BlackBerry Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 75 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 45 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 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stay the course

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QMS Internal Auditor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - QMS Internal Auditor in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Excellent people, excellent work environment.

    Cons

    Unsettling environment as a result of market share and financial troubles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose focus on your strategic plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer Co-op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer Co-op in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    established co-op structure, good learning experience (depends a lot on the job, I got lucky), BB name on resume will make it very easy to secure later co-ops, flexible hours, good engineers

    Cons

    boring city (waterloo), crappy management (not so important for co-ops), company is struggling

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, satisfying!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you're an intern, it's a really good place to gain experience of working under pressure, Flexible work hours, good pay

    Cons

    No over time, fear of getting laid off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good for a workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility is embedded into the culture
    Despite the company having grown so much, that part of the culture still remains
    But this depends on the job function too.

    Cons

    Market conditions, bad media and layoffs do affect morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think there has been a lot less politics this year and much clearer focus towards the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst career decision of my life - think very carefully before joining

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Individual to BE Undermined in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Individual to BE Undermined in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Salary but even this doesn't cover the amount of mental abuse dished out by management
    You can keep your own working hours as management doesn't care

    Cons

    Silo mentality
    Behind the device development curve of competitors
    Undermining constantly of employees and performace
    No interest in employee well being
    Old guard still in place there are some very decisive characters internally who need to be replaced
    Many HQ based employees have little or no international exposure
    Lofty and deluded management expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees
    Get rid of the old guard
    Devel products consumers want

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent executive management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain and Manufacturing Program Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain and Manufacturing Program Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary if you are not supposed to commute as I did for a while

    Cons

    You are to watch your back and play it smart moreover if you are part of a male group as they'll do what it takes to push you out. Stabbing is an art in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late for advice, the boat just floats..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good opportunities to learn new things and being able work with great people made this great experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Despite media constant bashing, it BBRY was innovative.

    Cons

    Halting multiple projects mid way through hurts morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like professionals- always.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    On the rebound

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Platform Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Platform Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    A great environment where employees are encouraged to take risks, and develop new technologies. Direction from management is typically "We need to accomplish this - figure out how to do it, do it, then report back to me". Independent thinking is encouraged.

    Many great employees - smart, and good to work with.

    Cons

    Some of the longer serving employees have a negative, defeatist attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage the employees - they have a lot of ideas to offer.

    Keep up the good work - there's been a marked improvement since John Chen came aboard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career killer, but with potential.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company provides comfortable working environment. It still has some great people left. Global company with many locations and "good" reputation.

    Cons

    Career killer. My carrier and professional networking slowed to a crawl. There is no hi-tech culture/ feeling in the company. The management did not have a good handle on what is going on in the company. Maybe it will change now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Develop them and keep them challenged. Improve your perks. Create a hi-tech culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fail to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HW Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - HW Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Generous pay and benefits. Great flexibility to work from home. Used to be a great place for HW engineers but not any more. The business is now SW oriented.

    Cons

    In the good days the company failed to recruit talented people and the results are showing now. With recent layoffs that affected mostly the doers not the talkers the company has a very heavy hierarchy with lots of managers, VPs etc.

    Although the company states that knowledge sharing is important to their business and culture, the opposite is occurring. People do not want to share knowledge because they see knowledge as a source of power. The organizational and operational climate encourages or reinforces secrecy, not sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more open systems are to sharing ideas and spreading information and allowing those collisions to happen, the more likely that new good ideas and new innovations occur.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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