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BlackBerry Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
1,137 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 76 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 26 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Talented People who are burned out from purges

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

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

    Pros

    After all the purges, the people who are left are extremely talented and willing to embrace change to make BlackBerry succeed. It was a pleasure working with all of them and I have the feeling that I will not have the opportunity to work with such talented, intelligent people again; it truly seemed like a rare thing.

    Cons

    People are anxious and burned out after 3 years of purges and there are no opportunities for advancement given the current climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your talent and find ways to reward people so they stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very Good!

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very fun, relaxed culture. Everyone knows how to have a good time while getting their work done at the same time. Everyone is very helpful and dedicated to bring success to the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is very quiet at BlackBerry. Most people are too caught up at work that sometimes you don't talk to a single person the entire day. You may be too busy coding all day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    account manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, respect between employees.

    Cons

    share with all company new products strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More follow up meetings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hardware Test Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Leadership was amazing, they offer great perks to employees and people are always willing to help out if your ever run into problems

    Cons

    Office culture might not have been the best at the time because of company wide lay offs so moral wasnt the highest but everyone still got their work done

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Its a great company to work and good benefit.

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    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are creative, share ideas and help each other when you needed.

    Cons

    Depending on the department that you work with..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was Fantastic!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Great compensation packages. Working with very smart people across many different departments!

    Cons

    Job security is questionable. As with any big corporation, politics always have some role in decision making process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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
  10.  

    Software Developer Coop

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic workplace, great people to work with and passionate! Lots of perks as a Coop student too, I learned a lot, this experience was a boost on my resume!

    Cons

    It wasn't possible to get a full time position at the end of my internship even if it went really well! This is due to to downsizing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in 2011 didn't made the greatest decision and investments. They lost lots of market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I'm incredibly proud to say that I worked for BlackBerry!

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Highly talented engineers, dedicated project managers and gung-ho sales managers

    Cons

    Weighed down by very negative market perception

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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