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Great work-life balance!

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Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Kitchener, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Project Manager in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

I have been working at BlackBerry

Pros

Great work-life balance, great benefits and perks, training provided to advance skills and career development, RIM is very community consious and gives back. Opportunity to work with an industry leading company with lots of opportunities to move within the organization and around the world to other RIM locations. Pay and Bonus are rewarded based on both employee and company performance therefore rewarding a team and individual effort.

Cons

location not attractive to some people, sometimes resistant to change as some people who have been with the company from the beginning think things can still be done the same as when RIM was 100 people.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

better long term direction,

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    RIM: You can hit big, but more likely you will miss...

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Competitive salary, solid product, decent vacation time.
    There are good opportunities within the company, so "getting your foot in the door" can lead to greater things down the road.

    Cons

    Disorganization and distraction.
    Less "attractive" positions are often misrepresented as a means of attracting applications.
    Very short-sighted vision. %400 rework (on average)
    Commitment to quality if slipping.

    There are groups/teams/departments that have it together, but there are some that seemed to be locked in a downward "firefighting" cycle that impacts the bottom line. Worse still, this teams typically are staffed with people who *thrive* or *love* this kind of stress! However, most do not, so you have high turn-over and overall poor morale.

    There is a place for these types of people -- but RIM employs them everywhere and it hurts the company in the end. As RIM grows, the chaos that a lack of process brings will continue to erode it's competitive advantage...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technical expertise does not always translate to leadership skill - review those reporting to you and reconsider whether they deserve to be there.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Coop-Software Developer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Coop-Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    very good team environment (if u are in the right team)
    good icecream on fridays
    good team events for the groups
    travel opportunties if you are in the right team
    the IT group is quick if you have problems. most problems get solved with 2-3 days.

    Cons

    -> can get lost sometimes with work from different people
    -> u have to spend first for travel and then get reimbursed. it would be better if there was a company credit system. They do exist but not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    involve fulltimers more and promote them quicker

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