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Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. "Embedded developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Embedded Systems Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Embedded Systems Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in, lots of benefits, had amazing colleagues, work culture is great, the campus is really good too

    Cons

    growth was slow, office politics happen from time to time, Had problems getting time off when I really needed it, sometimes the work pressure is too much


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of learning and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Management should think about saving this company from sinking

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of this great company and save it

  3. "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty laid back atmosphere these days

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities presented

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your workforce


  4. "hope they recover"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    -great technology
    -great pay
    -unlimited hot drinks in the coffee room

    Cons

    -company was in a steep dive downwards
    -not happy employees

    Advice to Management

    we hope Blackberry has learned from their mistakes and comes back on top.


  5. "Good for new grads to learn, career progression not clear"

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    Current Employee - Software Tools Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Tools Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot, the company is in full on growth and innovation mode, there will be opportunities of learning and using latest cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, in terms of performance reviews it seems there is a threshold for how many employees can be rated as exceeds expectations. Company has had it's fair share of downs, lots of layoffs have affected morale across different teams

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to judge, tough decisions will be made in a company in turnaround mode, however recognizing high performers and showing them a clear progression path can lead to the company not loosing top talent.


  6. "Still A Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Very competitive salaries.
    - Good benefits.
    - Casual dress code.
    - Flex Time
    - Corporate paid device

    Cons

    - Employee morale can be a challenge at times
    - Opportunities are hard to come by in Canada as they are hiring more in the USA
    - Not uncommon for teams to be understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Give them as many incentives as possible to stay, grow and development into the best employees they can be.


  7. "software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary package
    medical benefits
    work-life balance

    Cons

    things take time to happen in company, stigma of big corporate firm.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees

  8. "Research Student"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Learned and used new professional skills.
    Worked with excellent people.

    Cons

    Waterloo was too boring. It was not like a city but a town.
    Worked overtime, but programmer were used to this, no matter in which company.


  9. "Word of Advice"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Name brand company, you get a free blackberry

    Cons

    Very political to work here, has boys club and hard to break. Manager are arrogant. As company is re vamping itself, not a lot of hope for bonus or salary increase


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director, Technical Support"

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    Former Employee - Director, Support Operations in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director, Support Operations in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for growth and learning

    Cons

    Very short term vision, no strategic planning


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