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BlackBerry Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,150 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 80 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 37 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.  

    its is a good experience

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    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Sunrise, FL
    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Sunrise, FL

    I have been working at BlackBerry part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good enviroment
    work/ life balance
    compensation is good

    Cons

    management involvement
    progress evaluation efficiency
    no specific path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more involved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry part-time

    Pros

    flexible hours and pay rates

    Cons

    benefits kind of lack with the company

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ended to soon

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In 2009 Blackberry was the fastest growing company in the world. I was attacked to them by others that I knew that went over to Blackberry and I was very excited about my future. We had market share, name recognition and product with seemingly unlimited potential. The future seemed bright....

    Cons

    In late 2011 things began to change. Blackberry's flawed leadership and strategy lead to the decline of revenue, profit and market share. The leadership (2 CEO;s) were removed in 2012 and the very good people at Blackberry began to pay the price of the poor decisions made by the leadership team with their jobs and future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget your mistakes and try to learn from them. Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great

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    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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