BlackBerry
3.4 of 5 959 reviews
www.blackberry.com Waterloo, Canada 5000+ Employees

BlackBerry Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.4 959 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(82 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume"
    in 61 reviews
  • "Flexible working hours, open working culture - able to voice your opinions even it might conflict with your boss"
    in 36 reviews
Cons:
  • "Uncertain and unstable future, more than satisfactory work-life balance"
    in 23 reviews
  • "Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory"
    in 34 reviews
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No clear direction, too many blinders on, company doesn't know how to make it in today's fast paced world

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPeople in charge that have no business being labeled as "leaders." Lots of politics. In general, compensation good, benefits decent. vacation good.

ConsUpper management really didnt have the experience, though they could talk a good game. When leadership came from an operations background, all they know is streamline. Innovation is not in their DNA.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the blinders off, get some real innovation relative to the world around you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company is doing massive layoffs

Corporate Security (Former Employee)

I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere are some talented individuals at the company. They hire the right people for the job about 80% of the time.

ConsThere aren't many chances to grow internally. The company does not retain its top talent. The company did not do a good job of marketing its products which lead to layoffs. There are teams that aren't willing to work with other teams to collaborate.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good

BB Architect (Former Employee)
Sunrise, FL

I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

ProsBlackberry has competitive salaries with good benefits.
The company has many high-tech positions and the work is at a very high technical level in the field of cell phone design.

ConsThe company is in a very shaky financial state therefore the job security is very low.
Very poor leadership by the company high level management team.

Advice to Senior ManagementDefine a clear business direction and technology goals.
Understand what you can execute at high level with the recourses you have and don’t spread the company on many things.
Stay focus on the technology goals and make sure the company has the same focus.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Was a great experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BlackBerry

ProsExciting products while I was there - still great devices but too late and little or no marketing

ConsManagement slow to acknowledge market share slipping.

Advice to Senior ManagementSad how the company slid - needed to react much more quickly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Interesting!

HW Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsUsed to have good salary.
Used to have fun projects.

ConsGoing down hill. Fast. Bye

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out whats happening

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall good experience

Software Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people, great working atmosphere, working on some cool, albeit older challenges. Interesting challenges when it comes to problems of scaling.

ConsSlow to implement suggested changes.

Advice to Senior ManagementDefend your people, not your own selves.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company and I dont regret taking a chance on it.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

Prosbenefits, laid back, PTO, 401k,

ConsNo training or room for growth

Advice to Senior Managementmake room for advancement

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BlackBerry

Prosinnovative
Great team work environment
flexible schedule
very competitive salary

ConsMarketing team is killing the company

Advice to Senior ManagementMarketing team is killing the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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GReat Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

Pros- Good Working Culture
- Good incentives

Cons- Management is not pro-active
- Company Vision
- No innovation drive
- Delayed decisions

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits; Good company to work for till profits started to slide off

ConsLack of innovation to survive in current consumer electronics market.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed good leadership; Leaders needs to work on their vision;

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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