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"Ultimately, a victim of their own success"

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Former Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA
Former Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

I had flexibility with job hours and location, decent pay, and recognition for a job well done. I was allowed autonomy and the ability to get tasks completed.

Cons

Slow to respond to the changing market trends, leaving them well behind the new leaders after mostly establishing the market. Now they are left to play catch-up and it is at the cost of the employees that led to the original success. No longer innovative, they are working to stay in the game but it may be too little too late.

Advice to Management

Let projects and products move faster. Upper management had too much say in product direction based on whims instead of customer needs. The segmented platform meant too many per-device tweaks to remove bugs, leading to long development cycles, which could have been corrected by a more stable platform.

Other Employee Reviews for BlackBerry

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work at and performance based growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power Designer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Power Designer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    RIM has an amazing work/life balance. Lots of growth opportunities if you can justify your work and talent. The teams are pretty talented in what they do and lots of learning opportunities for new grads.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation. Very laid back and needs motivation. The benefits are not great except the basic medical and insurance benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to innovate more.


  2. "Great while it lasted"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and good people to work with. Senior management was an old boys club and only interested in making the CEO's happy at the expense of making the consumers happy.

    Cons

    Upper management clueless (CEO's). Tried to tell the consumer what they wanted and ignored what was really happening in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to look at what's going on in the industry, instead of thinking that everyone wants what you think they do


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