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Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Terrible work/life balance due to heavy workloads (in 41 reviews)

  • Senior management too focused on company to look at the changing markets outside (in 54 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

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

    Pros

    Could learn every step of development.

    Cons

    No clear direction for future


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good bonus and perks . Innovative company.

    Cons

    The decline of the company is due to the stubbornness of the management

  3. "Overall Positive Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Has shrunk to a small-business mentality, and it is easy to get things done

    Cons

    The company struggles with stiff competition from the industry


  4. "Senior Web Development Engineer"

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Mid level engineers are talented

    Cons

    Old folks needs to improve their skill.

    Advice to Management

    Some unexperienced people holding position which they don't deserve. Kindly review their skill set. This should definitely help to grow company.


  5. "good employer - not so good management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, diverse and multi-cultural, great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Some people leaders have no talent in managing teams or individuals. Not much transparency coming from the top. Promotion or growth limited.

    Advice to Management

    More and better communication, less hierarchy.


  6. "Team Lead Technical Writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great camaraderie, atmosphere, flexibility, and environment in our Bellevue office.

    Cons

    Lay offs were a constant depressant. Morale has been low for years.

    Advice to Management

    C-level leadership was almost always oblivious to market pressures. John Chen has a way forward.


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is really good

    Cons

    they are using old technology for most departments and projects

  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits. Amazing health care as well as dental and eye Care. Bonuses are also available which means the company is going in the right direction.

    Cons

    Limited/ Slow personal growth within the organization. There is more restructuring than employee centered activities that improve morale

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - hard work and execution is seen by management
    - Have been promoted twice in 2 years

    Cons

    - Company is on good path but has very poor marketing to explain the transition of device company to software
    - Quota far above industry norm and compensation below

    Advice to Management

    - Spend more on marketing or get acquired already.


  10. "Communications"

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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

    Pros

    ~ PTO = accrues up to 4 weeks in year 1, plus paid holidays + sick days.
    ~ Decent salary
    ~ Health benefits have low premiums

    Cons

    Horrible! You DO NOT want to work here. Here's why:
     ~ Lack of vision: the new management team that John Chen brought from Sybase doesn't know what to do to make the company profitable. They are all sitting around looking to cash out on their shares.
    ~ Lack of innovation: company has become a follower of technology rather that an innovator.
    ~ No direction: expect to receive, no goals or objectives from your direct Manager or to get them a week prior your performance review, which is totally subjective.
    ~ A ruthless culture: John Chen has reduced all the benefits that used to make this a great company to work for. There's zero recognition for your seniority in the company now, your severance is capped at 3-month independently of how long you have worked for the company. All key jobs are being transitioned to San Ramon, California and they have been laying off employees without announcing it non-stop to relocate jobs to California even when it is a Canadian based company. I don't know how the Board lets them get away with that, knowing that is not a cost-efficient decision.
    ~ Click Culture: preferential treatment towards Sybase employees over others. They receive larger bonuses and act with a sense of entitlement over other employees.
    ~ Worst environment for women: BlackBerry doesn't like to promote women to positions of leadership and if they do it's only for the short-term. You have a 90% of being laid-off the minute you return from maternity leave, the company has done this multiple times. I guess someone must have given them a pass with the Department of Labor.
    ~ You are expected to be available 24/7 regardless of your pay grade and without recognition for working on holidays, weekends, etc.
    ~ Lack of Flexibility: Your Manager will have flexible telecommuting benefits, but he will require you to come to the office.

    Advice to Management

    The Board needs to intervene or what is left of this iconic brand will be run down to the ground. You keep on forgetting your most important asset: your employees. Sell it while you still can.


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