BlackBerry Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
1,120 Reviews
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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 75 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 45 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 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work. You are motivated every day to give your best because of the incredible talent around you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Highly technical people working on exciting projects.

    Cons

    Top talent wasn't always identified and promoted/paid fairly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Openness with employees and encouraging employees who show willingness to think outside the box.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great challenge! Turned the department around, grew the department over 50%, increased productivity/efficiency by 60

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay was good and it was definitely a challenge.

    Cons

    Long hours, HR Practices are not up to date and the company needs to practice what they preech.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who know how to run a business instead of promoting from within. I have nothing against a Canadian Company but if you are a "Global Company", then act like it. Just because you are Canadian and want to run things the Canadian way, doesn't mean it will work in other regions of the World. Also, you should have have had a marketing plan and a marketing department years ago (like in 2005 & 2006) to stay ahead of your competition as the BlackBerry was a very good product. The Rest is History!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    I think I wasted five years of my career

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    Former Employee - Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I made a lot of good friends, decent amount of vacation and holidays, U2 concert with free tickets in 2009

    Cons

    Compensation in my area was far below market value, Canadian HQ employees were underqualified and unwilling to share information or responsibility; outsourcing and offshoring Procurement, IT and Accounts Payable were pathetic. Very hard to watch unbelievably incompetent marketing which resulted in horrific loss of market share

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I cant believe they still are not marketing the security ingrained in a BlackBerry. Nobody knows about it. Should have been a major marketing tool versus Apple and especially Samsung

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had a position of response. Autonomy, friends and made a good living.

    Cons

    Always looking over my shoulder for the other shoe to drop. Shaky company financial future made for shaky ground to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New leadership with it's own entourage, location and method of going about their business outside the scope of how the rest of the company still functions makes for all the rest of the folks feeling left out of the grand plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dream job turned into a nightmare

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    Former Employee - Sales in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Sales in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company to go to work for back in the middle 2000's. Lots of energy, excitement and focus. Lavish events and a lot of focus on relationships.

    Cons

    Lost their way, downplayed the importance of personal attachment to technology and status symbols. Became a political minefield. Lots of egos and lack of recognition what was going on in the rest of the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how you react to technology as a person and a consumer, not just a professional.

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

    work culture

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was really an open culture where talking to manager n higher management was easy access. Also people were really helpful. A very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Seems like there were not defined roles and teams were jst doing what they liked without major deliverables.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need more focus on what your goals are and making things streamlined might help in long run. Also go with the trend , there is no point playing country music in a western culture party. and yes blackberry phones seems like that. so stop focusing on already achieved targets like battery life and try setting new goals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good company missed the opportunity to become a great company

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunrise, FL

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

    Pros

    Was a good company with great potentials and opportunities.
    Had quite a lot good talent. Have some good perks.

    Cons

    sits on previous glories, stopped innovating.
    weak core technology group.
    had great talents but didn't plug them into the right positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Experience - until the layoffs started, then the daily stress began

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Benefits were great.
    Fun, laid-back, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Limited Opportunities for employees outside of Waterloo
    Compensation was ok
    Limited opportunities for training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Based on experience under the previous management, hopefully the new leadership team makes some changes.
    Allow more opportunity for personal growth
    Make more positions available globally

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Baseband Interface Validation Associate in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Baseband Interface Validation Associate in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Friendly collegues and good work environment

    Cons

    Job security is not great.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Life-work balance, great people, there is a lot of potential in the company to achieve great success in the future and go back to its previous market status.

    Cons

    Management makes decisions without asking the right questions, or involving the right teams. Sometimes what looks good for business, if not properly setup, it can cause issues in the long term.
    Current company instability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management makes decisions without asking the right questions, or involving the right teams. Sometimes what looks good for business in the short term, if not properly setup, can cause issues in the long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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