BlackBerry Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
1,120 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 75 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 45 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 37 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    A good place for a come back story and team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Irving, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (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
  3.  

    Great place to work initially. Managers and people, overall, were friendly, helpful and helped the employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation was more than expected. Manager and above looked to improve knowledge and effectiveness. Also sought to ensure work-life balance was a good ratio.

    Cons

    All of the Pros changed after the 'new' CEO took over from the founders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all of the above based on older experience. What has/is happening I have not kept up with. Only hope is that new CEO can return the company to a better standing with the end consumer. This group does not have many good things to say at this time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a nice experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DSP Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - DSP Developer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunity to grow professionally

    Cons

    some huge strategic mistakes that hurt the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lord of the Flies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Iconic brand and incredible invention that helped shape the Information Age.

    Cons

    Too many to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great pay, benefits. Poor new management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benefits, PTO

    Cons

    New Management needs a better direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The Way of the Future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give me an iPhone for work purposes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The culture was not good for a high tech company to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    The benefit was good. The work/life benefit was great. It was the most profitable company in Canada. Now the company still has a lot key technology to generate profit.

    Cons

    The company changed leadership 2 times in 5 years. The leaders in the past did not have vision for the industry and did not have the ability to move the company forward quickly to compete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong Growth and technical expertise shared

    Cons

    Lack of Direction and there was significant Mismanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chen is doing the right things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Blackberry

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Very good & friendly working environment
    Very good processes to get the job done
    Very good place for a freshman to boost in the career.
    Competitive salaries
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Need more focus on future
    Poor marketing
    Need senior and middle management with higher education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your marketing and hire highly educated people in management. Innovation is must but it should not be delayed. Its time to learn from mistakes as there might not be more chances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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