BlackBerry Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Software Developoer

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Good Salary, friendly environment, great projects

    Cons

    small town, little opportunities, Slow pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Okay experience

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Team members are very friendly and are always ready to help
    Internal dev tools help a lot
    Nice looking building...

    Cons

    No cafeteria, have to eat in your own cube if you bring your own lunch
    People around don't seem passionate about what they are working on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really have nothing to say (you may know what I mean)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Worked in various product management and marketing postions

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Smart people
    Desire to do the right thing for the customer
    Free coffee
    Nice facilities
    Free parking

    Cons

    Frequent changes in sen mgt
    Unsure of company direction
    No clear direction for the future
    Poor training facilities
    Decision making not documented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to map clear direction for future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. The Encrypted Future of mobile Technology

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    Former Employee - SMT Operator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - SMT Operator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Gets hands on the use and development of the best of the technologies available
    - Get hands on experience with the modules of SAP, if you are kind of super user
    - Understand how the network works, especially for the network geeks and understand the potential security holes.

    Cons

    - The policy implementation should be happening at the grass root level as well as up the ladder...togather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need competent people, with a sense of responsibility towards their work.
    -should motivate those, who come forward with major policy solutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. excellent company to work at

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    Former Employee - Process Compliance Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Compliance Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    friendly environment, best benefits and excellent salary.

    Cons

    too many changes in 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire laid off staff. People loved to work there including me. We were very loyal employees to BlackBerry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Chaotic

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    Current Employee - Team Lead, Non-development in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Team Lead, Non-development in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Dedicated workforce
    Fast paced
    Seem to finally be getting the right leadership in place
    Clarified business strategy

    Cons

    Silo'd business units
    Slow to affect cultural change
    Limited career development opportunities
    Poor transparency during layoffs
    Virtually no professional development for anyone but developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Good place to gain career experience.

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    • 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
  9. BlackBerry Software Developer Internship

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    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
  10. 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
  11. Great place to work

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    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

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