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Updated June 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Shrinking Software Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some very smart people still at company
    - Interesting work around public/private cloud needs to be done
    - Pay is still competitive

    Cons

    - Layoffs still happen but no longer appear in media
    - Direction changes often
    - Terrible work/life balance due to heavy workloads

    Advice to Management

    Too many layers of management that don't do the real day to day work/operations. They removed all the team lead positions so most managers are at least 10+ years removed from the last time they programmed even a hello world program.


  2. "Compliance Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Great Salary for students, Learned a lot during my coop

    Cons

    Dont know about the future of the company but if I get a chance will work for Blackberry again.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Contagious negative environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Administrative personnel are nice.

    Cons

    Company is adamantly against telecommuting. Employees absorbed because of the mergers are very unhappy. Employees told during orientation not to ask too many questions and not to "push back".

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust the very people you trusted enough to hire. Get with the times. Stop being so adversarial.


  4. "Co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of intelligent individuals. Room for growth.

    Cons

    Many units are on the decline. Very restrictive managerial environment.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "software developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Great experience to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

    "NOC Operations Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NOC Operations Administrator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - NOC Operations Administrator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seeing the latest phones and prototypes coming out before they hit the media.

    Cons

    HR sponsored culture of bullying:

    Pregnant women are forced to use vacation time to attend doctor's appointments, night shift lead to complications and miscarriages.
    Abusive managers who despite numerous complaints get slap on the wrist.

    Culture:

    When managment introduces a new process to address any issue, you are also given a warning that failing to follow said new procedure will result in a disciplinary action against your job.
    Stagnating environment: supporting outdated BBOS and BB10 platforms for which very little is being developed.
    The market resists hiring current BlackBerry employees, you will find yourself stuck.

    The Schedule:

    Rotating shifts takes a toll on your health. 1 week night, 1 week day. A lot of lost sleep.
    Very uneven pay cheques due to the yo-yo schedules. Every third pay-cheque will be very short. Don't expect to receive the same amount of money every other week.
    If you work on a shift when clock switches to Day Light Savings Time, you will be expected to work 13 hours but paid only 12.
    You will be nickel and dimed, show up a minute late, get one minute less of pay. Doesnt work the other way around if you are held back for one reason or another.

    Advice to Management

    Management team is over staffed.

    BlackBerry Response

    Mar 31, 2017 – Director, Global Benefits

    Someone provided a link to a recent comment posted from NOC Operations Administrator and as a member of the BlackBerry Benefits Team, I was very concerned with the information detailed in this post ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Blackberry renaissance non-existent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    average benefits and compensation
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Blackberry has been cutting staff over the last several years; leaving the employee to pick up the pieces.

    Advice to Management

    Now that you've divested into all these sub-products and services its time to pick one and "make Blackberry great again!"


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