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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Had a very positive experience working for BlackBerry."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BlackBerry was a very progressive company with good pay and benefit plan. It allowed for alot of personal growth and development and the autonomy it gave mid level managers/leaders of the business was pretty good.

    Cons

    At the end BB became a company that had lost its focus on the enterprise business which is one reason for it's troubles today.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, leadership does not have all of the answers.


  2. "Nature of work is good and satisfying"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got good work and complete responcibiity.

    Cons

    I think, I was not paid reasonably for my skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Pay reasonably to the employees for their skills

  3. "It used to be a great place to work but things have changed recently...."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Nice Work Culture and Diverse team members around the globe.

    Cons

    Management has made numerous mistakes and hence the company is doing bad now.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee feedback and understand the currents needs of the consumers in the real world


  4. "Very strange company..."

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

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

    Pros

    People are nice and willing to help

    Cons

    Lack of decision making at all levels of the company.

    Advice to Management

    stop micro managing


  5. "Interesting!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HW Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - HW Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to have good salary.
    Used to have fun projects.

    Cons

    Going down hill. Fast. Bye

    Advice to Management

    Figure out whats happening


  6. "A good company slides further behind"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work on strong products, good compensation. The work environment is very good, there have been so many cuts that all of your coworkers are really good at what they do.

    Cons

    It has been tiring to work with the threat of layoff over your head for the past few years. Therw is very little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    The problem is with marketing and getting the big name app makers to work with you. If you can't fix those, you can have the best device on the market and it won't sell.


  7. "WWe"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Opportunities to cross-train with other team members. Flexible hours - as in you have the option to work from home as schedules of your team allow.
    Good insurance and 401K.
    Tuition reimbursement for studies related to your field of work.
    Free BlackBerry while you are employed.

    Cons

    Current atmosphere is emotionally draining. Everyone is working so hard to keep the company relevant that it is taking a toll on everyone. Execs are trying so hard to keep a positive spin on their efforts to make the right changes but they aren't seeing that the average worker in the field is facing burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the workers and listen to what we have to say, without our managers. Don't rely on the surveys. Those are left for interpretation and you just aren't getting our message.

  8. "Great place to work a few years ago; not anymore"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people, who are passionate about the company and the product (though that is changing), very fast speed of execution; autonomy and latitude to take on new projects and execute.

    Cons

    Clearly, the market conditions have taken a toll on the work culture and employee morale. Sad story of another great company going/gone down the tubes.
    Lack of product innovation, understanding the market and realizing that the world extend beyond Waterloo & Canada. Growth clearly behind it.
    Recognition and promotions were more often than not; based on factors other than merit.
    Very little straight-talk. Management tends to live in la-la land.

    Advice to Management

    Salvage value now.
    1. Clearly you can excel in MDM, you still do email/PIM better than anybody else
    2. Focus on BBM cross-platform and BBM Channels. You can become a formidable OTT player with those
    3. Patents - there is still some value
    4. HW business - Run, you don't have a future


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hoping for a better future"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Blackberry offers competitive salary and benefits. Employees usually get to participate in Beta program for the next generation phones. Also there's friendly working environment and nice people to work with.

    Cons

    There could be long working hours and release schedules usually are very aggressive. Company is undergoing some tough time trying to turn around right now.


  10. "Fast paced and demanding work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard problems to solve, very smart and interesting people, own the entire system and OS, canadian company

    Cons

    Process and management are a burden and not very organized, too many middle level managers, market realities force overtime work all times of the year

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate and reduce the amount of middle management, provide clear leadership from VP's down through all employees, do not overwork your people or you will lose them, listen to your engineers


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