BlackBerry Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. 3 years at BlackBerry and loved it

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    BlackBerry encouraged growth and development. I was given one on one coaching with an assigned mentor/manager on a weekly basis. The people were enthusiastic and mostly motivated to grow in their career.

    Cons

    Dealing with multiple systems which were not well integrated, which made it hard to report or get information on a timely basis,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee motivation is key during hard times, so anything to boost morale would help in bringing the people together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. A high paced interactive team-oriented environment that kept employees happy and motivated.

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The people. The competitive benefits. The work itself and satisfaction associated with contributing to a greatly loved Canadian product and service.

    Cons

    Large organization, some processes took too long and were not efficient, although I hear this has improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's all new management. No advice to give yet, till I maybe work there again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Best place to work

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst - Co-op in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst - Co-op in Cambridge, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everything thing is good about this company and the work environment. You do good - you get appreciation. You having hard time - you will be helped. Good people.

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons... Sorry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Project Coordinator

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    Former Intern - Project Coordinator Co-op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Project Coordinator Co-op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Awesome projects, especially for an internship
    - Great support from full time employees and other interns
    - great intern salary
    - flexible hours

    Cons

    - as an intern, no benefits, gym memberships, etc.
    - nothing else!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. The Encrypted Future of mobile Technology

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    Former Employee - SMT Operator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - SMT Operator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Gets hands on the use and development of the best of the technologies available
    - Get hands on experience with the modules of SAP, if you are kind of super user
    - Understand how the network works, especially for the network geeks and understand the potential security holes.

    Cons

    - The policy implementation should be happening at the grass root level as well as up the ladder...togather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need competent people, with a sense of responsibility towards their work.
    -should motivate those, who come forward with major policy solutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. excellent company to work at

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    Former Employee - Process Compliance Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Compliance Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    friendly environment, best benefits and excellent salary.

    Cons

    too many changes in 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire laid off staff. People loved to work there including me. We were very loyal employees to BlackBerry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great place to work

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    Former Intern - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    salary, work-life balance, people. It was a great place to work as an intern or new grad, lots of young people and a great vibe in the company.

    Cons

    lack of direction, legal department. Anything we did had to go through the legal department so it was very difficult to get things done at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Talented People who are burned out from purges

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    After all the purges, the people who are left are extremely talented and willing to embrace change to make BlackBerry succeed. It was a pleasure working with all of them and I have the feeling that I will not have the opportunity to work with such talented, intelligent people again; it truly seemed like a rare thing.

    Cons

    People are anxious and burned out after 3 years of purges and there are no opportunities for advancement given the current climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your talent and find ways to reward people so they stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Very Good!

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    Former Intern - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very fun, relaxed culture. Everyone knows how to have a good time while getting their work done at the same time. Everyone is very helpful and dedicated to bring success to the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is very quiet at BlackBerry. Most people are too caught up at work that sometimes you don't talk to a single person the entire day. You may be too busy coding all day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Its a great company to work and good benefit.

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    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are creative, share ideas and help each other when you needed.

    Cons

    Depending on the department that you work with..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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