BlackBerry Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. FTS Automation Developer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - FTS Automation Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - FTS Automation Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to learn and enhance your skill set with experienced software developers

    Cons

    frequent Layoffs for full time employees.


  2. Great first job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    BlackBerry was a great place to start my career after finishing school. It's fast paced and demanding, but you learn a lot along the way. I was fortunate to have a great team and managers as well.

    Cons

    The companies decline over the last several years was definitely a bit disheartening. And, with the companies focus always seeming to be in a constant state of flux, many projects seemed disorganized and without proper direction.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. I saw so much wasted effort on projects that were destined to go nowhere. It's really frustrating to see all your hard work never pay off.


  3. Not what it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits still quite good for the region. While not as exciting as it used to be, there are still a lot of things happening to keep the right kind of person engaged.

    Cons

    The title says it.....not what it used to be. No surprise here but working at BB during the good times and in the lead up to BB10 was great. Everybody you spoke to outside the company wanted to hear what was next. There was always a sense of anticipation and excitement. The leadership had been there since the early days and the passion was evident. The current vibe is now at the other end of the spectrum. There is very little connection to the current leadership and passion is not evident. You may find a great role but the overall experience is that of just another place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to bring back some of the passion. If you are new to management, sit down with your people and ask them what can be done to capture some of the passion that used to exist. Not an easy task but worthwhile


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  5. Limited growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Business Analyst Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Great People, Good corporate environment, good company overall. Management is great can use some improvement, but its good.

    Cons

    There is pressure as an intern but if you do not manage it properly its over-whelming. Have seen some bosses negative, most positive.

    Advice to Management

    Take to a more entrepreneurial mindset and enviorment to grow both employees and revenues.


  7. Software Tools Developer

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

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

    Pros

    good for beginners, a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    office politics, too many chefs

    Advice to Management

    less chefs more doers, less 'speculators' and more professional leaders/managers


  8. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fast career progression if you work hard and deliver results.
    - Friendly environment with flexible work hours.
    - Open to innovation and let you gets your hands dirty and deliver something beautiful.
    - There are many talented people.

    Cons

    - Round of lay offs caused disengagements in employees and low in moral.
    - Politics and complains are at the top peak.
    - Managers are chicken.
    - Career progress slowed down.

    Advice to Management

    After the massive change in senior leadership, it was heading into the right direction, but some of the mid level Managers still have no clues where the company is heading and fail to provide clear direction to their team. Team Leads from many groups do a far more better jobs than those few lazy managers. Some of them got lucky in the past and landed in management role because company was growing fast and their bosses got promoted, not earned by hard work. These are the managers need to go, period. Need more strong managers with strong voice, credibility and know how to run a team and deal with daily issues.


  9. Excellent Company too bad so many have been cut

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere, excellent compensation, bonus, benefits. Flexible hours, rewarded for hard work. Lots of opportunity to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Some projects have too many layers of management to go through and politics can affect good decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the people who know the details at the ground floor.


  10. Software Test Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Test Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Test Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Testing is easy

    Cons

    Might not learn a lot as an intern


  11. Review

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

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Salary, vacation, benefits, location, team

    Cons

    Moral, direction, focus, spotlight, stock value

    Advice to Management

    Find a way



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