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BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 80 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (less than an 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
  2. 1 person 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
  3.  

    Very Good!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Its a great company to work and good benefit.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    I'm incredibly proud to say that I worked for BlackBerry!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly talented engineers, dedicated project managers and gung-ho sales managers

    Cons

    Weighed down by very negative market perception

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, good product, lots of bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Exciting, 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your great talent and let ideas come, don't get bogged down in the bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    R&D needs to drive the company not Finance.

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

    Very Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automated Test Associate/Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Automated Test Associate/Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Efficient, Flexible, Good Environment, Benefits are good

    Cons

    No work from home and not good food available at cafeteria

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    On the rebound

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Platform Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Platform Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Loved working with such pragmatic leaders.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Escalation Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Escalation Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    BlackBerry 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on work/life balance more for employees to prevent burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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