BlackBerry
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www.blackberry.com Waterloo, Canada 5000+ Employees

BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON Canada

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.4 418 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(35 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Challenging and innovative

Software Quality Assurance Specialist (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern for more than a year

ProsPersonal growth, flexible schedule, good pay

ConsInstability , long working hours, informal practices

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter HR communication

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great people

Cloaking Enabled (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry part-time for more than a year

Prosexcellent the people are great and the support is always top notch. the perks are great and you get to learn some cool stuff and technology

Consdistance from my home is a challenge as i live in the gta. i would have loved to move to waterloo as it would make my commute much easier

Advice to Senior Managementaward based on merit

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineering at RIM

Senior Software Developer (Current Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

Pros-Still some very bright people working at the company
-Engineers are motived and work hard to succeed in their tasks
-People want the company to succeed and work hard to achieve their goals
-Engineers are well compensated (much higher than the average for the area)
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Cons-The company does not innovate and they have no plans to innovate
-There is very little work/life balance. It's all about work
-There is no budget for training and also no time to train
-You end up working long hours, because half your team was laid off or quit from burnout

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 new dawn is coming.

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

I worked at BlackBerry full-time

ProsAmazingly talented workforce. Workplace is friendly. Good salary and benefits. Have made and continues to make a positive difference to the life of the end customers.

ConsAs seen in the news, in the midst of large restructuring and downsizing.

Advice to Senior ManagementDraw on the versatile doers. There is a lot of experience in the workforce.

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Great Place to Work!

Human Resources (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people, awesome work culture, great work/life balance, amazing benefits. Under normal circumstances, I'll recommend to friends...

ConsThe restructuring and recent layoffs, the silos

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more strategic with marketing and adverts

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Challenges Unlimited!

Applications Developer (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

ProsChallenging work, great environment, get to socialize with other co ops, great pay package

ConsCan be a little too stressful at times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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AMAZING PLACE TO WORK AT

Network Engineer (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

Prosgreat place to work for, limitless opportunities, great experience, great people all around you

Conspoor upper management, some decisions that were made cost the company huge, information was always kept a secret between teams

Advice to Senior Managementbe more open with everyone around plans

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company but not in good position

Software Tester (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

ProsVery good learning environment. Interview process is hard for technical positions and they have really good environment.

ConsThe training is not enough for new employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain new students with one on one approach.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I initially loved it but company morale changed my mind

Project Coordinator (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

Pros- Initially, great culture, people, and work.
- Ideas were easily vocalized

Cons- Company morale during summer of 2013

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Long time Sales & Marketing manager

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 10 years

ProsPay was exceptional. Very friendly and collaborative environment. When things were focused, there was amazing opportunity to really work hard and contribute. Previously good opportunities to try other roles out without necessarily having 100% of the qualifications.

ConsUndergoing a major re-organization and very unstable environment. Many promotions were based on "old boys club" and who you knew/how long you'd been there, not necessarily success and achievement. Experienced leadership was very lacking. Performance reviews were a joke in terms of actually reflecting performance and moving a person through development. Little accountability. No single person can make a "yes" decision but one dissenter, regardless of position or authority can stop something. Tendency to say "no" first instead of trying to find a way to do something that could make a difference.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire or train directors and above in people management and leadership. Focus on real accountability and rewarding success.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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