BlackBerry Reviews

Updated May 2, 2015
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  1. The Encrypted Future of mobile Technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  2. excellent company to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Compliance Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Compliance Technician in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    friendly environment, best benefits and excellent salary.

    Cons

    too many changes in 4 years.

    Advice to Management

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

  3. Good place to gain career experience.

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Leadership is not just a rank.

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  5. Chaotic

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  6. BlackBerry Software Developer Internship

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    • 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)

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

    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.

  7. Gained valuable work experience.

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

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    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.

  8. Great place to work

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    keep up the good work

  9. Director, Product Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    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.

  10. Difference across departments; Excellence overall

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    • 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

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

    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.

  11. Nice place to work

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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    New management has the right focus now.

    Cons

    Still a tough business environment

    Advice to Management

    Keep executing. This leadership is what the company needs.

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