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  1.  

    Good place to gain career experience.

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Technically challenging environment. Gained some valuable experiences. Great place to work as a co-op.

    Cons

    Process heavy - trying to get stuff done is as much work as the actual work. Slow to act due to "decision making by committee" approach and overly risk averse culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is not just a rank.

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

    BlackBerry Software Developer Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Reasonably predictable workloads and working hours. Mostly strict schedule on bigger teams and meeting times known in advance. With the people you do work closely with, can develop strong personal relationships with them.

    Cons

    Competitive environment, challenged to stay for more than just the core hours even though productivity does not necessarily rise. Isolated environment and often not enough in-person developer conversations. Occasionally geographically disconnected teams. Structures in place occasionally slow down progress. Occasionally mis-match between expectations communicated and evaluated against.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Gained valuable work experience.

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    I started there as a student and stayed for 3 years to gain work experience.

    Cons

    Very limited career path. Compensation wasn't great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    salary, work-life balance, people. It was a great place to work as an intern or new grad, lots of young people and a great vibe in the company.

    Cons

    lack of direction, legal department. Anything we did had to go through the legal department so it was very difficult to get things done at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Director, Product Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Good place to work. Smart people, hard working environment. Meritocracy. Waterloo is improving all the time culturally and good place to raise family with reasonable cost of living.

    Cons

    Challenging ; stressful work environment at the time (2010) since company was on a downward competitiveness trajectory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Difference across departments; Excellence overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated employees; professional business environment; products you could be proud of; approachable and helpful managers; optimistic company outlook.

    Cons

    depending on the team, management for some team needs to be improved and standard needs to be set a high norm across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place to work

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    New management has the right focus now.

    Cons

    Still a tough business environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep executing. This leadership is what the company needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Environment catered for the no nonsense problem solvers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Embedded Systems Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Embedded Systems Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity, smart people to learn from

    Cons

    Extremely serious, no time for jokes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Talented People who are burned out from purges

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    After all the purges, the people who are left are extremely talented and willing to embrace change to make BlackBerry succeed. It was a pleasure working with all of them and I have the feeling that I will not have the opportunity to work with such talented, intelligent people again; it truly seemed like a rare thing.

    Cons

    People are anxious and burned out after 3 years of purges and there are no opportunities for advancement given the current climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your talent and find ways to reward people so they stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent coop experience

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    At Blackberry, a lot of emphasis is placed on the coop program as everyone is friendly and willing to help you out. In addition, people really push you to succeed. Working on some of the latest innovation and seeing them brought to the market is definitely rewarding. There is also a good balance of work and play as there are many social events where you can interact with the other coop students. I have learned a lot and had lots of fun working at Blackberry.

    Cons

    There were many times when needed to work long hours and sometimes over time to get the necessary work completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More resources if possible placed towards improving company culture such as team building events.

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