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Updated April 20, 2017
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  • Terrible work/life balance due to heavy workloads (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1. "SDET"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very friendly enviroment

    Cons

    Small office in Bellevue and minimum facilities

    Advice to Management

    Need to more clear on the direction the company is going


  2. "A place with great benefits, culture and direction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Media Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Social Media Analyst in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    During my time here (peak of their success), I very much believe the company had a great culture surrounding it with very process-driven functions where needed, but open to small department-wide changes through two-way feedback dialogue and embraced knowledge sharing across the organization. Work life balance was a great pro.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, top level leadership was not malleable enough to realize where the future of tech was heading until it was too late, this heavily impacted the culture then and even today. Also, although their benefits were amazing, the pay was usually lower than the market. The lack of training and growth opportunities was disappointing and usually making a transition from one group to another was not a very easy one to make unless you worked in headquarters (Canada).

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to invest into your team's career growth through more elective-style courses and not just the mandatory OSHA and related annual lessons. At the very least, do it for your leadership roles to help bring back the culture you once used to be.


  3. "Security Assurance R&D Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Inter in Irving, TX
    Former Intern - Inter in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small team.
    Good environment
    Work From Home perks

    Cons

    Converting Interns to Full time positions.

    Advice to Management

    Provide, lunch or some snacks.


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  5. "Experience as an Intern with BlackBerry's device software team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cary, NC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation. Good exposure to emerging technologies. Great team and HR.

    Cons

    Company is not in a great shape.


  6. "Good working environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "A bit too corporate, but good for interns"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Test Student in Cary, NC
    Former Intern - Software Test Student in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very amicable and professional management. They are generally capable and prefer encouragement to dictation.
    - Compensation, especially for an intern, was above average. They seem to value their interns.
    - Very little micromanagement. They work with you if you need help (which you likely have to ask for proactively).
    - In general, the office environment is relaxed and soft. People mingle about non-work stuff, which is inviting, but they won't stand next to your desk chatting with one of your neighbors for 30 minutes and distract you. People tend to keep to their work.
    - The stress of the workflow seems to be harder on employees than interns, which is just a pro for interns, unfortunately

    Cons

    - Work-Life balance is great, until they need people to work on weekends. Sometimes Upper Management wants a ton of results by a deadline and it means weekend work to get it done.
    - Backfills for people who leave are slow to happen
    - Onboarding for interns can be rocky and difficult. There isn't always documentation for one to follow, which is especially difficult for first-term interns.
    - Scrum environment is typical scrum, which isn't always a bad thing, but meetings are either not conversational enough or not moderated well for time by managers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to take the corporate spirit (or lack thereof) out of the office, as much as possible. Keep encouraging rather than dictating. Don't work so hard to have more events or parties, work on making the work side of things more enjoyable.


  8. "Software QA Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software QA Engineer in Burlingame, CA
    Current Contractor - Software QA Engineer in Burlingame, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perfect product, great team, good location

    Cons

    no career opportunities, low compensation and benefits


  9. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is good place to work for people

    Cons

    The market is not good and need enhance market and sales


  10. "Senior UX designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big international company - a lot of great people, many different and interesting projects. You can create software for all platforms and clients from whole world.

    Cons

    It's hard to get acceptation for extra training connected with airplane travel, but it's not a problem. I can live with that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going. From my perspective I have no advices.


  11. "Attorney"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counsel in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Counsel in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous responsibility and ability to do many things to expand your skill set.

    Cons

    Company is trying to turn around. Unstable and future uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit the views of your employees more in a meaningful way.


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