BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 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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    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 for less than a 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3. 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 for 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
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  5. 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 for less than a 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
  6. 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 for less than a 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
  7. 1 person 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 for more than a 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 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 for 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad experience

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

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

    Pros

    Decent 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;

    Cons

    By 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very messy company

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

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

    Pros

    Fun 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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Read the above and do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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