BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
1,120 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 75 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 45 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 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent place to learn, limited growth, poor work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to learn new things
    Salary is pretty good
    Benefits are also good

    Cons

    Training (other than limited CBT) and travel were completely cut
    High stress
    Poor work-life balance
    Limited potential for promotion
    Too little attention on developing and keeping good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people can be awesome, so pay attention to them, help them feel like they are important, and fire all of the managers that have no clue how to be managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A company which is rediscovering its Core Competency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Talent in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Canadian:)
    Gold standard in Enterprise Security

    Cons

    Lost focus on Core Competency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    John Chen has the right approach and Strategy. Hire truly committed people who are not 'YES' men/women.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working at BlackBerry in Administration

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at BlackBerry. I was given the opportunity to expand my role to include Operations. There was great trust between me and my VP.

    Cons

    When it came to promotions and perks, the company would only consider what the engineers had done on specific projects and in general. Administrative staff salary upgrades were only considered on a yearly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management moves forward with the support of their Executive Assistants. We take the administrative load from your shoulders which allow you to dedicate more of your time to working with your technical teams. Treat your administrative staff with the same respect you treat your engineering staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place if you can deal with uncertainty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people who are good to work with. New CEO seems amazing. Good products if they can only get sold. Great innovators and still one of the best Canadian high tech firms.

    Cons

    Total uncertainty. Directions unclear, layoffs are a way of life, and culture of fear has been hard to get past. Challenging industry and are likely to see the squeeze between fad products like IOS and inexpensive product from Asia. Market perception seems down and Sales/Marketing group seem unable to change that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide staff with better direction, give them a sense of job security, and let them fail fast with support to improve New CEO is good. Hang on to him

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Every place has its ups and downs. BlackBerry was no different.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Advisor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great people, motivated teams, dynamic environment, lots of perks, flexibility was incredible. Good pay and good benefits. Employees felt 'cared' for from an organizational stand point (i.e. benefits,etc).

    Cons

    Politics... management had its ups and downs, disjointed, communication sometimes fell through the cracks, some areas valued more than others.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Okay Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work time and nice people to talk to

    Cons

    Need a detailed plans for daily task

    Recommends
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    awful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    5% company contributions to RRSP

    Cons

    Poor managers lacking social skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom-line is not most important, treating people with respect is more important

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Smart people, great products, immature corporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, flexibility, fun products

    Cons

    Poor management. Runaway spending in the glory days led to devastation over the past few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to talent and stop letting good people go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good people, but mediocracy was accepted.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Get to work on great products, good compensation, and allowed for a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Many people in management should not have been in their roles. Seemed like people were rewarded simply for being at the company for a number of years, not based on capabilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good and bad experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good teammates, serve the community.

    Cons

    company is going through restructuring. Don't feel safe there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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