BlackBerry Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Pros
  • work-life balance is good in this company (in 80 reviews)

  • relatively flexible working hours (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is limited with a BlackBerry tied to your hip (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior Management has been changed frequently (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Limited growth

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work on cool products and against market pressure... so there was a fight

    Cons

    bad management, overworked employees, very little training or growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    take more care of your employees


  2. Decent place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    gave me great experience. They took a chance on me when I moved internally into a position I was still studying.

    Cons

    discovered that experience is way more important to them than a personality. I was end dated and the only one person they kept in the department was the one who didn't play well with others, but she had uber experience. I was glad I was end dated, I don't want to work for a company like that.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at more than experience when you decide who to keep when you have to downsize.


  3. Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High tech company with some future growth potential

    Cons

    Company is still in restructuring mode


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  5. Friendly work environment, Not much to do on web application side.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and environment, Learnt a lot about professional software development.

    Cons

    They were undergoing reorg ,cutting projects and there wasn't a lot to do.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know what your new hires will be doing for the duration of their internship.


  6. great people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cloaking Enabled in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cloaking Enabled in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    excellent the people are great and the support is always top notch. the perks are great and you get to learn some cool stuff and technology

    Cons

    distance from my home is a challenge as i live in the gta. i would have loved to move to waterloo as it would make my commute much easier

    Advice to Management

    award based on merit


  7. You get to work with great people, but the leadership and product chain are lacking

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most people you work with are pretty decent. The industry itself is exciting. With the right management changes, it could be a great place to work again.

    Cons

    Management has been an issue for years with a constant unknown of where the company is going or what is going on at the ground level New fads are jumped on, constantly reinventing the wheel... Doing more with less resources

    Advice to Management

    I think the new management is promising. Keep up with the common sense changes and let's get the company back on track. Don't be reluctant to reorganize entire areas.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Constant redundancies, uncertainty and chaos.

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Good Engineers and employees. Lots of dedicated people at lower levels.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at senior levels

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the company quickly and re-engage what is left of your workforce.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Less than satisfactory

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues in the same miserable boat

    Cons

    HR - don't get me started. Executive management - ever heard of fiefdoms?

    Advice to Management

    Too late now as the company has already tanked.


  10. Fun to work here!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young people in the Toronto office Work on something that people actually use Work hours very flexible

    Cons

    Company is in a scary state, where people come on go (mostly go). The outlook however does look encouraging. Could pay higher, compared to a tech company.


  11. Nice company

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good company to work for engineers

    Cons

    nothing special to say about this

    Advice to Management

    good



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