BlackBerry Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
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  1. Okay experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Team members are very friendly and are always ready to help
    Internal dev tools help a lot
    Nice looking building...

    Cons

    No cafeteria, have to eat in your own cube if you bring your own lunch
    People around don't seem passionate about what they are working on...

    Advice to Management

    I really have nothing to say (you may know what I mean)

  2. As an intern, you are treated like a full-time employee in terms of workload.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Testing Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Testing Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Office culture is very friendly
    2) Very flexible in terms of working hours

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    You are doing great

  3. Great company to work for with many talented employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great base salary, benefits and perks. Fantastic opportunity to be exposed with high-end technologies and infrastructure.

    Cons

    It took a long time for the company to get back on track again and too many amazing employees were lost when the company went through restructuring.

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Career killer, but with potential.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides comfortable working environment. It still has some great people left. Global company with many locations and "good" reputation.

    Cons

    Career killer. My carrier and professional networking slowed to a crawl. There is no hi-tech culture/ feeling in the company. The management did not have a good handle on what is going on in the company. Maybe it will change now.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Develop them and keep them challenged. Improve your perks. Create a hi-tech culture.

  7. Pretty good for a workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility is embedded into the culture
    Despite the company having grown so much, that part of the culture still remains
    But this depends on the job function too.

    Cons

    Market conditions, bad media and layoffs do affect morale

    Advice to Management

    I think there has been a lot less politics this year and much clearer focus towards the future.

  8. Good opportunities to learn new things and being able work with great people made this great experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Despite media constant bashing, it BBRY was innovative.

    Cons

    Halting multiple projects mid way through hurts morale.

    Advice to Management

    Act like professionals- always.

  9. Good people trying hard to make change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great salary, great opportunity if you wanted

    Cons

    Lots of negative public perceptions bringing down employee morale

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the layers of management and start cutting from the top not the bottom

  10. Helpful (1)

    Disorganized organizational mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many different locations to use from
    A free phone to use
    Ice cream in the summer

    Cons

    Moved around since the company was reorganizing people
    Difficult to make suggestions to management
    Given the worst phone to use and didn't even have a texting plan
    No maternity leave

  11. It was great experience working with technical people and not so much with some of the management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, some amazing tech people

    Cons

    Sometimes the management decisions were not properly thought out

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to contribute to open source technologies and use it openly on the phones. Inventing the wheel via in-house development was not such a good idea.

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