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BlackBerry Reviews in Ottawa, ON

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
1,152 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 80 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and working hours

    Cons

    Usually stressful periods during the new release of devices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great managment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good leadership - treading water on a personal level

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Management in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Program Management in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Stabilizing portfolio - strong CEO and business unit head for software.
    Salary remains ok. Work-life remains ok.

    Cons

    No succession planning or leadership program - no growth path.
    Remote executives make building up the necessary political capital for career growth yet another 2-3 year cycle in a series of reboots. Don't have the stamina to waste another few years being proactive and eager just to have the privilege of trying to be more valuable to the company in new ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to identify top performers and do something. What is the point of great yearly reviews that come with clear requests for more, if it's always going to be more of the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    software developer review of blackberry

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

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

    Pros

    good training opportunity.
    competitive salary.

    Cons

    management is chaos.
    connection between groups are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better to improve the management

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  5.  

    Software Developer Coop

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic workplace, great people to work with and passionate! Lots of perks as a Coop student too, I learned a lot, this experience was a boost on my resume!

    Cons

    It wasn't possible to get a full time position at the end of my internship even if it went really well! This is due to to downsizing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in 2011 didn't made the greatest decision and investments. They lost lots of market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Systems Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, great work-life balance. Lots of talent and interesting work that is relevant in the market.

    Cons

    Not enough training, job security, lack of incentives for job growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I had fun there

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Good Canadian company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Quality Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Quality Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good people, reasonable pay, good Canadian company and great products.

    Cons

    We need to become innovators again and wow our Customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Blackberry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very good pay for Ottawa market.

    Cons

    Company is going down
    Decision making process is terrible.
    Overtime is consider norm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was Okay, but waiting to walk out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Culture, smart people, work was challenging

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of vision, lack of scope to stay motivated, laid back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Classic example of how a major tech company will be demolish when people at the top don't know what they are doing... Already screwed.. No one could really help...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Too many silos

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

    I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, high productivity, good experience and benefits

    Cons

    Organization 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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