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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)

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

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 Management

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.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    ok company to work for

    Cons

    poor management strategy, hired more than it need


  2. Great personal development, but horrible management.

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    Former Employee - Hardware Systems Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Systems Designer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    You will have a lot of opportunity to work on your own projects and this gives you a lot of opportunities for development. The benefits package is very good, and they will give you everything that you need. Compensation is not bad as well.

    Cons

    The management structure and internal politics are detrimental for employment sustainability. You are not given opportunities for development outside of your field. Management is kind of childish. Also, be prepared to get accustomed to Waterloo if you decide to work on the main campus. It's a town with a small town mentality. You won't have much night life.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to relearn the basics.


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