BlackBerry Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Lived through layoffs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional team. Hard-working individuals, very knowledgeable and professional. Director was extremely supportive; encouraged staff to get training and attend conferences.

    Cons

    Hired too aggressively when everything was going well and went through a lot of rounds of layoffs with the uncertainty and stress that creates. Same communication issues as in other companies

    Advice to Management

    People make your company: take better care of them.


  2. coop

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good platform, smart people and flexible working time

    Cons

    Bad workflow and quality control

    Advice to Management

    Non


  3. Good work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Tools Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Tools Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment with flexible hours, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    The depressing feeling when you see someone losing their job, and the company shrinking


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  5. Used to be a good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be a relaxed environment to work. Great teams and people. Lots of ideas and good projects.

    Cons

    Layoffs always loom around. It gets tense and affects people's focus. Teams don't usually work well together. Middle management are not good people managers.


  6. An older tech company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with a small tight knit team on a specific project was cool. I was able to make a significant impact on the products I was working on.

    Cons

    At times the work restricted the creative ability of the developer to really help with ideas behind implementation, there was often a bunch of red tape and overhead associated with even the simplest of tasks.


  7. Good place to work, but be prepared for layoffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with good people on a range of interesting projects. Positive feeling about the future despite current struggles and ongoing layoffs. Good severance package, including outplacement service.

    Cons

    No longer have on-site store -- employee discount on products doesn't help much when you have to pay $10 shipping on a $7 cable. You need to be prepared for the possibility of being laid off. Having an emergency fund is a must.


  8. Had a good experience despite the company's hardships

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My peers were very talented and knowledgeable. I learned a lot while I was there and there was good opportunity to network.

    Cons

    The overall culture was suffering at the time that I was there due to many hardships that the company faced. There were constantly changes being made that had serious impacts on the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your place in the market and play to that


  9. Good Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Freelancer - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than a year)

    Pros

    So many smart people to learn from over there. They know so much about security. Excellent place to develop as a developer as there is plenty growth ptoential.

    Cons

    Too beuratic. A lot of bottlenecks and everyone tries to cover their selves most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the developer and making sure they are happy. Morale really affects creativity and the less you have then the crappier thr product you release.


  10. Principal Systems Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    High salaries, fast paced, good benefits and RRSP matching

    Cons

    constant re-organization, in the midst of a turnaround, sometimes erratic strategic decision-making by leadership


  11. Product Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy to submit requirements and work with development teams without formal process reviews. $ is comparable to the industry

    Cons

    Far too many to write down. Poor management, no coherency between departments, managers are after their severance packages, no motivation or inspiration, little growth, promotions only at management level.



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