BlackBerry Reviews

Updated Aug 10, 2020

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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen
John Chen
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (8)

    "Great people and team atmosphere"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are wonderful, very welcoming. Very diverse set of skills and abilities within the organization. Never short from learning on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult. It may be unique to my role given I'm in security and monitoring. BlackBerry has a hard rule from working from home which has only gotten more extreme. Before it was casual and if you had a good reason, I'm thinking some people abused the freedom we had. Unfortunately this has stifled my family life and I feel like I'm always in the office.

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  2. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great People, Great Management, Great Benefits, Great place to work

    Cons

    I have no cons to report. I truly love where I work, finally...


  3. "Engineering: good working enviornment"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Work with intelligent, motivated and forward looking people

    Cons

    Vision from the upper management not clear enough

  4. "Inside Sales"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Great Manager during my time

    Cons

    Market unawareness of the company

  5. Helpful (3)

    "A 20th century tech company struggling to be relevant."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Engineering 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Still have some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Company places little value on employees. Below industry benefits and salaries. C level executives are more interested in stroking their own egos than driving the company forward. Company has no desire to truly invest in the products they have. Company doesn't know how to operate in a modern security space. Followers not leaders.

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  6. Helpful (7)

    "CEO and his Sybase Buds"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Product in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good health perks Great people at the worker level

    Cons

    No marketing budgets John Chen keeps his Sybase buddies employees no matter how toxic.

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Time for a Regime Change"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Strong overall vision with a lot of potential 2) Opportunity for change

    Cons

    1) Executive Leadership 2) Lack of Innovation 3) Culture is very political and focused on following out of date processes designed to save the company money rather than do what is best for the future of the company. While John Chen may have been the right person to save the company he is not the right person to execute a growth strategy.

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  8. COVID-19
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    "Conservative, 1980s, Dying SW Company...If You Like That Sort of Thing"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You may get the opportunity to work in the Cylance division BlackBerry acquired and gain valuable experiences to industry (you basically have to be hired into the Cylance dept because it will take months for a non-Cylance BlackBerry employee to get transferred into the department).

    Cons

    The BlackBerry execs are not with SW reality and its reflective in the Cylance worker attrition happening. I came to BlackBerry via Cylance purchase and I would not have taken a job at the BlackBerry proper. So my "career opportunities" and "compensation" ratings comes with caveats because I was in the Cylance dept where I felt I had lots of great opportunities valuable to industry. BlackBerry is the opposite of Cylance. Cylance was a very aggressive, modern, forward thinking SW company that offered great salaries and bonuses to attract top talent because Cylance was shooting for the moon. BlackBerry is the opposite, they are one of the few security SW companies not hiring or growing or making money in the COVID-19 WFH paradigm. In fact the BlackBerry execs there are even against a WFH or remote-work policy. Seriously. Some people do it, get away with it, but if the BlackBerry execs really had their way, they'd ban it. During the COVID-19 lockdown crisis it was Cylance leadership that took the initial lead to start sending people home, not BlackBerry execs whose company owned Cylance- BlackBerry execs waited until the last moment to where they were forced to lock things up by the governments. With security companies trying to cash in on the WFH paradigm with various WFH security solutions, do you really think BlackBerry is going to be successful selling a WFH SW solution to potential customers when the BlackBerry execs deep down don't believe in it and are not at all experienced in managing a WFH or remote-worker workforce? BlackBerry's reliance on QNX sales is another worry- one reason the company is hurting is because of lack of car sales in the current state of the economy. Automotive grade Linux is the fastest growing (and free) autonomous OS, and if the company's past on how it handled the iPhone/Android threat is any judge, there is more hurt to come for the company. If you search finance.yahoo.com you will find rumors of a company takeover (in addition to seeing a low-stock price). Where there is smoke there's fire, but a company takeover may be the best thing that happens to the company. If it happens it should happen soon because BlackBerry is slowly killing its biggest asset, the Cylance division. BB is not even with society taboos and movements. For example, the company observes Columbus day and has it a paid holiday but does not have MLK as an official paid company holiday. What would these latest protests think about that? The two touchiest subjects this year are COVID and BLACK-LIVES-MATTER and BlackBerry fails miserably at both. Note, HR exit could be messy. They overpaid me a paltry amount (enough for like 1/2 month rent in a 1 bedroom apartment not located in California) on my last paycheck and threatened legal action if I don't pay it back. How about owning up to mistakes like I'm expected to do every day? Also note on HR exit: PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS ONE- YOUR TERMINATION/EXIT DATE IS THE DAY YOU LOSE HEALTHCARE COVERAGE. I've worked for 3 respectable companies before this one, all gave me 30 days health coverage after my termination date, plenty of time to work out health care coverage going into the next job. Not BlackBerry.

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    "Stay Away"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If mediocrity is your style, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Leadership team is out of touch. Environment is overly political, siloed and innovation is actively discouraged. No 401K match, medical is expensive, and employee incentive plans are designed to save the company money.

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  10. Helpful (8)

    "Hard pass"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work from home is a decent plus. Pay is okay.

    Cons

    No unified message after acquisition of Cylance. Not a "real" cybersecurity company. Too many offerings to sell, but most don't work. No advancement opportunities. Reported manager issues and HR did nothing. Pay not in line with industry. John Chen is mostly focused on his bottom line.

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