BlackBerry Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Maketing specialist: Good work/life balance, competitive salary

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    While at BlackBerry, our team was like a family. There is a lot of support from the management team. There was a good life/work balance if you were organized and focused while at work. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Politics played a huge role in the organization. Various times I felt that the different business units were very divided instead of trying to work as a team.

  2. Manager Global Technical Specialty Teams

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    Former Employee - Manager Global Technical Specialty Teams in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Manager Global Technical Specialty Teams in Irving, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Everyone worked as a close team to get the job done for the customer. I feel that the best product possible was always delivered to the customer.

    Cons

    Their was not a lot of direction set buy the Director and VP levels in the company. It was not that they didn't care but I think everyone was being pulled in to many different directions.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with the directions being set and communicate to the employees. BlackBerry has some great senior management but information did not always to the lower levels.

  3. Bureaucracy straightjacket

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you like having well-defined processes and lots of folks to handle all the specialized steps in producing some pretty complicated mobile technology, this is a good place for it. Also, if you are interested in mobile tech security, they have a great team at BlackBerry.

    Cons

    Too many people rely on too many old processes that don't meet the needs of newer products, so there is a lot of confusion about which process to follow.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline and flatten the organization. It's too hard to make things better with so many layers involved.

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  5. good

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Andover, MA

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    very good work environment at blackberry

    Cons

    no cons as such working at blackberry

    Advice to Management

    no advice as such to management

  6. Channel Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Before the "downfall" and the overtaking by SAP leadership, this was an amazing company to work for. Exciting, inspiring, work/life balance

    Cons

    Leadership did not listen to employees, lack of communication downstream.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees that are on the front lines and pay closer attention to what is taking place in the industry.

  7. coop/fulltime

    Former Employee - Coop in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Coop in Ontario, CA

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    RnD oriented company. Great for engineers to learn technical. Engineering groups share information freely. designers are open to share their design / releases

    Cons

    location. Waterloo is ok. Ottawa is ok. but Canada is cold in general.

    Advice to Management

    good

  8. The experience was really good. Good place to kick start your career if you're in the telecom/S/w field

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Good work place. No work pressure.

    Cons

    They are lagging behind on some of the latest technologies. Need to do a lot more research on cutting edge technologies and implement them to sustain.in the current market

  9. Innovation stalled

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient commute, decent benefits, great people, once was an innovative product.

    Cons

    Not up with the times, fell behind other mobile device manufacturers, legacy mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Make hard decisions and pivot company while there is still value.

  10. great company, great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly people, inspiring environment

    Cons

    people are very very academic and very smart

  11. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, Nice working environment, respect to people

    Cons

    limited opportunity, mass restructure impacted high performances which is big loss to the company

    Advice to Management

    Be open minded

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