BlackBerry Reviews in Mississauga, ON

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 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 36 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Testing Specialist  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Testing Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for with many talented employees.

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • 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 for 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.  

    Pretty good for a workplace

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    • 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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career killer, but with potential.

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Developer  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Despite media constant bashing, it BBRY was innovative.

    Cons

    Halting multiple projects mid way through hurts morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like professionals- always.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good people trying hard to make change

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, great salary, great opportunity if you wanted

    Cons

    Lots of negative public perceptions bringing down employee morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized organizational mess

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern for less than a year

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, some amazing tech people

    Cons

    Sometimes the management decisions were not properly thought out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice people, nice work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    not much pressure, people are nice

    Cons

    company not stable right now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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