BlackBerry Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
1,095 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 70 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours; Good employee benefit (in 42 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 36 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    A good place for a come back story and team

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

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

    Pros

    Best in class enterprise structure

    Cons

    Lacks the flexibility of an android

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify and recruit out of the box thinkers....and listen to their input

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly collegues and good work environment

    Cons

    Job security is not great.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry for more than a 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
  10.  

    Great for intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to current technologies

    Cons

    Was huge at that time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well too late i guess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work initially. Managers and people, overall, were friendly, helpful and helped the employees

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Compensation was more than expected. Manager and above looked to improve knowledge and effectiveness. Also sought to ensure work-life balance was a good ratio.

    Cons

    All of the Pros changed after the 'new' CEO took over from the founders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all of the above based on older experience. What has/is happening I have not kept up with. Only hope is that new CEO can return the company to a better standing with the end consumer. This group does not have many good things to say at this time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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