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BlackBerry Toronto Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  • Terrible work/life balance due to heavy workloads (in 41 reviews)

  • Senior management too focused on company to look at the changing markets outside (in 54 reviews)

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  1. "It was Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Test Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team members all work together closely, Cross department soccer matches kept the day to day work interesting. Best 3 years.

    Cons

    Management was not involved with day to day operations and had little knowledge of the products their teams built

    Advice to Management

    Learn the product, then learn your employees,


  2. "Good Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on the complete software + hardware stack. One of the few companies that does everything E2E

    Cons

    Mobile challenges + attrition + layoffs can affect morale. Need to be strong willed and be able to absorb such changes around you.

  3. "Turnaround phase not easy."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting challenges day to day work.

    Cons

    Not a clear vision especially in the turnaround phase.
    Breakdown in communication between senior level managements.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to each other and listen to employees.


  4. "Sr. Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, challenging but very interesting work.

    Cons

    slow to change designs relative to competition

    Advice to Management

    listen to your comstomers


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director in Vaughan, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovation, interesting projects, great people

    Cons

    company constantly downsizing and depreciating their brand


  6. "Test"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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. "Great work experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Had a good experience despite the company's hardships"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Data Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My peers were very talented and knowledgeable. I learned a lot while I was there and there was good opportunity to network.

    Cons

    The overall culture was suffering at the time that I was there due to many hardships that the company faced. There were constantly changes being made that had serious impacts on the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your place in the market and play to that


  9. "Limited growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Fast career progression if you work hard and deliver results.
    - Friendly environment with flexible work hours.
    - Open to innovation and let you gets your hands dirty and deliver something beautiful.
    - There are many talented people.

    Cons

    - Round of lay offs caused disengagements in employees and low in moral.
    - Politics and complains are at the top peak.
    - Managers are chicken.
    - Career progress slowed down.

    Advice to Management

    After the massive change in senior leadership, it was heading into the right direction, but some of the mid level Managers still have no clues where the company is heading and fail to provide clear direction to their team. Team Leads from many groups do a far more better jobs than those few lazy managers. Some of them got lucky in the past and landed in management role because company was growing fast and their bosses got promoted, not earned by hard work. These are the managers need to go, period. Need more strong managers with strong voice, credibility and know how to run a team and deal with daily issues.


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