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Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. "SE Internship in Redwood City"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at BBRY was an incredible learning experience for me. It built the foundation for my career. I'm not much of a person to `hail corporate`, but every time I check BRRY stock prices I always hope it's gotten higher. I feel indebted to this company, and wish it the best success.

    Cons

    Honestly kind of pedestrian (boring) to later experiences I had. Isn't the absurd Bay Area internship experience others might be expecting. Intern salary isn't ridiculous like other SV companies. As I like to say when I talk about my resume to recruiters, "not the hottest company". You probably won't get a return offer due to financial issues and growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on moving. Keep on improving.


  2. "SDET"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very friendly enviroment

    Cons

    Small office in Bellevue and minimum facilities

    Advice to Management

    Need to more clear on the direction the company is going


  3. "A place with great benefits, culture and direction."

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    Former Employee - Social Media Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Social Media Analyst in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    During my time here (peak of their success), I very much believe the company had a great culture surrounding it with very process-driven functions where needed, but open to small department-wide changes through two-way feedback dialogue and embraced knowledge sharing across the organization. Work life balance was a great pro.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, top level leadership was not malleable enough to realize where the future of tech was heading until it was too late, this heavily impacted the culture then and even today. Also, although their benefits were amazing, the pay was usually lower than the market. The lack of training and growth opportunities was disappointing and usually making a transition from one group to another was not a very easy one to make unless you worked in headquarters (Canada).

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to invest into your team's career growth through more elective-style courses and not just the mandatory OSHA and related annual lessons. At the very least, do it for your leadership roles to help bring back the culture you once used to be.


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  5. "Security Assurance R&D Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Inter in Irving, TX
    Former Intern - Inter in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small team.
    Good environment
    Work From Home perks

    Cons

    Converting Interns to Full time positions.

    Advice to Management

    Provide, lunch or some snacks.


  6. "Experience as an Intern with BlackBerry's device software team"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cary, NC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation. Good exposure to emerging technologies. Great team and HR.

    Cons

    Company is not in a great shape.


  7. "Worst place to Land"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, unless you are desperate.

    Cons

    Management micro manages everything. Company has no clue how to retain good employees. Management makes life miserable.


  8. "Good working environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Monroe, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Monroe, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Due to layoffs employees were asked to take on more work and unfortunately did not receive the necessary salary increases

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more and allow more employees to work form home


  9. "A bit too corporate, but good for interns"

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    Former Intern - Software Test Student in Cary, NC
    Former Intern - Software Test Student in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very amicable and professional management. They are generally capable and prefer encouragement to dictation.
    - Compensation, especially for an intern, was above average. They seem to value their interns.
    - Very little micromanagement. They work with you if you need help (which you likely have to ask for proactively).
    - In general, the office environment is relaxed and soft. People mingle about non-work stuff, which is inviting, but they won't stand next to your desk chatting with one of your neighbors for 30 minutes and distract you. People tend to keep to their work.
    - The stress of the workflow seems to be harder on employees than interns, which is just a pro for interns, unfortunately

    Cons

    - Work-Life balance is great, until they need people to work on weekends. Sometimes Upper Management wants a ton of results by a deadline and it means weekend work to get it done.
    - Backfills for people who leave are slow to happen
    - Onboarding for interns can be rocky and difficult. There isn't always documentation for one to follow, which is especially difficult for first-term interns.
    - Scrum environment is typical scrum, which isn't always a bad thing, but meetings are either not conversational enough or not moderated well for time by managers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to take the corporate spirit (or lack thereof) out of the office, as much as possible. Keep encouraging rather than dictating. Don't work so hard to have more events or parties, work on making the work side of things more enjoyable.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fast-paced work environment with good people all around"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is made up of smart, motivated people that are following a vision to see a once great company through a downturn. BlackBerry is involved in so much beyond mobile hardware and communicating who we are to any organization interested in secure mobility is quite a bit of fun.

    Cons

    There is a general public perception that BlackBerry = smartphone = failure. But there is opportunity and fulfillment in overcoming those objections.

    Advice to Management

    Continue your investment and goal alignment between sales and marketing


  11. "Great Learning Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - US Software Test in Sunrise, FL
    Current Intern - US Software Test in Sunrise, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work Environment
    Friendly Atmosphere
    Good Projects
    Good learning experience for interns.

    Cons

    After hardware development was closed, there were some setbacks for the employees in terms of loss of projects.


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