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BlackBerry Reviews in Ottawa, ON Canada

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.3 41 reviews

                             

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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Excellent place to work

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor for more than a year

ProsPeople are extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help. Pleasure to be a team member there!

ConsCompany instability, downsizing, future uncertainty

Advice to Senior ManagementDo non change the working environment, just get your act together with the market strategies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Too many silos

Developer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor for more than a year

ProsFast paced, high productivity, good experience and benefits

ConsOrganization is broken down into teams that compete with each other. Creates many conflicts and is not efficient when delivering a single product.

Tension between teams comes at a high cost. Working there requires a high stress tolerance.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of teams.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company in the past, may recover in the future.

Hardware Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

ProsIt has a good working environment with nice people and many resources, work/life balance is OK, compensation is good. Employee has some oppotunity to be involved in new technologies and improve.

ConsSometime the communication between groups is not good enough to carry out big projects. Management can be too conservitive/protective/political to take actions. Projects can be delayed/cancelled easily.

Advice to Senior ManagementOrganization structure is complex and not clear, thus less people is taking responsibilities. Maybe the new management can take responsibility/actions to turn it into a profitable/active organization.

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

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

I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern for less than a year

Prosgood environment and really great experience

Consquite good and really appreciate and friendly enviorment

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RF Designer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIt was pretty good as market.

ConsVisibility on the project updates were not clear enough

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Amazin Experience

Software Developer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

ProsLots to Learn, Good Salary

ConsPeople are frustrated to see the company go down

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep pushing!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointing experience at a place that used to be great

Software Tester (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

ProsGreat benefits but not much more than that

ConsLast couple of years were painful.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and transparent

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

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Despite doubts about the company's future, still a good employer.

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

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

ProsBlackBerry's compensation and benefits are very good, and the free company phone is a great perk. There's still a lot of talented people working here. There are many different teams, so there's a lot of potential to move around if you get bored.

ConsThere's a lot of uncertainty about the company's future. A lot of talented folks are actively seeking other opportunities. Too much management - BlackBerry's org chart is fat with middle managers who shirk accountability for decisions/mistakes but are quick to take credit for successes. Seems difficult to get promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementWe really need to sort out issues with morale - we need to work on retaining our talent. We also need to turn around the public's perceptions of us. We've got a lot of work ahead of us, but I believe we can succeed!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Too short to really have a balanced view.

Senior Technical Writer (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

ProsLots of process and training for us all.

ConsLots of process which stifles biz ops.

Advice to Senior ManagementJump ship and make way for new people with new ideas.

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good

Project Coordinator (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I have been working at BlackBerry as a contractor for less than a year

Prosthe job offers flexibility and has a decent culture

Consdownsizing reduced workload and affected work moral

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