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"Regardless of what people might think, it is still a good place to work"

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

I have been working at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

One of the few High Tech Canadian companies where you can learn a lot if you are willing to take the challenges and don't sit in your laurels. Good benefits, nice work environment, competitive salaries and opportunity to grow. There is always something new to learn.

Cons

RIM didn't do a good job in hiring the best people during its explosive growth. Many toxic people came in and created bureaucracy (they call it processes) and a culture of playing safe and cover their asses which slowed down the dynamics of the company and created feuds and internal fights. Some still prevail.

Advice to Management

Clean up the bureaucrats and promote a culture of taking risks and be agile. Do not let the excessive processes to slow us down. We need more "TO DO" people. We have had enough of "pseudo-bosses" that only want to give orders but not do anything or that feel are too good to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work.
I have a lot of confidence in the new CEO because he's been doing just this. Please keep it doing it.

Other Employee Reviews for BlackBerry

  1. "Depends on the department and unit you are working on - could be very exciting and challenging or be maintenance work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work with research and participation in rapidly changing mobile device environment, modern technologies

    Cons

    Known management level issues, work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Be open and decisive


  2. Helpful (2)

    "grew too fast and has the employees and processes to prove it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - as a young employee in a fast moving and growing company I got the opportunity and exposure to do thing I probably wouldn't have been entrusted in a more established firm
    - fast moving, lots of change so your work day is never boring
    - recent high-level management change seems to be making the right decisions and addressing huge gaps in the previous leadership
    - great ideas and lots of innovation

    Cons

    - fast moving and lots of change so you can never plan or focus on the same thing
    - poor execution and implementation of ideas and prototypes, solutions were often half-baked or missing key features when launched in an effort to rush to market
    - too many conflicting priorities, trying to accomplish too much with too little
    - leadership previously lacked a strategic vision for the company
    - leadership was often promoted because of strong technical skills but not good people leaders
    - refused to make the difficult decisions and as a result quality consistently suffered

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evaluate people in key leadership roles. Focus on key strengths and do them well and don't rush a product to market when the solution isn't completed


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