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BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
1,151 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst managers

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    None. This is a bad place to work.

    Cons

    Managers are inept and just looking after themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the management aand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good leadership - treading water on a personal level

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    Current Employee - Program Management in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Management in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Stabilizing portfolio - strong CEO and business unit head for software.
    Salary remains ok. Work-life remains ok.

    Cons

    No succession planning or leadership program - no growth path.
    Remote executives make building up the necessary political capital for career growth yet another 2-3 year cycle in a series of reboots. Don't have the stamina to waste another few years being proactive and eager just to have the privilege of trying to be more valuable to the company in new ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to identify top performers and do something. What is the point of great yearly reviews that come with clear requests for more, if it's always going to be more of the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Developer

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

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

    Pros

    good work life balance,
    good vacation package
    great people

    Cons

    atmopshere is not great, and needs improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make better products that add value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sadly a shadow of its former self

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salaries haven't dropped. Benefits are more or less untouched.

    Cons

    Massive brain drain happening at both the manager and worker bee level. Extremely ineffective attempts at restructuring internally. Middle management that's left simply isn't up to the job of trying to effectively steer their bits of the company in the direction that upper management is looking for to revive the business. Serious communication issues abound.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you communicate your goals engage your workers...listen to their feedback to move the goals forward...give them the resources and support to do so. New policies and procedures won't save you...your workers will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company too bad about the market

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Lots of really smart people and exciting work. The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in. Some areas are great, others not so much. Same as any large employer.

    Cons

    You can have the greatest ideas and products in the world but if no one wants them...it doesn't really matter. The only knock I had when I was there was that a lot of the managers and directors while I"m sure they are very smart go there for taking up space and being in the right place at the right time. They didn't have experience outside of BlackBerry and so had very limited world knowledge or views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Latest management seems to get it - go back to your core and be a strong niche player. You don't need to compete with Apple etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very Good trainings and nice managers

    Cons

    Too lay back and relax

  8.  

    Very excited and challenging

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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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Innovation and new ideas. Initiatives and collaboration were sought always. Design and reviews are very well organized. Employees benefits are above average in the region.

    Cons

    Too many program/project managers. NPI took too long compared with peers and competitors. A lot of pressure during mass layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the management layers, team leaders, directors/senior directors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent experience

    Former Employee - Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and working hours

    Cons

    Usually stressful periods during the new release of devices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great managment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    BlackBerry, Back in Black.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    The people at BlackBerry are great. things are now improving after great turmoil

    Cons

    communication from Sr Management is not always clearly communicated down the ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up communications more. Open up some games rooms for the teams to relax in after work so that we can discuss our days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good learning experience considering the company struggles

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, always challenging and your employee peers are great.
    Salary and benefits are average and vacation is really good.

    Cons

    Worked here during a period of downsizing which meant little opportunity for advancement.
    Too many layers of management with little time to devote to employee development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication could be better. You can tell that they try, but sometimes messages are lost in the cascade.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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