BlackBerry Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 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.  

    Good salary, lots of opportunities to learn new things, but too Waterloo-centric and lacked innovation.

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    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Despite the current sentiment of the company, working at RIM/BlackBerry was always a conversation starter, benefits were good, salary was good, generally good people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, lack of direction, lack of decision making, too top heavy, upward movement was difficult to attain, too Waterloo-centric (leading back to lack of innovation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the opposite of what was done between 2010 and 2013, move the headquarters to (or hire more in) Toronto or Silicon Valley, reduce the number of middle-aged, rural-based developers trying to make product decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 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
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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 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
  6.  

    BlackBerry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Professional company, high tech, it's a well - known brand

    Cons

    They could be going out of business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to update workplace culture to that of Silicon Valley

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Digital HW Designer

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    Former Employee - Digital HW Designer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Digital HW Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Big company, clear process, clear work assignment, good product, good equipment, no big pressure, flexible working time, international company

    Cons

    low efficient, too many management layers, too many design centres in global which include hardware design, deliver product always delay, top leader no vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management need clear organization and great vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Loved my time at BB

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    Former Employee - ITIL Specialist  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - ITIL Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people, the atmosphere (pre-layoffs), the training, travel, learning

    Cons

    things got very stressful leading up to the layoffs in 2011 and 2012. It became a different company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved in what your team members do. I don't mean micro manage, but show an interest. One of my directors had no clue what my entire team did. Thats not a great way to run a company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 for less than a 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Very good for career growing

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    Former Employee - Validation Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Validation Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get hands-on experience in wireless industry

    Cons

    Personal grows is open for new engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More detailed reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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