BlackBerry Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Hardware Engineer Intern/Co-op

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineer/Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineer/Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere, everyone was friendly.
    - Got to work on all their cool new stuff before they get released.
    - Great benefits even to students (ex: gym discount)

    Cons

    - Nothing really bad to say. Just need to be a hard worker but that applies to anywhere really.

    Advice to Management

    Management was great. Always had an open-door policy and very friendly and approachable.

  2. Great work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    - friendly atmosphere
    - new things to learn
    - great benefit
    - compensation

    Cons

    - not a lot of growth opportunities

  3. Software Test Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good benefits, lot to learn, good opportunities

    Cons

    used to be in old location, not well location. newer building has more facilities

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  5. Great company to work for!

    Former Employee - Project Coordinator Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    learned quite a bit, proactive environment, good compensation

    Cons

    instability, company location out in the suburbs

  6. Good company to work for.

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

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

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

    Pros

    One of the few consumer high tech companies in Canada. Interesting work, relatively progressive management and good culture.

    Cons

    The future of BlackBerry is uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    John Chen has a good chance of turning things around. Focus is saying no!

  7. Great place to work in Canada

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Used to be great place to work with some great phones in the market and get chance to work on interesting technology. Best tech company in Canada.

    Cons

    Vision not clear anymore since losing hardware market share.

  8. Co-op

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

    I have been working at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    The work-life at BlackBerry was relaxing, not too stressful, pay was nice for co-op, not too much daily tasks, lots of free time (team dependent)

    Cons

    Don't learn much as a tester, skills learned not applicable to other testing jobs except probably a telecommunications company

    Advice to Management

    More time training

  9. RF Engineer Inter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RF Engineer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - RF Engineer Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Free Coffee and tremendous employee benefits. Free phone and plan which is taken care by company.

    Cons

    Multicultural working environment.
    Sometimes, you feel in the comfort zone because work is in detail and same for a while.

    Advice to Management

    BlackBerry is now shifting from device business to software. They still need to continue their device's business growth.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Good leadership - treading water on a personal level

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Excellent experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary and working hours

    Cons

    Usually stressful periods during the new release of devices

    Advice to Management

    Great managment

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