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BlackBerry Ottawa Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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Ottawa, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "Not what it used to be."

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, senior management seems to not be able to stick to a plan so direction often changes by the minute. This makes it difficult to get things done.


  5. "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


  6. "Firmware Development Student"

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    Former Intern - Firmware Developer Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Firmware Developer Co-op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Good benefits, Flexible hours

    Cons

    Bad work culture, working over there is too boring and monotonous sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Have more fun activities


  7. "hope they recover"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Kanata, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Kanata, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    -great technology
    -great pay
    -unlimited hot drinks in the coffee room

    Cons

    -company was in a steep dive downwards
    -not happy employees

    Advice to Management

    we hope Blackberry has learned from their mistakes and comes back on top.

  8. "Good for new grads to learn, career progression not clear"

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    Current Employee - Software Tools Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Tools Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot, the company is in full on growth and innovation mode, there will be opportunities of learning and using latest cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, in terms of performance reviews it seems there is a threshold for how many employees can be rated as exceeds expectations. Company has had it's fair share of downs, lots of layoffs have affected morale across different teams

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to judge, tough decisions will be made in a company in turnaround mode, however recognizing high performers and showing them a clear progression path can lead to the company not loosing top talent.


  9. "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


  10. "Business Development consulting"

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    Former Contractor - Business Development Representative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Business Development Representative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am currently self employed

    Cons

    I am looking for more of a permanent and stable position.

    Advice to Management

    I bring many years of experience with strong skill set. I am loyal and dedicated.


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