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BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
1,088 Reviews

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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    In one sentence - unfulfilling.

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    Current Employee - Tester
    Current Employee - Tester

    Pros

    Benefits are good. If you find the right people there is potential to learn. Working hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Working from home is discouraged. Upper management is stifling lower workers with stupid rules and policies based on lack of trust. Salaries are NOT competitive despite what other reviews say - they mustn't know they're underpaid. No room for career growth unless you want to be a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start trusting your employees before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Co-op Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Pay is decent, I guess it's considered high for co-op, but as a non-tech student, I only felt it was okay. I do not know how salary is determined, it doesn't seem like there is a fair calculation process. I've known engineering students with the same amount of credits to either have a salary significantly higher than me (I'm talking about $1000+ a month here), or a bit lower than me. Neither of them have previous work experience.
    - Hours coming to work and leaving work is flexible. You could come any time between 8-9, and leave between 4-5.
    - If you are lucky enough to have a good team lead / manager, then your work term will be fantastic. But if you're not, prepared to be worked to the bone on mediocre work
    - The new CEO, John Chen, is wonderful. Both humorous yet extremely motivating

    Cons

    - You'll feel like a temporary, disposable being here. Training, even at zero cost, is not provided to students as BlackBerry prefers to train full-timers instead. Co-ops cannot take on, or even be a part of important projects. Only mediocre projects that doesn't affect the company whether they're done or not are given to co-ops.
    - Meaningless work is passed on to the co-ops as the full-timers just don't feel like doing it. 60% of my work comprised of cleaning up the storage room and help with shipments when that is nowhere near my job description. No one cares if you stay behind to do someone else's work, but they will care if the work is not done. Absolutely no appreciation whatsoever
    - Advancement is based on relationships rather than competence
    - Management will tell you they want you to enjoy your work term, and to tell them if you are not enjoying your work and they'll see what they can do. Well, DON'T. I did just that and got myself chewed out for not wanting to take on projects I am not enjoying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, but mediocracy was accepted.

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

    Pros

    Get to work on great products, good compensation, and allowed for a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Many people in management should not have been in their roles. Seemed like people were rewarded simply for being at the company for a number of years, not based on capabilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Direction

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    Current Employee - Systems Designer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and great talent

    Cons

    Bad Environment, no future direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please innovate or the company will continue its decline into the abyss
    Good technical and capable staff but its like everyone is being told to close their eyes and then follow the light

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good and bad experience.

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good teammates, serve the community.

    Cons

    company is going through restructuring. Don't feel safe there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity to learn!

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

    Pros

    - opportunity to be creative and learn
    - great co-workers
    - creative solutions
    - dedicated
    - great comp package

    Cons

    - Volatility of organization
    - public spotlight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    First 5 years were great, last two years were nearly unbearable.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    - Provided lots of diverse experience in wireless handset design, manufacturing, software development, and too much more to list.
    - Hands off management style (when things were going well). Self motivated, innovative employees thrive under hands off management.

    Cons

    - Hands off management style (When things were going poorly) Hands off management style turns out to just be another way of saying no managment. When things got rough and the morale started to drop all employees started looking to the upper management and they simply weren't there
    - The layoffs for the hardware groups have been drawn out over the last two years and are still going on :( Really hard to get any useful work out of a group in that situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of managers, directors and VPs that are simply collecting a paycheck. Management hierarchy needs to be reduced substantially.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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)

    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
  11.  

    test engineer

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Test Engineer

    Pros

    any thing you can be done if you have an idea

    Cons

    not well organized and lots of waste and duplicate of works

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to clearly define job responsibility

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