BlackBerry Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Pros
  • work-life balance is good in this company (in 80 reviews)

  • relatively flexible working hours (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is limited with a BlackBerry tied to your hip (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior Management has been changed frequently (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Senior SW Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, interesting work, fun & challenging technology, fast moving entrepreneurial environment, great benefits & progressive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Tough market to sustain a long term presence in, too many changes in Leadership, strategy and company direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a long term focus.


  2. Despite what people think... innovative, solid company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The product is solid. Intelligent engineers creating a product that in my mind is best in class.

    Cons

    New leadership has created an aggressive environment to work in with at time unrealistic sales goals.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your product. Invest in their success.


  3. An exciting place to work at times, but industry outlook can make it difficult

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits depending on position.
    Management are generally accessible and receptive to feedback and criticism, it generally isn't difficult to get a complaint or suggestion to people that can act on it.
    Co-workers with a solid grasp on current technology and trends.
    Generally positive culture with opportunities to better it.

    Cons

    Process overheard - Though this has gotten better compared with some previous upper management, there is still a large amount of unnecessary process and reporting which is many times duplicated according to who is asking for information, with little impact beyond causing headache for the people trying to do the work rather than write reports
    Guidance and direction - There are a number of managers that are in their position not likely out of interest but of necessity...a great worker may not make a great manager, and they won't be as adept at providing guidance and direction for your career.
    Tools adoption and integration - Some tools were developed in house (likely to save on costs) and it's readily apparent (such as test case management and planning) in areas lacking functionality and cumbersome usage. Some tools and utilities are old and still in use, causing fracturing of knowledge and efforts during projects.
    Difficult at times to maintain a positive outlook in a job that you hear in the news as 'death spiral' and 'doomed'.
    Depending on which geographical site, advancement opportunities are limited unlike in the main campus.
    Telecommuting is generally frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open channels of communication and regular town halls.
    Provide clear guidance for employees regarding their employment...sitting at your desk day after day thinking about your position (or team, or office) being eliminated based on the news does absolutely nothing to instill confidence in the company strategy or direction.


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  5. Global Strategic Accounts Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    High visibility, senior access internally and with largest enterprise customers

    Cons

    Product and competitive forces eroded once best-in-class mobile position

    Advice to Management

    Find value in IP assets. Partner with new industry mobile leaders. Be relevant player in Internet of Things and maximize QNX potential.


  6. Great place to work only if management would get the product decisions right

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

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

    Pros

    great benefits
    bonus potential
    get to work on latest handset deign

    Cons

    frequent changes in product roadmap
    management in canada is insecure and selfish

    Advice to Management

    go android


  7. Product Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - Challenging task at hand as BlackBerry works to reinvent themselves, but employees generally work well together solving complex problems.
    - You can directly see the results of your work and the impact on the business
    - Canadians could be the nicest people on earth.

    Cons

    - Constantly getting negative press
    - Hard to get appropriate resources on a project as teams are spread thin
    - Generally competing with Apple, Google and Microsoft which can be an uphill battle

    Advice to Management

    Find your niche and cross your fingers


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    Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer I in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Software Developer I in Cary, NC

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

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

    Pros

    They offer competitive pay and benefits, and it is a very polite and professional work environment. They take pretty good care of their employees.

    Cons

    Career path is very straight and narrow, and it's really hard to move up, much less over or around. Not very stable - there are regular layoffs. Stiff and dry environment - very corporate. Communication is terrible among teams, especially if they are spread out over different states or countries. A lot depends on your project and your manager.

    Advice to Management

    If you see that one of your employees has strengths that are underutilized, try to do something about it. You're not getting the most out of your people.


  9. Good stepping stone.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, flexible hours. Great life/work balance, and a great amount to learn if you're fresh out of college.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs which kept moral down, projects get canceled after 1+ years of work which wastes time and resources.


  10. Software Test Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Test Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Software Test Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work Environment
    Great new technology to work with.
    Interns also get to work as if they are full time employees, get all type of complex tasks also assigned.

    Cons

    Less chances of converting a Internship into a Full Time.


  11. Manager Global Technical Specialty Teams

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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