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BlackBerry Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.4 1,057 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(132 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume(in 69 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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    Great place to work. Enjoyed every minute of it.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits, salary and work culture. Chance to work with the best in the industry.

    ConsSome of the employees in senior positions are "oldies" who don't have leadership quality but are there because they joined the company early on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had fun there

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsLots of co-op friends there.

    ConsWinter is so cood than i imagined

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more workers, trainning more for coops

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Way of the Future

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDefinitely feels like the most innovative company in the technology sector. Management is willing to listen to trends and be a pioneer. Free company phone!

    ConsTOO innovative at times! I don't know, I just didn't feel like I could rest for much time here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease give me an iPhone for work purposes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, good product, lots of bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsExciting, fast paced and interesting place to work. The people are great, the employees are treated pretty well. Compensation is competitive and Waterloo is a good place to live. Very supportive of new ideas.

    ConsLayoffs take a toll on employees and they are losing some great talent. Lots of Bureaucracy which hampers innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your great talent and let ideas come, don't get bogged down in the bureaucracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very Good

    Automated Test Associate/Developer (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsEfficient, Flexible, Good Environment, Benefits are good

    ConsNo work from home and not good food available at cafeteria

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    Amazing

    Indirect Corporate Procurement (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsThe pace of the work environment was dynamic, fluid, Exciting, exhilrating.

    ConsThe leadership, lacking vision, direction, and insight into the marketplace. Too many leaders contaminated the organization. Legal Division killed the business groups, tied their hands and stalled the business from getting to market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementR&D needs to drive the company not Finance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved Working For This Company

    Enterprise Support Account Manager (Former Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsI was employed as a Support Account manager and loved working for this fantastic company. Lots of travel (including Canada). Great product and a great team.

    ConsLots and lots of emails and sometimes working unsociable hours because the HQ is based in Canada.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease turn this company around because this is the best and most secure smartphone out there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing

    NOC Operator Intern (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    ProsBlackberry offers a competitive salary and also encourages growth as a professional. They do not limit you to your role and you are welcome to liaise with various departments that may interest you and really enjoy the experience. Your managers tend to care about your career and will push you to try new things. Be it learn a new language to help on a project or simply just recommend something for you to read.

    It has a fantastic intranet to with so many resources you can practically train yourself for a new role and apply internally. Be it an intern, or grad student, you are viewed as an equal by everyone. Your opinion matters and your ideas will always be listened too. Its so amazing to a point you forget you're an intern and the whole family feel of the company makes you love being there.

    ConsConsumers aren't realizing how great our products are. You will spend time with people essentially looking down on you as Blackberry isnt considered "cool" anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more risks, be BOLD.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    On the rebound

    Platform Specialist (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsA great environment where employees are encouraged to take risks, and develop new technologies. Direction from management is typically "We need to accomplish this - figure out how to do it, do it, then report back to me". Independent thinking is encouraged.

    Many great employees - smart, and good to work with.

    ConsSome of the longer serving employees have a negative, defeatist attitude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage the employees - they have a lot of ideas to offer.

    Keep up the good work - there's been a marked improvement since John Chen came aboard

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great place to work

    Blackberry Technical Support for Exchange Server (Current Employee) Halifax, NS (Canada)

    Prosgreat benefits and bonus and salary
    job training
    great work environment
    wonderful coworkers
    learning opportunity

    Consnow the room to move up is limited as company is downsizing.
    some of the managers came from call centre background who are hardly able to cope up with corporate culture. Other than that upper management is pretty good .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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