BlackBerry Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Dec 3, 2020

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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen
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  • "BlackBerry upper management has unrealistic expectations regarding the solutions available in the market(in 130 reviews)

  • "The senior management wasn't that receptive to change"(in 64 reviews)

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  1. "work culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was really an open culture where talking to manager n higher management was easy access. Also people were really helpful. A very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Seems like there were not defined roles and teams were jst doing what they liked without major deliverables.

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  2. "Typical Large Company"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - stable job - great if you are trying to just be stable and get by - work life balance

    Cons

    - red tape everywhere - needs C approval for anything / everything - slow moving

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  3. "Lots of change"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Renewal Sales Representative in Irvine, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Don't have a clear idea of what direction they want to go in

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unmitigated disaster"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some friendly people Good work life balance

    Cons

    Pay and benefits below industry standard No 401k match, extremely limited stock grants Zero innovation, products are not competitive Terrible marketing unwilling to accept the brand is a failure Oppressive processes focused only on costs that require nearly everything to be approved by the CEO Inept management without any vision or understanding of the markets that they want to play in that consistently make illogical decisions Cannot retain any talent for a reason, no matter how desperate you may be for a job there is no reason to work here

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  5. "This place doesn't make any sense"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Head of Finance in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice location, good work life balance, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Poor leadership, struggling business, wrong strategy

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Okay company"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent work life balance. Solid technology portfolio. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Beyond unrealistic sales quotas equals constant revolving door in sales and channel teams.

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    "Great Staff, Poor Management"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Security Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Above market pay Quality team members

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership or vision Only management is micromanagement Sales staff are often management Poor work life balance No professional growth or development

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Unsustainable"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can't really think of any? Work life balance is good but that's because nobody returns your calls.

    Cons

    So many. The EMM business is a commodity now. Microsoft, IBM and VMWare offer similar products for half the price and bundle services. Chen doesn't invest in people or resources. The sales quotas are unrealistic. They buy companies but don't integrate them. Morale is very low. EMM is the software nobody likes.

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  9. "On the comeback trail"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Generous vacation allowance.

    Cons

    In my case manager is remote, resulting in communication difficulties.

  10. "good company but stressful"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company policies were very employee friendly - free lunches, free snacks, unlimited sick leaves and advance PTOs if you wanted to have them

    Cons

    Very stressful because there is no work life balance, in spite of the employee friendly policies, work was a lot, I was almost tied to the office.

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