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BlackBerry Toronto Reviews

Updated December 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Once a great place to work and grow career-wise"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, but only within certain groups. Lots of smart people with great potential across various groups.

    Cons

    - Lack of career growth
    - Lack of investment in employees
    - Lack of clear vision or strategy that makes sense
    - Lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and at least pretend to care about them. Employees are your most precious resource. There are many talented individuals who could have contributed above and beyond to make a positive impact. Give them the tools, encouragement, and most importantly - opportunity to do so. Invest in them.


  2. "not that great"

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    Former Employee - Software Tester in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Tester in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    new office space, nuttin really good

    Cons

    no growth, company is losing money, limited career growth

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Culture for failure"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong people can coast and get good performance reviews.

    Cons

    Top down culture where the best ideas don't win.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a groundswell of idea creation.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, lost their way but trying to get back up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Good people, great executive management, excellent benefits

    Cons

    in some departments it's not what you know but who you know

    Advice to Management

    Executive management should randomly check Director level or below if they are doing their job properly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A ton of potential soiled by lack of vision and leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Very employee centric, provided numerous training opportunities all paid for and a lot of perks.

    Cons

    The vision & strategy just wasn't aligned. Departments working next door from each other were doing the same thing as each other unbeknownst to one another - focused on people leadership rather than a balance between skill leadership and of course - not remaining in-tune to the market and listening to employee feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the power and potential within your people. Rely on those who execute on the companies strategy to be a good gauge to guide you into future success.


  6. "Limited growth"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work on cool products and against market pressure... so there was a fight

    Cons

    bad management, overworked employees, very little training or growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    take more care of your employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Career killer, but with potential."

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides comfortable working environment. It still has some great people left. Global company with many locations and "good" reputation.

    Cons

    Career killer. My carrier and professional networking slowed to a crawl. There is no hi-tech culture/ feeling in the company. The management did not have a good handle on what is going on in the company. Maybe it will change now.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Develop them and keep them challenged. Improve your perks. Create a hi-tech culture.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized organizational mess"

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    Former Intern - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Programmer Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many different locations to use from
    A free phone to use
    Ice cream in the summer

    Cons

    Moved around since the company was reorganizing people
    Difficult to make suggestions to management
    Given the worst phone to use and didn't even have a texting plan
    No maternity leave


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Constant redundancies, uncertainty and chaos."

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    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Engineers and employees. Lots of dedicated people at lower levels.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at senior levels

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the company quickly and re-engage what is left of your workforce.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "An empire in decline"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. If you live in Waterloo you enjoy a low cost of living relative to Toronto. Great opportunity to tackle interesting work.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is based on conflict which is difficult to endure. Really bad morale because of all the layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Admitting you have a problem is the first step.


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