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Updated October 20, 2017
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  1. "NOC Team Lead"

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    Former Employee - NOC Team Lead in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - NOC Team Lead in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company had a lot of potential and had been at the peak of its game. A lot of talent is still in the company.

    Cons

    low employee morale and other things that come with a company going down.

    Advice to Management

    Not really, they are not listening anyway.


  2. "The new BlackBerry"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have really made the transition to a software company. Their product is second to known.

    Cons

    The market still sees them a device company and the company is not investing enough (if any) in marketing/advertising. They are depending on word of mouth to change the image from hardware to software. As a result, they are not growing as fast as they would like to and management is under pressure to perform.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and allow enough time for reps to develop relationship with their customers. It took many years for the downfall of the company so it won't come back right away. Even though, the product set is ready.

  3. "Voracious middle management eats its own young"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Canadians are nice but underhanded

    Cons

    Middle management spends most of its time defending itself against "turf encroachment". Employees who have new ideas are not encouraged to reveal them. The most valued attribute here is the willingness to fill out forms for everything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop enforcing your outdated processes, actively seek new ideas from employees, break down walls.


  4. "Sales Development Representative-- Be Wary"

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    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good teammates
    -vitamin waters and cheddar ruffles fully stocked in kitchen

    Cons

    too many to list. summary: managers dont listen to the needs or suggestions of the SDRs. politics are inescapable. upper levels know why SDRs are struggling, and still nada is done to help them advance. individuals are singled out or fired without warning. micromanaging is an apparent factor. passive aggressive emails would get sent out on the daily.

    Advice to Management

    make changes or the good ones will continue to leave


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    "Losing it's Edge"

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    Current Employee - Acct Exe in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Acct Exe in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Salary Competitive, Some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations quota wise. Management not in touch with reality.

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep people you must improve the environment.


  6. "IT Systems Administrator"

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Extremely friendly environment with some of the smartest people I've met

    Cons

    A disconnect between middle management and their relations to other departments


  7. "Good"

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

    Pros

    Good crew, lots of fun activities, employees and co-ops all mingled well together

    Cons

    wanted to go back but no positions available

    Advice to Management

    they were good

  8. "Competitive Intelligence"

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    Former Employee - Competitive Intelligence in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Competitive Intelligence in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to develop technical expertise as well an incredible experience of rotation among different departments.

    Cons

    Corporate culture could be improved

    Advice to Management

    Great company to work in


  9. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company for career development

    Cons

    Brand is not doing good anymore


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, lots of perks, wonderful people in general

    Cons

    Not very stable in some departments, the future is still blurry

    Advice to Management

    Management did a fairly good job at maintaining transparency and openness, I have appreciated their approach.


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