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BlackBerry Toronto Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  1. "software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary package
    medical benefits
    work-life balance

    Cons

    things take time to happen in company, stigma of big corporate firm.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best place to be right now."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dental plan, salary, benefits, work flexibility.

    Cons

    Heavy processes, unmotivated and demotivated people, complacency, slow to adapt to changes. Constantly laying off people, lots of pressure.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Blackberry renaissance non-existent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    average benefits and compensation
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Blackberry has been cutting staff over the last several years; leaving the employee to pick up the pieces.

    Advice to Management

    Now that you've divested into all these sub-products and services its time to pick one and "make Blackberry great again!"


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Working during BlackBerry's hard times"

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

    Pros

    My tenure at BlackBerry (formerly RIM) began when they were at their largest. This meant that I had access to some of the best resources was dealing with partners around the world.

    Cons

    My tenure at BlackBerry (formerly RIM) ended during their tumultuous downturn. It felt like every few months people were getting laid off and there were no expectations for when it would end. During a two year period the company went through three CEOs, definitely a sign of the hard times.

    Advice to Management

    Manage expectations. This was the biggest gap I saw in management capabilities. Most employees were left working confused or contradictory to the plan as there was no plan communicated.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It was great while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Back in the day, it was a great place to work!

    Cons

    Obvious as this point, I'd think.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "performance specialist"

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    Former Employee - Performance Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Performance Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of things you can learn technologically in this company. Good opportunity for carrer growth. competitive pay and salary.

    Cons

    Depending on the team, and your personality, work - life balance can be tough sometimes. All depends on your boss. Rumors of lay-offs are counter productive.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes I felt, management is selling their achievements and opportunities within the company a lot compared to the outside world. It seems like a bubble where they live. It'd be a better place if the management could agree to think beyond that bubble and acknowledge the reality outside it.


  7. "Great place, lots of flexibility"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place as it offers flexibility and growth.

    Cons

    Most jobs are in Waterloo which is not convenient if you are in the GTA.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, Variety, Quiet, Big working space

    Cons

    No clear vision, A lot of layoff


  9. "Great work experience"

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    At a team by team level the best I have work with, in terms of working together and technical know how. Learn a lot from your peers

    Cons

    Prepare for layoffs. Often unclear what direction senior management is taking the company. Directives from above not translating into results at the execution level.


  10. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Payroll Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    gave me great experience. They took a chance on me when I moved internally into a position I was still studying.

    Cons

    discovered that experience is way more important to them than a personality. I was end dated and the only one person they kept in the department was the one who didn't play well with others, but she had uber experience. I was glad I was end dated, I don't want to work for a company like that.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at more than experience when you decide who to keep when you have to downsize.


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