BlackBerry Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Inbred culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Level in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director Level in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BlackBerry is an exciting place to work and still somewhat iconic in Canada. The people there are as passionate about BB as any place I've ever worked.

    Cons

    Even with all the changes in the past few years, the culture is still broken. Anyone in a leadership role who has been there more than 8-10 years should be looked at as part of the problem, because there are still too many who aren't part of the solution. There is too much focus on short term achievement and not enough real leadership, despite the new top level that John Chen has brought in. In another couple years, if they keep cleaning house and focus on delivering what the customers want, it could be a good place to work. For now, stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Keep cleaning house and don't buy into the nonsense that the technology requires the 10-15 year service employees to operate. Many of them are responsible for the mess. Remember, "you cannot solve a problem from within the same consciousness that created the problem".

  2. Helpful (1)

    Worked in various product management and marketing postions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Smart people
    Desire to do the right thing for the customer
    Free coffee
    Nice facilities
    Free parking

    Cons

    Frequent changes in sen mgt
    Unsure of company direction
    No clear direction for the future
    Poor training facilities
    Decision making not documented

    Advice to Management

    Need to map clear direction for future

  3. Gained valuable work experience.

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    I started there as a student and stayed for 3 years to gain work experience.

    Cons

    Very limited career path. Compensation wasn't great.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance,
    good vacation package
    great people

    Cons

    atmopshere is not great, and needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    make better products that add value

  6. Helpful (1)

    No innovation, closed to new ideas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Digital HW Designer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    management need clear organization and great vision

  8. Helpful (1)

    Lack of Direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and great talent

    Cons

    Bad Environment, no future direction

    Advice to Management

    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

  9. Helpful (1)

    Career killer, but with potential.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Not the best place bright, young & ambitious engineers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineering in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineering in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Hire younger people there and turn the company culture around.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Disorganized organizational mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

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

    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

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