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Updated April 11, 2017
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  • Terrible work/life balance due to heavy workloads (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1. "great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, large company, great connections. A lot of fun, met a lot of great people. Work was quite interesting most of the time.

    Cons

    Some issues with disconnect between workers and management. Occasionally not enough clear leadership, occasionally working on parallel peojects because of lack of cross team communication.

    Advice to Management

    Just be careful of the peter principle. Important to evaluate people being promoted to leadership positions, regarding whether they are suited for it.


  2. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Security Automation Developer ­ in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Security Automation Developer ­ in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall it's a good place to work for.

    Cons

    Company is under transition which is kinda scary..


  3. "Overall Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Global Sales in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Global Sales in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great learning opportunity
    - amazing team and people
    - diverse amount of work

    Cons

    - a lot of work
    - not to much to say

    Advice to Management

    great job constantly trying to figure out how to change


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  5. "software developer"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very talented senior developers where you can learn alot from

    Cons

    some people on some teams will try to step on others to move up

    Advice to Management

    have a better way to monitor employee performances


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    "Project Manager"

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

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Too many people in management positions making it hard for any real decisions to be made.


  7. "Great experience to learn"

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    Former Intern - Security Software Test Development Student in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Security Software Test Development Student in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Despite the company having difficult time, I had great time for acquiring and learning great knowledge. People were great as well.

    Cons

    Because of difficulties the company was having, the mood was not that energetic, and some of facilities were not on the point.


  8. "Senior Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great challenges and opportunities as a result of working with a company going through a massive pivot in its core business.

    Cons

    Getting everyone on the same page to get things done


  9. "Still a cool place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People still there are great

    Cons

    No money for exciting new projects


  10. "Intern Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Culture and excellent co-workers

    Cons

    Layoffs are demoralising in situations


  11. "Changing focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    I was able to contribute to the design and function of some ground breaking products of there time. The product design experience there allowed me to discover how critical user experience is to Brand building and Brand maintenance.

    Cons

    Recent shifts in core focus has mad work life in a few departments less energetic. The company is diverse in location and functional product so I am sure that in most areas there is a focus to expanding the capabilities of the Brand.

    Advice to Management

    Continue transparency with shifts in the focus so that employees will remain your key asset and can find ways to contribute their energy positively.


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