BlackBerry Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. Senior Director, Global

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Wilmette, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Wilmette, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic new executive group. Great products to sell.

    Cons

    Challenged marketing with very limited budgets Very stretched human resources

    Advice to Management

    Fully support existing staff at a time of extreme pressure and uncertainty.


  2. Company overview

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxing work environment, friendly culture. Comfortable working hours with up to date and good test equipment.

    Cons

    Management is indecisive and is unable to make good decisions. Many projects get redirected at times.

    Advice to Management

    Think of more meaningful work. Invest time in more creative research projects that develop engineers as well as communicate more in between teams.


  3. Like all things, you get out what you put in

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    Former Employee - Legal in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Legal in Irving, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, was lucky to find lots of talented people willing to teach and mentor, lots of holidays off, superior benefits. People who were truly trying had a good chance to learn valuable skills.

    Cons

    Expected to respond to messages quickly, and at all hours. New workspace made out of former call center cubes. Ridiculous marketing under Thorstein Heinz - completely out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to say. Now that Thorstein is gone it looks like things are looking up.


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  5. Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company love everything about it. The people were nice. Great staff great work ethic. Company is fun working enviroment.

    Cons

    Work hours were hard. My boss was not a nice person. Was miserable towards the end of my job. Besides that nothing too bad.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on customer happiness. Too many snoby people within the company. Lighten up the mood for once. Not too many happy people.


  6. director marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    great employees to work with; autonomous

    Cons

    challenging environment; so tho the employees were great, they were unmotivated and worried about tomorrow


  7. Embedded Software Developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    - Large developer base - Good process management

    Cons

    - Arrogant management - Very hierarchical


  8. Senior SW Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, interesting work, fun & challenging technology, fast moving entrepreneurial environment, great benefits & progressive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Tough market to sustain a long term presence in, too many changes in Leadership, strategy and company direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a long term focus.


  9. Despite what people think... innovative, solid company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The product is solid. Intelligent engineers creating a product that in my mind is best in class.

    Cons

    New leadership has created an aggressive environment to work in with at time unrealistic sales goals.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your product. Invest in their success.


  10. An exciting place to work at times, but industry outlook can make it difficult

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits depending on position. Management are generally accessible and receptive to feedback and criticism, it generally isn't difficult to get a complaint or suggestion to people that can act on it. Co-workers with a solid grasp on current technology and trends. Generally positive culture with opportunities to better it.

    Cons

    Process overheard - Though this has gotten better compared with some previous upper management, there is still a large amount of unnecessary process and reporting which is many times duplicated according to who is asking for information, with little impact beyond causing headache for the people trying to do the work rather than write reports Guidance and direction - There are a number of managers that are in their position not likely out of interest but of necessity...a great worker may not make a great manager, and they won't be as adept at providing guidance and direction for your career. Tools adoption and integration - Some tools were developed in house (likely to save on costs) and it's readily apparent (such as test case management and planning) in areas lacking functionality and cumbersome usage. Some tools and utilities are old and still in use, causing fracturing of knowledge and efforts during projects. Difficult at times to maintain a positive outlook in a job that you hear in the news as 'death spiral' and 'doomed'. Depending on which geographical site, advancement opportunities are limited unlike in the main campus. Telecommuting is generally frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open channels of communication and regular town halls. Provide clear guidance for employees regarding their employment...sitting at your desk day after day thinking about your position (or team, or office) being eliminated based on the news does absolutely nothing to instill confidence in the company strategy or direction.


  11. Global Strategic Accounts Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    High visibility, senior access internally and with largest enterprise customers

    Cons

    Product and competitive forces eroded once best-in-class mobile position

    Advice to Management

    Find value in IP assets. Partner with new industry mobile leaders. Be relevant player in Internet of Things and maximize QNX potential.



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