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BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 76 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 26 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good memory and experience at RIM/BlackBerry

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good culture, talent people and excellent salary and benefit.

    Cons

    Most of the employees were lost when the company experiencing restructure. There were not lots products under development and no clear direction the company would go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need top management's envision and strategic planning/deployment to save the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    in the downsizing mode for a long time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    If you are a core member of your manager, you can do nothing while earn big money.

    Cons

    if you are not a core member of your manger, then you work like a labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good salary, lots of opportunities to learn new things, but too Waterloo-centric and lacked innovation.

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    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Despite the current sentiment of the company, working at RIM/BlackBerry was always a conversation starter, benefits were good, salary was good, generally good people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, lack of direction, lack of decision making, too top heavy, upward movement was difficult to attain, too Waterloo-centric (leading back to lack of innovation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the opposite of what was done between 2010 and 2013, move the headquarters to (or hire more in) Toronto or Silicon Valley, reduce the number of middle-aged, rural-based developers trying to make product decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tought Times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Evolving technology and desire to innovate is coming back

    Cons

    Culture and atmosphere is on the downturn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear direction and communication cross functionally could be greatly improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    could have been great..

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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

    low cost of living. relatively young staff. reasonably fun environment. tried to treat employees nicely/fairly

    Cons

    so many silos, no promotion, no respect for seniority or industry expertize, no sense of priorities, strategic failures left/right

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your people... fire most of the exec!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Design Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Challenging, they give you real responsibilities and expect great results, great opportunity to learn and grow as a young professional. Great starting salaries.

    Cons

    Not the best culture, no mentorship, projects are usually decided by non designers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    software developer review of blackberry

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good training opportunity.
    competitive salary.

    Cons

    management is chaos.
    connection between groups are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better to improve the management

  9.  

    Salary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Fair and equatable but in par with the industry

    Cons

    Minimal growth opportunities across all functional groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to consider compensating high performance employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Heck of a journey

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    Current Employee - BBM Tester
    Current Employee - BBM Tester

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ample opportunities to learn but you have to initiate on every level. If you have the gumption to go out and ask questions OR pick up a device and load the latest software and put serious time against it to figure out what is happening behind the scenes then you will begin to understand the magnitude of projects that you can involve yourself in.

    The company has good benefits, gives you a mobile device, allows you to use it personally (although I never felt very comfortable with that policy).

    Cons

    To me, it isn't a company. It's a place with a name that had some history and meant something once.

    I sound like the media but actually my issue isn't with the technical side of the place - I think technically speaking it was and is a sound place.

    My issue is with how people are treated there today. The people who should be ambassadors of BlackBerry but who clearly are not. The people who build the character and culture of the place which is at the lowest point that I have ever witnessed.

    The people who get things done, sometimes as a team and all too frequently as individuals and the people who have been left unchecked - literally dozens of people whose output is questionable or at best extremely well hidden because I have never seen any deliverable from them for literally months and months on end but who consistently disrupt meetings.

    The people who allow the difficult things to remain difficult - a director in development, a manager in testing, team members who don't communicate, non-existent project managers, VPs who allocate the wrong people to projects time and again .

    The people who accept that "things may be terrible but sometimes there's nothing more that can be done except to leave" - someone in HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get up out of your chair, get out of the airport, get off the conference call, put on some good walking shoes and walk around the company buildings. Listen and look and watch how things are going on inside the place.

    I dare you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    BlackBerry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Professional company, high tech, it's a well - known brand

    Cons

    They could be going out of business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to update workplace culture to that of Silicon Valley

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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