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Updated September 13, 2017
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Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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  1. "nice company"

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    Former Employee - RF Design Engineer II in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - RF Design Engineer II in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good working environment, nice colleagues

    Cons

    too bureaucracy, not too much communications between different group/departments

    Advice to Management

    listen to lower level employees more


  2. "The best work culture"

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    Former Intern - Beta Software Tester in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Beta Software Tester in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    It was great time working with BlackBerry. The employees are so helpful and there were many other activities to do. We played basketball and foosball during lunch hour and it was fun.

    Cons

    It was great time working as a co-op but it is difficult to get a full-time job as most of the employees have 7-8 years of experience in the company.

    Advice to Management

    recruit more full-time employee and also provide opportunities for the intern to continue as a full-time employee.

  3. "BlackBerry"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    small company approach in a large company environment, flexible working, global footprint

    Cons

    considered a legacy company, still looking for a place to belong in the industry, future is uncertain

    Advice to Management

    employees choose transparency over salary


  4. "senior manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    large employer, strong brand name (despite recent demise)

    Cons

    everyone knows the 'downside'.... hard to explain new future direction

    Advice to Management

    rebrand completely!


  5. "Very good company to work at."

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Engineer Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, environment, challenges, development, amazing place to work, lots of young and smart people, good place to make friends.

    Cons

    Career plan, professional growth, visibility, if you are not part of the close circle of your manager, you basically get no recognition

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the employees before they get to disappointed


  6. "Good place to start out"

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    Former Intern - BlackBerry Enterprise Server Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - BlackBerry Enterprise Server Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blackberry paid well for a Co-op testing position with no experience. I met a lot of interesting people and played an unexpectedly important role during the company's transitional period. I also learned a lot about IT and setting up a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

    Cons

    The office is all grey cubicles, making a depressing environment. My work was repetitive and involved a lot of manual setup of servers. I ended up getting a repetitive stress injury from my work at BlackBerry.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more personalized work spaces and help employees with preventing repetitive motion injuries.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bad decision after bad decision... leads to demise"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    early 2000s - great working environment; great leaders; great products
    2010s - change in management; cocky C-levels refused to see market trends; decline in product diversity; decline in morale, decline in fun..
    pay was above market (IMHO)

    Cons

    current day:- low morale, low drive, direction has changed to software but no revenue upswing.. now what?
    Many times, work 10 hours, come home for dinner, then conf call at 9-10p for a hour or two.. don't like it, find another job... no recognition for extra time spent..

    Advice to Management

    question - what do you do when you're half way down a rabbit hole?

  8. "Embedded developer"

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    Former Contractor - Embedded Systems Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Embedded Systems Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment to work in, lots of benefits, had amazing colleagues, work culture is great, the campus is really good too

    Cons

    growth was slow, office politics happen from time to time, Had problems getting time off when I really needed it, sometimes the work pressure is too much


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of learning and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Management should think about saving this company from sinking

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of this great company and save it


  10. "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty laid back atmosphere these days

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities presented

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your workforce


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