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Updated March 22, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is great, until they need people to work on weekends (in 39 reviews)

  • Senior management too focused on company to look at the changing markets outside (in 53 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    I came to BlackBerry at a graduate level, and was immediately given opportunities to work on a global scale with senior-level stakeholders. After several years here, I have had exposure to numerous projects as well as challenging and exciting day-to-day work. Compensation wise, I am rewarded very well and manage to maintain a good work-life balance with our flexible working policy (core hours 10am-4pm)

    Overall, BlackBerry has been a fantastic company to experience at this stage in my career - and even better that I get to work a fantastic team!

    Cons

    As with most large companies, BlackBerry is very process driven. I have had the chance to implement and improve some of these processes - however some others are hard to influence.

    Advice to Management

    Take on board advice from employees to consolidate processes in order to achieve faster results. Other that that, it is a great company to be a part of


  2. "BlackBerry Learning Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Having worked at BlackBerry for over 4 years, in Egham and then Slough it was a great company to work for:
    - Culture
    - People
    - Work hard but good work life balance
    - Bonus

    Cons

    There was only a couple and these were around the very very confusing bonus system and the bureaucratic involvement we had to have with the North American GLS team.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - we had a few "Skip level" meeting however nothing seem to come from them, not even feedback that we were listened to.


  3. "Good opportunities, exciting time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Start up feel environment, but big enough to make ideas happen. Lots of responsibility, and ability to make things your own.

    Cons

    Sometimes excessive red tape and box ticking.

    Advice to Management

    Try to clean up some of the red tape that slows people down unnecessarily.


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  5. "Senior management given too long a rein."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When allowed to be customer focused it is a great place to work as can make a difference when dealing with partners at grass roots.

    Cons

    Some senior managers are allowed to do their own thing and ignore processes (MAP) and relationship management to get a quick win/buck.

    Advice to Management

    Check to see if senior managers are telling the truth.


  6. "Employee resew"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BlackBerry part-time

    Pros

    Great to work with a family run business.

    Cons

    have to work on most/ all weekend.

    Advice to Management

    everyone should follow the same rules.


  7. "Great company let down by poor mgmt."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager/Carrier Technical Management in Brentford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager/Carrier Technical Management in Brentford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to work for, cutting edge technology back in the day. Innovation way ahead of its time.

    Cons

    Poor work place management, a lot of nepotism and friend culture lead to loss of talent recognition and eventually high attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that the remaining talent is recognized and rewarded. Motivation is key to ensure professional work ethics.


  8. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomous role, which allows you to manage expectations

    Cons

    Difficult environment, zero opportunites, no support structure

    Advice to Management

    support your employees


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    "Once again, the place to be in Mobility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent product line following key acquisitions, superb benefits, excellent can-do culture is returning, management are all pulling the company in the same direction - software.

    Cons

    External perception, although that is steadily changing as the analysts and commentators see what is happening and the reaction of customers

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going, make onboarding and IT easier, work hard/play hard


  10. "Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional outfit, reasonable employee relations

    Cons

    Everyone wondering who is going next, toxic atmosphere


  11. "Balckberry employee review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    One of the best working environments. Flexibility & amount of support commendable.

    Cons

    Not much scope for process improvement (may be due to the financial unstabilty)



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