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BlackBerry Reviews in Waterloo, ON

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 80 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Project Coordinator

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

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

    Pros

    - Awesome projects, especially for an internship
    - Great support from full time employees and other interns
    - great intern salary
    - flexible hours

    Cons

    - as an intern, no benefits, gym memberships, etc.
    - nothing else!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for, if only the job security would improve

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Opportunities to learn via certification programs, and various internal tools

    Cons

    Being worried that the company will go under or cut more of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since Chen has taken over there has been a big improvement in the company's management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great environment for Interns and co-op students

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Design in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Design in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Experience working with some of the best engineering professionals in the telecom business.

    Cons

    Downsizing; even though interns can only be fired under exceptional circumstances, downsizing during my internship put pressure on senior full time employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Software Developoer

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    • Senior Management
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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
  6.  

    The Encrypted Future of mobile Technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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
  7.  

    Worked in various product management and marketing postions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Good place to gain career experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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.  

    Chaotic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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
  10.  

    BlackBerry Software Developer Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - 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
  11.  

    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

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