BlackBerry
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BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON Canada

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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80% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(51 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lack of Direction

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

    ProsGood Benefits and great talent

    ConsBad Environment, no future direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Career killer, but with potential.

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the best place bright, young & ambitious engineers

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

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementHire younger people there and turn the company culture around.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disorganized organizational mess

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

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

    ConsMoved 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

    ConsConstant 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 Senior ManagementAccept 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    tiring

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

    Proscool tech, lots to do, good people

    Conspolitcal minefield. no solid direction, inexperienced first line management

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    Constant redundancies, uncertainty and chaos.

    Director (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    ConsPoor leadership at senior levels

    Advice to Senior ManagementStabilize the company quickly and re-engage what is left of your workforce.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad experience

    Software Tool Developer (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsDecent salary in Canada-wise; Good co-op community which organize even quite often even though I didn't participate; Some of their engineers are really smart people and you can learn a lot;

    ConsBy the time I worked there there are laid-off from time to time. So everyone had no idea what would happened tomorrow and they didn't quite care about the interns. Most of the time I was like keep asking things to do and they were busy with themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't know. Blackberry is no longer its prime and it's pretty much still going downhill. Manage a big company is hard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A very messy company

    Financial Planning and Analysis (Current Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsFun products
    Pays well if you're a good negotiater
    The fact that it's completely disorganised gives flexibility in your work
    If you're a slacker you can get away with doing nothing as long as you are a good talker

    ConsThe company is completely disorganised. All decisions, big or small are taken in the HQ in Canada. The decision process is incredibly long and taken by people that has no idea about the reality in the regions. The regions has no authority at all. Sales and marketing is so disorganised that it has become dysfunctional. The launch of BB10 was a disaster and when sales didn't pick-up, HQ decided to cut all budgets which made sales even worse. Since the company is so disorganised lots of people is just sitting around doing nothing which is dragging the company even further down. The finance function is a mess and there is no clear mandate and responsibility split between accounting and FP&A. There is no trust between colleagues. The management for FP&A is very weak and hasn't been able to create any mandate for the department which has left FP&A swimming in the dark. FP&A need a management who dares to challenge the organisations and define a clear mandate for the department and who understand the business (current management is completely detached from what's going on in the regions). In numerous occasions accounting and FP&A take on the same tasks which is a complete waste of resources. The company doesn't value team-work, individual performance is the only thing that counts even if it's achieved by stepping on your colleagues or reports. People are measured on what they say rather on what they do. Stay away from this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead the above and do something about it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sad decline...

    SAP Basis (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsVery nice challenging work environment as part of the best SAP Team I have worked for so far.

    ConsIt very was descouraging to see BlackBerry sliding for the last 6 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop Managements decisions were wrong or took forever to implement to the point that sometimes it was 'too little too late'.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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