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BlackBerry Canada Reviews

Updated March 5, 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. "Went downhill fast"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and global company

    Cons

    Toxic culture and promoted in fighting and empire building


  2. "no way out"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blackberry is very competitive on salary, and benefits. Salaries appear higher than industry average making it hard to leave unless one is willing to give up something on total compensation.

    Cons

    Blackberry is facing a challenge in rebuilding its product set to improve growth and revenue. There is little room for advancement and the organization is set. Long range prospects are difficult to judge. Keeping a positive attitude is a challenge as layoffs occur from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    stop cutting around the edge with all the product sets. focus on the areas where there appears to be a market opportunity and strike quickly. cut some senior managers as too many have survived several rounds of cuts.


  3. "HRBP"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Many wanted to do the right thing to drive success so easy to work with to try and ensure the culture allowed successful delivery.
    Many were loyal to the BB brand so despite the challenges, which all companies have, the team members were passionate about the brand.

    Cons

    Too little too late to change the culture and the leadership focused only on the top half and not within the Waterloo community.

    Advice to Management

    Team members = internal customers that support your external customers ; start paying better attention at driving that value. Amazing results can happen when you treat all your internal customers with dignity and respect and provide a direction that is understood by the many and allow them to be part of the solution.


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  5. "IT SAP Senior Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Corporate culture was very relaxed and easy going

    Cons

    Difficult times with downsizing and changes to business models.


  6. "Moving to licensing model"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible environment, competitive pay, great benefits

    Cons

    Less and less jobs are available, layoffs are looming


  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brantford, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brantford, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hope there is success for this Canadian Company

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth or advancement
    Management picks and chooses who they want to groom
    salary good if you are newly hired
    current employees promoted within are not on the same pay scale

    Advice to Management

    Work to develop employees,


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Treats employees and customers poorly"

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

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

    Pros

    The company strategy is strong but they are struggling to execute on it. There is lots of freedom in the sales roles, which makes the work life balance strong.

    Cons

    Quota targets are not attainable. Attainment numbers are around 15% for AE's and yet the company boasts about its "growth" on its earnings calls. The core software product simply does not work for most Enterprises, and so the day is filled with handling customer complaints and saying "I'm sorry". After I resigned, they refused to pay me the commission owed from 2 months back. This is typical of how they treat the sales team.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people that you actually care about. Fix the software product so that it works for all your customers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Once was great"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with; hardworking and dedicated. Interesting hardware and technologies. Employees are passionate and engaged. Salaries were competitive.

    Cons

    Used to be a great company to work for until competition and change overwhelmed it. Then came the constant "downsizing" every quarter that still continues.

    Advice to Management

    Keep positive; keep employees engaged and focused. Be transparent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Used To Be a Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great group of co-workers, great benefits and corporate gym membership pricing

    Cons

    Constant change. You always feel dispensable. Low moral all around the company. No employee functions or group/team building activities

    Advice to Management

    Start caring more about the people who actually keep BlackBerry alive....the hard working, dedicated employees!


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Still a lot of passionate people dedicated to making great software
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Lots of uncertainty amongst staff regarding the future direction of the company
    Still lots of churn with management and executives leaving/joining
    Difficult to trust whats communicated from higher up as it's likely to be contradicted a few months later
    Difficult to see much hope of career progression

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic in the goals that are set and how the plan to achieve them is communicated to staff



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