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BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON Canada

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 457 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen

John Chen

(55 ratings)

58% 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 team, variety of work, bad decision at top level management

    Manufacturing Software Developer (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsBest in class benefits and compensation, fun team-building events, great variety of challenging projects and amazing team atmosphere.

    Compensation package after the layoff last year was above expectations. This company really takes care of its employees - even when it lets them go.

    ConsManufacturing Software Development is "guilty until proven otherwise" - even though the cause may be in a difference department. Whenever there is a problem in production - Mfg Software Dev gets the blame and has through the cycle of clearing its name.

    Some of the decisions in top level management caused company to lose fight against iPhone and Samsung - resulting in huge layoffs last year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet better marketing. The product BlackBerry makes is the best in class - but few people know that.

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

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    Great Flexible Place to work

    Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros- Smart people to work with made for a great environment.
    - Great learning experience. Learned more in 5 years there than any other job.
    - Autonomy was key, and appreciated.
    - Everyone was driving toward the same goal, which made the team, a team.

    Cons- Communication was difficult throughout a highly matrixed organization
    - R&D lead company

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

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    Great experience but VP's are frustrating to work for

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood pay and great benefits
    Exciting opportunities

    ConsFrustrating to work for many of the VP's there
    The HR department is a joke they just hire and fire. There is no development structure

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet alignment from top to bottom. Most of the VP's are terrible and there are too many of them
    The entire HR team needs to have a career development program. The terrible courses they make available is a joke.

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

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    Developer Intern for BlackBerry

    Radio Software Developer, (Former Employee) Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    Pros-Actually got to program on the product
    -Understand technology space
    -Work with motivated people
    -Paid well relative to other internships in Ontario

    Cons-No obvious career path into management

    Advice to Senior Management-Hire co-op students as they finish their internship like other tech companies do, or they'll leave to other tech companies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a great place to work

    Wireless Protocol Specialist Co-op (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Prosgreat experience, variety of work, excellent test lab equipment, great exposure to wireless technologies, great team, tons of support when needed, independent projects given

    Consrunning test cases take a long time, everyone is usually busy

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    awful place to work

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros5% company contributions to RRSP

    ConsPoor managers lacking social skills

    Advice to Senior ManagementBottom-line is not most important, treating people with respect is more important

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart people, great products, immature corporation

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat pay, flexibility, fun products

    ConsPoor management. Runaway spending in the glory days led to devastation over the past few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to talent and stop letting good people go.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, but mediocracy was accepted.

    Hardware Design Engineer (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsGet to work on great products, good compensation, and allowed for a good work-life balance.

    ConsMany people in management should not have been in their roles. Seemed like people were rewarded simply for being at the company for a number of years, not based on capabilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of Direction

    Systems Designer (Current Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood Benefits and great talent

    ConsBad Environment, no future direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease innovate or the company will continue its decline into the abyss
    Good technical and capable staff but its like everyone is being told to close their eyes and then follow the light

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good and bad experience.

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Prosgood benefits, good teammates, serve the community.

    Conscompany is going through restructuring. Don't feel safe there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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