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Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
1,173 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work life balance is dependent on which area of the company you're in (in 80 reviews)

  • Exciting technologies; flexible working hours; generous compensation package (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 27 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for, if only the job security would improve

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Opportunities to learn via certification programs, and various internal tools

    Cons

    Being worried that the company will go under or cut more of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since Chen has taken over there has been a big improvement in the company's management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Manager Internal Audit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Great Team large organization with empowered workforce.

    Cons

    Headline risk always worried about corporate survival

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great environment for Interns and co-op students

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Design in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Design in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Experience working with some of the best engineering professionals in the telecom business.

    Cons

    Downsizing; even though interns can only be fired under exceptional circumstances, downsizing during my internship put pressure on senior full time employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Software Developoer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Good Salary, friendly environment, great projects

    Cons

    small town, little opportunities, Slow pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Risky, but rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tier II Technical Support
    Former Employee - Tier II Technical Support

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

    Pros

    The company is on the cutting edge of business innovation. If they survive they will be another IBM type company being a force to be reckoned with in the business space.

    Cons

    Poor advertising, and negative media attention makes its way into every discussion regarding the company when trying to help customers. Outsourcing was necessary to cost cut, however the issues are too technically complex for an outsourced environment leaving customers getting inferior service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new CEO seems to be slowly turning the company around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Teams were friendly and supportive. Hard working people who are passionate about the company. Learned a lot during my short time there.

    Cons

    Uncertainty and concern with employees over potential layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Encrypted Future of mobile Technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SMT Operator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - SMT Operator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Gets hands on the use and development of the best of the technologies available
    - Get hands on experience with the modules of SAP, if you are kind of super user
    - Understand how the network works, especially for the network geeks and understand the potential security holes.

    Cons

    - The policy implementation should be happening at the grass root level as well as up the ladder...togather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need competent people, with a sense of responsibility towards their work.
    -should motivate those, who come forward with major policy solutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Co-op

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Test Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    The work-life at BlackBerry was relaxing, not too stressful, pay was nice for co-op, not too much daily tasks, lots of free time (team dependent)

    Cons

    Don't learn much as a tester, skills learned not applicable to other testing jobs except probably a telecommunications company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I managed skus and inventory for Blackberry products

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Great pay
    Easy job with benefits

    Cons

    Met no other co-ops and I am an extremely social person
    Fellow employees didn't seem to care
    Obvious stress in the office due to Blackberry tanking at the time
    Very boring work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for networking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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