BlackBerry Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Pros
  • work-life balance is good in this company (in 80 reviews)

  • relatively flexible working hours (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is limited with a BlackBerry tied to your hip (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior Management has been changed frequently (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Lived through layoffs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Exceptional team. Hard-working individuals, very knowledgeable and professional. Director was extremely supportive; encouraged staff to get training and attend conferences.

    Cons

    Hired too aggressively when everything was going well and went through a lot of rounds of layoffs with the uncertainty and stress that creates. Same communication issues as in other companies

    Advice to Management

    People make your company: take better care of them.


  2. Good Growth

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

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    So many smart people to learn from over there. They know so much about security. Excellent place to develop as a developer as there is plenty growth ptoential.

    Cons

    Too beuratic. A lot of bottlenecks and everyone tries to cover their selves most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the developer and making sure they are happy. Morale really affects creativity and the less you have then the crappier thr product you release.


  3. Great internship experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Nice people - Good pay - Chance to interact with variety of departments

    Cons

    - Not too much mentorship from supervisor, but a lot of mentorship from fellow colleagues - A lot of training before starting to work

    Advice to Management

    Make sure there's interesting jobs for the interns before they get there


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  5. Great potential

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company has great potentials and many smart people. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of layoffs. Lack of opportunities for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Plan well. Give certainty internally.


  6. Could be interesting work or not

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Got on a good team where senior dev took the time to explain software design patterns to us Got an interesting project

    Cons

    Not much breadth - you don't know what others are working on projects could be tedious - some people were doing manual testing

    Advice to Management

    cut down on the amount of people doing manual testing, everything should be automated at this point


  7. Carrier technical manager

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people and very friendly environment to work for. Good benefits!

    Cons

    A lot of people started to leave and it was tough to remain positive during the layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Please keep the employees informed on the vision and goal for the company and have frequent reviews on the career path


  8. Hardware Co-op

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Digital Hardware Designer Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Digital Hardware Designer Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary, strong team, expensive equipment per student, multiple projects going at once

    Cons

    Poor communication between groups in multiple cities, lack of sports groups, benefit information unknown

    Advice to Management

    Quality needs to be the strong competitive edge


  9. Hardware Engineer Intern/Co-op

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Great work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Software Test Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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