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Updated March 24, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is great, until they need people to work on weekends (in 39 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good working environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Monroe, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Monroe, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Due to layoffs employees were asked to take on more work and unfortunately did not receive the necessary salary increases

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more and allow more employees to work form home


  2. "work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    good place to work and good people

    Cons

    bad weather and bad food


  3. "Marketing Automation Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company where anyone has the opportunity to make large impacts.

    Cons

    Large company that is trying to reinvent itself and has some challenging work ahead of it.


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  5. "Worst place to Land"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, unless you are desperate.

    Cons

    Management micro manages everything. Company has no clue how to retain good employees. Management makes life miserable.


  6. "A turnaround...as in turn around and walk away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are pretty good. 401k match is nice.

    It's not a hard job. If you are close to retirement or looking for a career break, it can be ok.

    There are some pretty nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No strategy: The company is grasping at straws and there is no follow through.

    Depressing environment: There's no joy. People are just fearful and trying to hang on or find their next job. It's not fun to work here.

    Management doesn't care about the company, only the stock: No one is trying to build a great company here. They only want to move the stock in the short term. That hasn't worked but they keep trying anyways.

    Yes men everywhere: There are a surprising number of people who do nothing but nod when their boss speaks and push paper.

    Declining talent: Many of the best people have left.

    People in the wrong jobs: As there have been layoffs people have found shelter positions they just don't know how to do. Others have been brought in from Sybase because they knew someone. They have no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your company, not your stock. This isn't a quick turnaround. Decide on a few things you think you can do and markets you can serve. Accept that you are probably going to be, at best, a niche provider for financial services and government not a huge company. Focus on rebuilding the company and its products after a well defined target. Quit grasping at straws or chasing companies who see a sudden, and often temporary, pop in their valuation especially when you have no IP in that area and no plan to get any. Focus on the company and the stock will follow, not the other way around. Otherwise, eventually investors will notice the emperor has no clothes.


  7. "Not the best, not the worst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is pretty good, lower level management really cares about their people.

    Cons

    No real growth opportunities, low employee investment, upper management actively looks for ways to lay people off.


  8. "Lots of Growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Sunrise, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent pay
    good culture

    excellent job for a college student fresh out of college, or the semi-entry level young professional.

    Work to life ratio was decent, not terribly overwhelming.

    Cons

    company seems to fluctuate, lots of layoffs since leaving BlackBerry, hopefully the situation gets sorted over

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fast-paced work environment with good people all around"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is made up of smart, motivated people that are following a vision to see a once great company through a downturn. BlackBerry is involved in so much beyond mobile hardware and communicating who we are to any organization interested in secure mobility is quite a bit of fun.

    Cons

    There is a general public perception that BlackBerry = smartphone = failure. But there is opportunity and fulfillment in overcoming those objections.

    Advice to Management

    Continue your investment and goal alignment between sales and marketing


  10. "EA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Very nice people on the local level who try to create the best products and create a good work environment

    Cons

    Restrictive Processes put in place by the very Senior Management - inefficiencies are created by these processes which leaves most everyone spinning their wheels.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the employees more


  11. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    I think at this point, there could be a lot of potential, but it really depends on where the company wants to take itself at this point.

    Cons

    I think the most difficult thing about working at this employer is that the outlook is very risk. Everything is always uncertain, and the company is too reactive, rather than proactive. I think it's an issue of culture.

    Advice to Management

    I think the company should be a lot more humble to its clients/customers, especially now. The company should be a lot less arrogant..



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