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"Show up 9-5, ... that's it."

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I worked at BlackBerry

Pros

Research In Motion has subsidized vending machines :) There are a lot of benefits other than this, but this seems to be what stands out most.

Cons

No one cares about what you do and the deadlines seem to be generous. There isn't a sense of accomplishment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Just because you have an MBA, doesn't mean you're a great manager. You're hiring to many academically qualified applicants, but not enough innovators.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good brand for your resume, but don't stay too long

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Great brand for your resume
    Mobile industry is a high-growth, exciting place to be
    The people that do give you face time are hard-working and very helpful

    Cons

    Lack of support from managers
    Clear division between engineering & PM - bureaucracy needed to get anything done
    Strategic overemphasis on hardware
    Canada-centric recruiting/compensation
    Lack of back-office infrastructure support (IT/HR) for such a large company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The long-term future of RIM is in deep trouble, but your employees don't recognize it. Figure out a viable strategy to compete with Microsoft and Apple. Communicate this strategy and make sure your employees actually execute it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, Family Oriented, Company takes good care of their employees, Good Salary,
    Out-of-Work activities, Orientations, Great integration process for new employees

    Cons

    Depending on your department you may lack opportunities of growing within the company
    Many employees work over 40 hours a week and may not be necessarily credited for it by senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize hard-work and time sacrificed to get the job done, Expand network by offering jobs in western and eastern canada such as Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary such that you hire the best of each part of Canada

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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