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BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON Canada

Updated Jun 19, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 459 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(56 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Great people, good product, lots of bureaucracy

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

    ProsExciting, fast paced and interesting place to work. The people are great, the employees are treated pretty well. Compensation is competitive and Waterloo is a good place to live. Very supportive of new ideas.

    ConsLayoffs take a toll on employees and they are losing some great talent. Lots of Bureaucracy which hampers innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your great talent and let ideas come, don't get bogged down in the bureaucracy

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

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    Amazing

    Indirect Corporate Procurement (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsThe pace of the work environment was dynamic, fluid, Exciting, exhilrating.

    ConsThe leadership, lacking vision, direction, and insight into the marketplace. Too many leaders contaminated the organization. Legal Division killed the business groups, tied their hands and stalled the business from getting to market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementR&D needs to drive the company not Finance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Good

    Automated Test Associate/Developer (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsEfficient, Flexible, Good Environment, Benefits are good

    ConsNo work from home and not good food available at cafeteria

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    On the rebound

    Platform Specialist (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsA great environment where employees are encouraged to take risks, and develop new technologies. Direction from management is typically "We need to accomplish this - figure out how to do it, do it, then report back to me". Independent thinking is encouraged.

    Many great employees - smart, and good to work with.

    ConsSome of the longer serving employees have a negative, defeatist attitude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage the employees - they have a lot of ideas to offer.

    Keep up the good work - there's been a marked improvement since John Chen came aboard

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

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    Loved working with such pragmatic leaders.

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

    ProsIt was a great place to work with lots of room to grow and expand my career. Was very good to me as an employee.

    ConsBlackBerry has certainly changed since I worked there. Such a difficult transition they've been through with the change in leadership and direction of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on work/life balance more for employees to prevent burn out.

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

     

    IT Warehouse Assistant, Consultant, Technician – A year contract

    IT Warehouse Assistant, Consultant, Technician (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsI loved, and still do, working with people, computers, making sure all my customers were satisfied, that way, I got the satisfaction for myself as well. I love when something is broken and I fix it, it is a good feeling. :-)

    ConsI love always learning new things, seeing/meeting/talking with new people, helps me think quicker, helps with communication and deal with people easier. The job I had was a year contract, so no benefits, no compensations either. I loved the challenge of the fast paced environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have any, for my bosses were perfect, all of them I have worked with so far.

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    Amazing! I was on of the lucky individual to work at this company in its infancy.

    Web Specialist (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsCutting edge technology, lots of brilliant and motivated individuals to work with.

    ConsPromoting from outside the company. Hiring and facilitating weekly travel to people who live thousands of km's away

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote those passionate about the company, ignore those looking to make a name for themselves and looking for a quick cash grab.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great working environment

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat work-life balance, good compensation, energetic environment

    ConsLot more Silos, decision making too slow

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This is the outstanding place. Atmosphere, environment, people, management (except, probably upper management)

    Information Security Analyst (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsEverything! People, environment, technology.
    There is a great opportunity for working from home. I have been working from home for 3+ years.

    ConsSalary could be little bit higher and benefits could be little bit better. Also benefits can be little bit better. But all these things I compare with Oil&Gas industry where I am right now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Prosvery helping and motivating person awesome personality

    Consno negeative things only positive attitude

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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