BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 74 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 44 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 37 reviews)

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    N/A

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    perks, leadership, training, good, bad

    Cons

    good, bad, life balance, office culture, compensation

  2.  

    Great team, variety of work, bad decision at top level management

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

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

    Pros

    Best in class benefits and compensation, fun team-building events, great variety of challenging projects and amazing team atmosphere.

    Compensation package after the layoff last year was above expectations. This company really takes care of its employees - even when it lets them go.

    Cons

    Manufacturing Software Development is "guilty until proven otherwise" - even though the cause may be in a difference department. Whenever there is a problem in production - Mfg Software Dev gets the blame and has through the cycle of clearing its name.

    Some of the decisions in top level management caused company to lose fight against iPhone and Samsung - resulting in huge layoffs last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better marketing. The product BlackBerry makes is the best in class - but few people know that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Flexible Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Smart people to work with made for a great environment.
    - Great learning experience. Learned more in 5 years there than any other job.
    - Autonomy was key, and appreciated.
    - Everyone was driving toward the same goal, which made the team, a team.

    Cons

    - Communication was difficult throughout a highly matrixed organization
    - R&D lead company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work. Enjoyed every minute of it.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Benefits, salary and work culture. Chance to work with the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Some of the employees in senior positions are "oldies" who don't have leadership quality but are there because they joined the company early on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    BlackBerry Security - A great place to work and learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    A great leadership team
    Market leading security researchers and product managers
    Lots of opportunities to work with security-sensitive clients

    Cons

    work-life balance may be tough
    The overall situation with the company didn't help in improving the morale of the teams. Job security was an issue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience but VP's are frustrating to work for

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits
    Exciting opportunities

    Cons

    Frustrating to work for many of the VP's there
    The HR department is a joke they just hire and fire. There is no development structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get alignment from top to bottom. Most of the VP's are terrible and there are too many of them
    The entire HR team needs to have a career development program. The terrible courses they make available is a joke.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    overall, pretty good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    good team, learned a lot from the job

    Cons

    company is sinking, lay off for the team

  9.  

    Challenging, exciting, and rewarding, if you can handle the pressure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn new things.
    Very bright people, both in technical and non technical roles.
    Very hard working people who are committed to getting the job done.
    Most recent management changes are having a positive impact.
    The pay is very competitive, especially in the Waterloo region

    Cons

    The environment can be very stressful, so you need to be a resilient character
    There are/were many people who are burned out, and bring a more poisoned attitude to teams based on old problems that have been genuinely addressed by new management
    Consumer electronics in general is an exceptionally fast paced environment, and isn't for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck, and keep up the positive changes!
    Be mindful of the problems and concerns of the remaining employees. They want something to believe in, and can be saved, but many of them are more than a little jaded by this point.
    Trust and nurture your employees. Previous management hasn't always done this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I had fun there

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of co-op friends there.

    Cons

    Winter is so cood than i imagined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers, trainning more for coops

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Developer Intern for BlackBerry

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    Former Employee - Radio Software Developer, in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Radio Software Developer, in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Actually got to program on the product
    -Understand technology space
    -Work with motivated people
    -Paid well relative to other internships in Ontario

    Cons

    -No obvious career path into management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Hire co-op students as they finish their internship like other tech companies do, or they'll leave to other tech companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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