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BlackBerry Canada Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is great, until they need people to work on weekends (in 39 reviews)

  • Senior management too focused on company to look at the changing markets outside (in 53 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "blackberry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    it's good money if you can live in hell

    Cons

    you have to live in hell


  2. 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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Procurement specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NONE whatsoever, company is going the wrong way

    Cons

    Not a good company to work for, low moral, people are waiting to be laid off and get a package

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying you will turn the company around when your actions are saying otherwise


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Successive waves of cronyism"

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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

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Love the Product, Hate the Company"

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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
    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.


  8. "Engineer"

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    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!


  9. "a shadow of its former self"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - broad range of technology to work on
    - brand recognition
    - Canadian company (for those with national pride)

    Cons

    - lack of focus and articulated vision by sr. leadership
    - vicious in-fighting amongst middle management due to the leadership vacuum
    - continual layoffs, employees living in fear. the best have steadily left.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Depressing"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Back in the day, it was a fun place to work. Lots of excitement, cool technology.

    Cons

    Very depressing place to work. Total lack of management, C-Levels are nowhere to be found, cost-cutting all over the place, and a very dreary work environment. I'm very glad I left when I did.

    Advice to Management

    Show yourselves. You're invisible most of the time and then when you appear, it's to announce something incredible that in reality is demoralizing and further chipping away at what's left of the company.


  11. "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy to submit requirements and work with development teams without formal process reviews. $ is comparable to the industry

    Cons

    Far too many to write down. Poor management, no coherency between departments, managers are after their severance packages, no motivation or inspiration, little growth, promotions only at management level.



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