But there was also a massive brain drain to companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple. Really look into who would be on your team & interview them before accepting a position there.

    Cons

    The entire company is very risk averse & not open to new ideas. There is a lot of red tape & bureaucracy that limits the work being done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire younger people there and turn the company culture around.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized organizational mess

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many different locations to use from
    A free phone to use
    Ice cream in the summer

    Cons

    Moved around since the company was reorganizing people
    Difficult to make suggestions to management
    Given the worst phone to use and didn't even have a texting plan
    No maternity leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Putting out little fires in my small role did not help ease the big one coming in.

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

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

    Pros

    Resilient coworkers humbled by the fall from fame over the past few years who are still motivated to keep working.

    Cons

    Constant pressure to perform, reduced incentives for employees to perform well, lack of faith in senior management focus and execution, bleeding key talent, poor integration of QNX company within BlackBerry that is still hurting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept that Android has won the consumer smartphone market. Shift to where the Internet of everything is moving towards the "smart" home and be the first player to enter into this space using your remaining brand credibility of security and communications. Make use of QNX with their established base of car software integration systems and push those into intelligent homes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    tiring

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    Current Employee - Service Engineer Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Service Engineer Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    cool tech, lots to do, good people

    Cons

    politcal minefield. no solid direction, inexperienced first line management

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant redundancies, uncertainty and chaos.

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    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good Engineers and employees. Lots of dedicated people at lower levels.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at senior levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the company quickly and re-engage what is left of your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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