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Updated August 25, 2017
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  1. "Good place to start out"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - BlackBerry Enterprise Server Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - BlackBerry Enterprise Server Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Blackberry paid well for a Co-op testing position with no experience. I met a lot of interesting people and played an unexpectedly important role during the company's transitional period. I also learned a lot about IT and setting up a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

    Cons

    The office is all grey cubicles, making a depressing environment. My work was repetitive and involved a lot of manual setup of servers. I ended up getting a repetitive stress injury from my work at BlackBerry.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more personalized work spaces and help employees with preventing repetitive motion injuries.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad decision after bad decision... leads to demise"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    early 2000s - great working environment; great leaders; great products
    2010s - change in management; cocky C-levels refused to see market trends; decline in product diversity; decline in morale, decline in fun..
    pay was above market (IMHO)

    Cons

    current day:- low morale, low drive, direction has changed to software but no revenue upswing.. now what?
    Many times, work 10 hours, come home for dinner, then conf call at 9-10p for a hour or two.. don't like it, find another job... no recognition for extra time spent..

    Advice to Management

    question - what do you do when you're half way down a rabbit hole?

  3. "Co-op"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Backline Technical Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Backline Technical Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Good working environment with clean office.

    Cons

    BB does not retain most of the co-op. and the company is not in the best shape to recruit fresh blood. Almost 80% of the employees are above 40 and have been in BB for more than 10 years. Co-ops are not trained properly because they don't want to put this effort since they are not going to retain Co-ops'. Thats why the learning curve is not impressive and interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Get new people to get new ideas and teach seniors how to behave well because it does not cost anything


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Contagious negative environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Administrative personnel are nice.

    Cons

    Company is adamantly against telecommuting. Employees absorbed because of the mergers are very unhappy. Employees told during orientation not to ask too many questions and not to "push back".

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust the very people you trusted enough to hire. Get with the times. Stop being so adversarial.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "NOC Operations Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NOC Operations Administrator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - NOC Operations Administrator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seeing the latest phones and prototypes coming out before they hit the media.

    Cons

    HR sponsored culture of bullying:

    Pregnant women are forced to use vacation time to attend doctor's appointments, night shift lead to complications and miscarriages.
    Abusive managers who despite numerous complaints get slap on the wrist.

    Culture:

    When managment introduces a new process to address any issue, you are also given a warning that failing to follow said new procedure will result in a disciplinary action against your job.
    Stagnating environment: supporting outdated BBOS and BB10 platforms for which very little is being developed.
    The market resists hiring current BlackBerry employees, you will find yourself stuck.

    The Schedule:

    Rotating shifts takes a toll on your health. 1 week night, 1 week day. A lot of lost sleep.
    Very uneven pay cheques due to the yo-yo schedules. Every third pay-cheque will be very short. Don't expect to receive the same amount of money every other week.
    If you work on a shift when clock switches to Day Light Savings Time, you will be expected to work 13 hours but paid only 12.
    You will be nickel and dimed, show up a minute late, get one minute less of pay. Doesnt work the other way around if you are held back for one reason or another.

    Advice to Management

    Management team is over staffed.

    BlackBerry Response

    Mar 31, 2017 – Director, Global Benefits

    Someone provided a link to a recent comment posted from NOC Operations Administrator and as a member of the BlackBerry Benefits Team, I was very concerned with the information detailed in this post... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Disheartening and Damaging Experience"

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Free BlackBerry with data plan
    -Ability to work from home and dome flexibility with hours

    Cons

    -Racist and sexist language
    -Ongoing excessive swearing and insults by team leader at his staff. This person was promoted to the most senior level executive
    -You are expected to check your BlackBerry and respond in a timely manner all the time, including holidays, evenings and weekends
    -Requires conference calls anywhere between 7am-10pm to accommodate different time zones around the world
    -Very political and the feeling that you always have to cover your butt because everybody points a finger at whoever they can
    -Others will try to step on you and stop at nothing in order to get to the top


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing is good about working here anymore. Was a great place to work but no longer is. BlackBerry has gone downhill over the past 5 years.

    Cons

    Everything about working here is a negative. Environment, Upper Management, No Accountability, No communication, no vision, no advancement opportunities, stagnant practises that are outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all Upper Management and start over

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Successive waves of cronyism"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There used to be true innovation and enthusiasm but now all is geared toward Director Prem Watsa salvaging his investment.

    Cons

    Executives hire their buddies, talk the talk, and wait out the clock. Maybe with enough acquisitions the company itself could be acquirable. HW (& SW) is now contracted out.

    Advice to Management

    Prem, tech companies are not like resources or banking, they are mainly a braintrust of the talent working there. The good ideas most often come from the bottom up.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love the Product, Hate the Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no shortage of challenging work. Lots of opportunities to learn new things and get more responsibilities.

    Cons

    Little or no performance incentive. Stagnant salaries for the last few years and lots of work pressure due to layoffs, attrition and general chaos. High-handed moves by the management, not bothered about the interests and welfare of employees.


  10. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hard to find one, but maybe still the name.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management in all levels of the company.
    Due to recent status of BlackBerry, employees stressed out, and trying to prove themselves to unfair management.

    Advice to Management

    Try to open eyes and look around. Be fair!


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