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Updated February 5, 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    "Beta Software Test Student (Co-op)"

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    Former Employee - Beta Software Test Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Beta Software Test Student in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely loved working there, the environment is very ripe with opportunity and the support provided by my immediate leaders was great. I was able to pitch an idea and see it come to life within my tenure which was awesome to witness. John Chen was always very welcoming and honest about where the company stood and thats what I loved the most, honesty with a gameplan.

    Cons

    None, I absolutely loved it,

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  2. "Improving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch every friday
    Business casual
    Facetime with top executives

    Cons

    Company shows little interest in having a fun culture

    Advice to Management

    1 event a year that is very boring is not a good way to make people feel engaged and create a fun atmosphere to come to everyday

  3. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of growth within the company, very fast paced

    Cons

    Unorganized time when working there


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Still in turn around phase"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok technology, low pressure sales environment, good people in my office

    Cons

    poor management, doesn't communicate corporate changes effectively, no sales support, lack of basic lead gen tools


  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    I don't know the pros.

    Cons

    We're not hiring. It's not good.

    Advice to Management

    Please encourage staff to work hard.


  6. "Sw Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fast paced good technical people

    Cons

    Long hours , not enough stock benefits

    Advice to Management

    less hierarchy more stock options


  7. Helpful (3)

    "old company made evident in values and processes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    • Snacks and Drinks
    • Friday Lunches

    Cons

    • Poor on-boarding, very much a "figure it out yourself" process
    • No org culture with no desire to improve or even establish one
    • Low standards in quality of work "a bad product is better than no product" mentality
    • Strong lack of desire to develop internal talent, prefer new hires instead of promoting within
    • Complicated. No process is ever simple or easy

    This is an old company with an out-dated way of thinking and doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Need to build "Outside - In" communication and review channels

  8. "Strategic Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It WAS fun to see the change from hardware to software and be part of the comeback.

    Cons

    The comeback fizzled. No new product development and CEO specifically called out the poor quality of the latest software solution at the kickoff. ...no remedy offered.

    Advice to Management

    If value is what you want to sell, then gain trust from the customer. Last minute pushes for large renewal purchases and significant markdowns to incent them won't help to sustain the company.


  9. "Strategic Account Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Leading edge technology and belief in the cyber security play

    Cons

    Executive sale, marketing, operations and channel leadership

    Advice to Management

    Get out from behind your desk and hear what customers think about BB, not just the Kool Aid. Large customers still don't trust BB enough to move from a solid competitor to a recovering company like BB.


  10. "Cushy job with little security"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    People and cushy job. The benefits are good. Some employees get to work from home permanently. Other than that, there isn’t much any pros.

    Cons

    The technology is dead. Always afraid of being laid off next because of low stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus. Why are we working on cars if we can’t even get people to use our phones?