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Updated March 15, 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. "Worst place to Land"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Maelstrom at its finest"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to high level executives
    amazing pay for the valley, matching 401K, and great benefits

    Cons

    constant confusion with management, unsure of which direction the company is going
    constant failure to provide a clear path to success / unknown future promotions
    constant turnover and unknown company vision
    still clinging onto the past of being a device company
    absolutely no culture, quiet, sterile, and lack luster products which result in zero attainment of skilled individuals

    Advice to Management

    change the culture, provide positivity for new graduate employees
    show a path of progress within the company and stick to a positive outline of employee growth
    the culture and constant unknown of stability causes the biggest headaches ever
    never ending M&A activity to revitalize a failed hardware company
    provide positivity and rewards for its employees - never once had a clear description of success


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits. They really paid well and gave you lots of perks as an employee which was appreciated.

    Cons

    Everything else. Management was a joke. The micro managing was over bearing. The inane details you needed to go through for every little thing was exhausting. I hated every part of my job there.


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    "Run away, most pathetic people around"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    - some flexible timings
    - many old school people working here who doesnt know much
    - good for people who are 45 or 50+ in their age.

    Cons

    - mostly all asians around who could hardly communicate
    - ghost town, people come in and go whenever they want
    - their interview, recruiting and background process sucks big time
    - they would do your background from last 15 years, your school grades, criminal, foreign degree if you have any, all employers you worked with.
    - have never dealt with any company who does such crap
    - talk to their director and executive HR you would know what type of people work there, no decency, super rude,old school people in their 60's

    Advice to Management

    - First of all your brand name is zero in the silicon valley.
    - If we say that I work for BlackBeryy they would say really? why do you work there? worst place to be there? company going to be bankrupt..this is the mindset people have about you
    - change your executive HR and your background process
    - in silicon valley, engineers already have 2-3 offers in hand and on top of that do you think they would go with such crap of background process? no way..you dont have a brand to attract people and on top you have 15 years background policy..
    - change your thinking


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, bad future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunrise, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented and caring people who work hard to carry out management direction. The company takes care of the employees even when they have to downsize.

    Cons

    The hardware direction of management is years behind the leaders in the sector and seems incapable of catching up in the near term.

    Advice to Management

    Look to innovate the hardware instead of trying to catch up with the leaders. More imagination is needed as to the possibility of big changes in the sector's direction. You missed one shift, take a chance on the next one.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Chen Must Go"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the employees are smart, talented folks.

    Cons

    I have said it for almost a year now, that John Chen is NOT the right person for the job. He clearly does not understand the business and is wearing 'blinders' as it relates to BB hardware.

    The management team he initially brought in (2013/2014) has been replaced multiple times and the middle management team is LOST.

    Advice to Management

    Gracefully remove John Chen and the group he brought in. His only accomplishment related to 'financials' was to reduce the workforce and sell off assets.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "What does Blackberry want to be ?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Yearly credit for health club, or exercise equipment

    Cons

    Still set in the ways of old - The company still has not really re-invented itself. Some customer's are still living in the dream world waiting for next "exciting" hardware devices.

    In many markets BB does NOT - I repeat does NOT have a good reputation. People are not looking to move back to the BES Server.

    Company is on a tight budget (as expected it would) it is reflected in everything they do.

    Some of the original employees remain - and they refuse to believe they are not on top of the mobility market. The arrogance shows and this will be the companies downfall.

    The company is bringing on 1st time job seekers in a tough competitive market

    The company does not know how to sell software - They still think they are selling HW devices.

    Advancement opportunities - Let me know.

    What culture? Employees wonder if they will have a job by tomorrow.

    Advice to Management

    - What does Blackberry want to be ? Make a decision already. Will this company continue down the path of old or recreate itself ? Sell the HW Business while there is still a company ! Reinvent the company now, before it is to late...the clock is ticking.


  9. "software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work on your resume enrichment for your next job. That's all.

    Cons

    Management is clueless about keeping engineers busy now that the phones are android based.
    You have to find and define your own task. Project management, what project management?

    Advice to Management

    Fire 1/2 the engineers and 90% of the deadwood directors. Catch a wakeup about what's going on at the cubicle level. Or do what Samsung does and implement dual functionality rather than accept Google's vanilla software.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Worst Employment Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was once a great Company with a small business mindset and work ethic.
    Great place to work if you like world wide travel. If you are lucky enough to go to the headquarters in Canada it is a beautiful country.

    Cons

    Very poor management talent. Very arrogant and unrealistic view of the marketplace.
    Poor job stability.
    The employees who actually work are tasked with everything.
    Poor opportunities for career advancement.
    Racism was a widespread problem
    Poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    The company must realize that its failures where largely based on its inability to retain top talent when it was on top due to low employee morale. It grew extremely fast and there was much chaos and extreme lack of organization. The top telecom companies have mastered these problems. Remember that its your employees that make your success possible.


  11. "Working at Blackberry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Sunrise, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Sunrise, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed environment, dedicated people, progressive technology, very professional employees, exists internal learning in a form of online and in class courses

    Cons

    In the recent years layoffs are unfortunately happening, which results in various cons like mood is not as great as before, stability of projects is problematic, which does not give a sense of stability both personal and company stability

    Advice to Management

    Main managers at the Sunrise location are incompetent and they do not even know the day to day that the technicians face. All that they are concerned with in the CSAT scores.



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