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"Great experience. Dedicated people."

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

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

Pros

Smart People. Great products. Free BlackBerry. Decent benefits. New sense of focus and direction from Thorsten.

Cons

Growing pains and symptoms of immature senior leadership (pre-Thorsten Heins).
Hours can be long as a result of increased workload and less people however the work is becoming more focused as the extraneous initiatives are eliminated.

Advice to Management

Focus on the future and the platform. Never give in to pressure to conform to another OS.
Don't forget the people who work so hard.

Other Employee Reviews for BlackBerry

  1. "Worked on the best thing they had, BBM"

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

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working on the new BB10 product

    Cons

    got dull when i got pulled off BB10


  2. "Fairly compensated, monotonously cubicled."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * There is lots of work to be had. Internal job switching / focus shifting opportunities exist.
    * Great compensation, decent benefits for a manageable workload and flexible hours.
    * New CEO Thorsten Heins is able to recognize and work on important issues of company culture.
    * Since PlayBook / BlackBerry 10, development can also happen on Linux or OS X.
    * Git is getting more popular among teams.

    Cons

    * Substandard test and build system tooling results in too many bugs and frustrated leads.
    * No appreciation for fun in the workplace (foosball? beanbags? game consoles?) or independent learning opportunities (open source participation? hacking days?) outside of your core assignments. Spending a long time at BlackBerry will make you dull and will cut your enthusiasm for technology and greatness in half.
    * Barely any opportunities to work together with unrelated teams without switching jobs internally.
    * A dearth of non-cubicle furniture makes laptop-coding on couches an improbable daydream. (Apparently the office environment issue is being worked on for some Waterloo employees.)
    * Apart from switching responsibilities, the only way to have a "career" in BlackBerry is to get into management. (Apparently this is also being worked on.)
    * Lots of top-down hierarchies cause inefficiencies.
    * Lack of adherence to deadlines or failure to communicate them to non-leads results in a "whatever" attitude towards getting stuff done.

    Advice to Management

    Work to retain outstanding developers instead of catering to the average ones. Flatten hierarchies and allow cross-pollination of teams and ideas during regular work hours. Introduce 20% time, it'll probably make developers more efficient and do wonders for developer morale. Allow and encourage all private (free time) open source contributions, and remove Legal from the process of approving those. Put free snacks and some sort of "fun zone" into every location or floor. Foster small teams working in sprints and get rid of cubicles.

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