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BlackBerry Toronto Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    High tech company with some future growth potential

    Cons

    Company is still in restructuring mode


  4. "Friendly work environment, Not much to do on web application side."

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    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and environment, Learnt a lot about professional software development.

    Cons

    They were undergoing reorg ,cutting projects and there wasn't a lot to do.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know what your new hires will be doing for the duration of their internship.


  5. "Okay experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Team members are very friendly and are always ready to help
    Internal dev tools help a lot
    Nice looking building...

    Cons

    No cafeteria, have to eat in your own cube if you bring your own lunch
    People around don't seem passionate about what they are working on...

    Advice to Management

    I really have nothing to say (you may know what I mean)


  6. "As an intern, you are treated like a full-time employee in terms of workload."

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    Former Intern - Software Testing Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Testing Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Office culture is very friendly
    2) Very flexible in terms of working hours

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    You are doing great


  7. "Great company to work for with many talented employees."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great base salary, benefits and perks. Fantastic opportunity to be exposed with high-end technologies and infrastructure.

    Cons

    It took a long time for the company to get back on track again and too many amazing employees were lost when the company went through restructuring.

  8. "Good salary, lots of opportunities to learn new things, but too Waterloo-centric and lacked innovation."

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    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Despite the current sentiment of the company, working at RIM/BlackBerry was always a conversation starter, benefits were good, salary was good, generally good people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, lack of direction, lack of decision making, too top heavy, upward movement was difficult to attain, too Waterloo-centric (leading back to lack of innovation)

    Advice to Management

    Do the opposite of what was done between 2010 and 2013, move the headquarters to (or hire more in) Toronto or Silicon Valley, reduce the number of middle-aged, rural-based developers trying to make product decisions.


  9. 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.


  10. "Pretty good for a workplace"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is embedded into the culture
    Despite the company having grown so much, that part of the culture still remains
    But this depends on the job function too.

    Cons

    Market conditions, bad media and layoffs do affect morale

    Advice to Management

    I think there has been a lot less politics this year and much clearer focus towards the future.


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