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

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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

Other Employee Reviews for BlackBerry

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Closing the day at 5 when your entire company is going South says a lot about a company"

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    Former Intern - Product Management MBA Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Product Management MBA Intern in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very reasonable rent in the area (Waterloo), opportunity to get Services exposure (albeit too late for the firm)

    Cons

    Former CEOs never communicated strategy, inability to focus on external partners, low quality software teams

    Advice to Management

    Understand that both software and hardware are becoming commoditized, but at least focus on building a credible platform for all partners.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Bad"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well good to learn the industry

    Cons

    Bad as they have no idea on how to treat people that have worked there tails off to make the company go forward.

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