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Updated December 11, 2017
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  1. "Good for internship/entry level, smart people, but lack innovation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer (Co-op) in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer (Co-op) in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with the BES UI team:
    - friendly coworkers
    - smart people
    - free BlackBerry phone with a call/text/data plan while you work there

    Cons

    - office location was far from food, would need a car or bus to get anywhere
    - sad to see a once big tech company not big anymore
    - direction of company wasn't clear

    Advice to Management

    need more innovation, recognize and retain talent


  2. "QA Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, challenging work, big company exprerience

    Cons

    lay offs, not many social events

  3. "A good place to start in high tech"

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    Former Employee - Hardware in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got me to my current job

    Cons

    There were many people that thought blackberry couldn't be touched. The hubris was very strong


  4. "Good for co-op student"

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    Former Intern - Beta Software Tester Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Beta Software Tester Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance and you will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Not many positions after co-op for full-time employment

    Advice to Management

    provide opportunity to co-op student to continue full-time


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company for career development

    Cons

    Brand is not doing good anymore


  6. "good for young professionals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, lots to learn, good salary

    Cons

    changing directions, can be fired any day

    Advice to Management

    Think proactively... down the roadmap


  7. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Cambridge, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, technology, free BBRY's, growth

    Cons

    Long hours, layoffs, outsourcing issues

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what makes money

  8. Helpful (1)

    "senior manager"

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

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

    Pros

    large employer, strong brand name (despite recent demise)

    Cons

    everyone knows the 'downside'.... hard to explain new future direction

    Advice to Management

    rebrand completely!


  9. "Very good company to work at."

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Engineer Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, environment, challenges, development, amazing place to work, lots of young and smart people, good place to make friends.

    Cons

    Career plan, professional growth, visibility, if you are not part of the close circle of your manager, you basically get no recognition

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the employees before they get to disappointed


  10. "Great company to work for early on...not so much later"

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

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

    Pros

    -Interesting work
    -Good benefits
    -Good tools and equipment
    -Cutting-edge product early on

    Cons

    -Lost market share later on
    -Product lost competitive edge later
    -High work-load later-on
    -Some management not very professional

    Advice to Management

    -Stay on top of innovation and latest technology trends


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