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BlackBerry Toronto Reviews

Updated October 30, 2016
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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. "Blackberry intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of support from IT team. Very easy to set up stuffs and test things.
    My team was using some really cut edge framework and libraries. Overall it is a very good experience.

    Cons

    Not much things to say


  2. "Good place to learn, develop skills as a co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Many internal resources to learn about company, tools, BlackBerry platform; tools to suggest internal improvements to management
    - Close-knit team
    - Very collaborative; everyone is pretty open to helping everyone else

    Cons

    - Scrum/sprint meetings were overly long; a lot of the topics could have been put off to one-on-ones
    - Employee moral is at a low


  3. "Student Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Student Systems Software Developer in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Systems Software Developer in Etobicoke, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice environment to start career
    ample access to all the technology

    Cons

    no cons as per me

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for giving such an opportunities to new grad


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  5. "Great Company"

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    Former Intern - Systems Software Development Student in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Systems Software Development Student in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Shared a lot of responsibilities. Actively involved in the core project. Colleagues are passionate and experienced. Actually learned practical knowledge in systems development. Clear work-life separation.

    Cons

    There were changes in management all the time. There's little restrictions to working time. It's a bit tricky to learn time management here. There's been layoff of other teams which might affect people's view on its stability.

    Advice to Management

    Looking forward to more flattened management styles. It's getting better but there is still much work to be done.


  6. "Test"

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

    Pros

    Very good working environment and good team

    Cons

    work overtime some times but provide very good lunch

    Advice to Management

    Very good


  7. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, vacation, benefits, location, team

    Cons

    Moral, direction, focus, spotlight, stock value

    Advice to Management

    Find a way


  8. "Helpful experience in BlackBerry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since the launch of brand new operation system BlackBerry 10, the company is getting better. Most developers work on the new OS. Also the working atmosphere in the office is great.

    Cons

    The company went down in last few years and some customers may feel negative about the company and its products.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work topics and ownership

    Cons

    Going through a rough time and instability in terms of job security and work ownership

    Advice to Management

    Transparency with employees and more importantly customers


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great starter job dependent on Team and Project"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture where a new grad can easily build his/her portfolio. A very young and eager crowd. Seniors are very helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    If you're unlucky enough to get stuck on a really boring, uninteresting project, there's not much you can do. Like any software company, it's about the project and the people so it's hit or miss.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to complain about the seniors. They are quite friendly. Maybe even too friendly as constructive criticism is very healthy in a professional environment.


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