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BlackBerry Bellevue Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  1. "SDET"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very friendly enviroment

    Cons

    Small office in Bellevue and minimum facilities

    Advice to Management

    Need to more clear on the direction the company is going


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Team Lead Technical Writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great camaraderie, atmosphere, flexibility, and environment in our Bellevue office.

    Cons

    Lay offs were a constant depressant. Morale has been low for years.

    Advice to Management

    C-level leadership was almost always oblivious to market pressures. John Chen has a way forward.

  3. "Systems Engineer in the mobile industry"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits with lots of holidays and flex time.

    Cons

    Too much red tape for a shrinking company

    Advice to Management

    Be Bold.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting mobile and mobile services software domain"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, good work environment, very interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Company marketshare is declining. this causes decisions to be made and changed often.
    Turnaround is taking a while, but signs are positive recently.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Timelines aren't too crazy, no mean people, and a lot of freedom"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Developer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Test Developer in Bellevue, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive pay in the US (I hear in Canada it's less)
    - You won't deal with introverted developers or weirdo's
    - Great people, everyone is outgoing and wants to do good work
    - Lot's of freedom to take on new challenges
    - Managers are supportive

    Cons

    - Benefits are just "ok"
    - Hard to transition to a new career path
    - Upward growth opportunities are non-existant
    - No clearly defined roles, so receiving a promotion or pay raise happens when management feels like it, not when you've accomplished all goals and exceeded expectations
    - We don't even get much of a discount on BlackBerries

    Advice to Management

    Have better interviews to hire smarter people, they are the one's creating your product and right now the product is reflecting the talent at RIM.


  6. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company made sure employees kept learning new things
    Work is exciting

    Cons

    Information sharing between groups could be better
    Senior Management does not value input from lower level employees
    Senior management made fun of competitors products despite problems with their own

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Stop touting security as the reason RIM will stay ahead of its computers as that has proved to be untrue. Focus on the horizontals and not the verticals. Remove MikeL and JimB from the boardand co-CEO positions


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Gang's rule"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good office
    Nice Location
    Bellevue
    near to highway
    near to park

    Cons

    Every project manager as a cheap gang of about 6 members and all its team members with no good experience with both ethics and technology. This gang type of atmosphere was told in many reviews here. It will take their complete life to change.
    Management is very much a failure in identifying talent and getting the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Get real technical talent. Dont just believe on your own gang working under you.
    In software gang attitude will lead to complete collapse.
    Every one should be an individual contributor and at the same time a team player. Not a gang player who can manage a manager!!


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