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Love RIM, Love BlackBerry, Love working here!

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Current Employee - Performance Measurement Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Performance Measurement Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

Pros

Great perks, great people, competitive salaries. This is a great place to work, with lots of oppourtunity for learning, growth and movement within RIM.

Cons

Some duplication of effort, and a few too many "old school thinkers". Like most companies, its big enough to be slow at certain types of change, and some empire building. For the most part though, people work together.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break down the silos, listen to the front-line, and focus on innovating!

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Positive Outlook
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    Stagnant

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    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Plenty of time to play table tennis

    Cons

    No direction.
    Management doesn't understand the technology.
    Too much red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the fat!

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

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    Former Employee - Dedication and Honesty gets you nowhere in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Dedication and Honesty gets you nowhere in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Free use of a BlackBerry. Free coffee. Location is nice. Co workers were great. Benefits package is average

    Cons

    That free BlackBerry is like a ball and chain. As the saying goes, Always on Always connected... to your work and its a global company 24 7. Business is running in corrective action mode. Lack of business processes, many are not held accountable for their ( lack of ) for actions . Performance reviews and management coaching seems like lip service. Layers of management aka directors were added during growth but not removed during reorganization. Cross functional communication is poor, groups operate in silos looking after their own interest but fail to see the big picture. So many are gone now, the company has lost the critical mass to carry on. Many employees are hired based on relation to each other rather than qualifications. One of my co workers couldn't even spell or compose a sentence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never understood the selection process for those who were let go. Why would you dismiss your most experienced and mature workers who built the organization and hired the inexperienced staff you kept. There was no offer for a pay reduction to stay on, grant contract status etc. Most are over paid for what they do. Get rid of some overpaid directors and keep some people who actually do the work. One director earns the salary of several admin or analyst positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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