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BlackBerry Canada Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "BlackBerry"

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

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

    Pros

    small company approach in a large company environment, flexible working, global footprint

    Cons

    considered a legacy company, still looking for a place to belong in the industry, future is uncertain

    Advice to Management

    employees choose transparency over salary


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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,


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Once was great"

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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
    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.


  6. 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!


  7. 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Valuable Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation
    A lot of Smart,Talented people

    Cons

    Constant downsizing mode is difficult on morale
    Significant loss of talent as people leave during slow company transition

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency into short and long term goals


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Was a great place to work..."

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

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

    Pros

    +Blackberry still has a strong reputation in software which can allow former employees to demand a higher salary

    +The whole software life cycle was completed with very high standards that make other companies processes look like child's play

    +Learned an incredible amount of technical and communication skills from the talented technical staff

    +Awesome benefits and perks

    Cons

    Now to present day....

    -Lack of product vision from executives. You'll twiddle your fingers for awhile then suddenly it turns into an "everything's on fire" mentality when some exec finally makes up their mind

    -Lack of resource management. You'll have guys working insanely hard while someone on the other side of the cubicle might as well be watching youtube videos all day (they also get paid more btw)

    -Workers live in impeding doom because layoffs happen without notice. This leads to others picking up the slack which burns them out (usually these are the higher skilled employees too). These burned out employees then leave without much notice because of a lack of merit or reward (this leads to others picking up the work). This doesn't stop the eradicate layoff cycle.

    -Execs were disrespectful/secretive about layoffs, you'll see your friends and long time co-workers carrying their boxes out the door the entire morning. At the end of the day you'll get an email from the top stating that some marketing manager in Europe was sadly let go with no mention of the 20 people you just said bye to.

    Advice to Management

    Have some confidence to make a decision or at least communicate that your trying to make one


  10. "Coop student"

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

    Pros

    The work hour is flexible. You are free to learn whatever you want. There are free textbooks available in the e-Library. Pay is above average

    Cons

    The future of the company is uncertain. Rounds of layoff demolished team morale and reduces work efficiency big time.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find ways to increase employees' sense of belonging. Occasional team building events will help to build good working relationship.


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