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"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"

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Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
Former Employee - Senior Manager, IT in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Remarkably brilliant staff members, genuinely top flight technology. Renewed sense of purpose amongst certain parts of the business. Real focus on the customer. Thorsten is working hard to streamline and to make sure the company has a fighting chance.

Cons

Confused leadership in certain parts of the business, nutty budgeting processes, some leaders are just simply corrupt. Work/life balance can be tough. Hypergrowth and acquisitions have left a weird organization with confused values, and many fiefdoms. Bringing in dozens of executives from AT&T has changed the organization, perhaps not for the better.

Advice to Management

Take a long, hard look at the people leading the organization...some of them are feathering their own nests.

Other Employee Reviews for BlackBerry

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Unable to recognize internal talent"

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    Former Contractor - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Software Test Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Average Benefits
    -Higher than average compensation
    -Decent co-workers/peers

    Cons

    Management are unable to recognize when they have talented and motivated employees within their organization. No chance for personal projects; innovation is not fostered in the testing environment. They are looking for manual testing drones. On that note, there was little to no respect for employees' personal lives.
    Due to the padded amount of upper management, it takes a very long time to get any type of promotion within the department - and transferring between teams was treated with stigma and negativity.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to actually 'listen' to their employees, not just 'let them talk'. You are bleeding skilled and motivated employees to lower salary positions at far better companies.


  2. "Process Manager"

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    Former Employee - Process Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High-tech environment
    - Global recognition of BlackBerry

    Cons

    - Uncertain future of company

    Advice to Management

    BB10 must succeed for RIm to stay relevant

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