BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
1,095 Reviews

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BlackBerry CEO & Executive Chair John Chen
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 70 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours; Good employee benefit (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • While work life balance was preached a lot at BlackBerry it was never really very fair (in 25 reviews)

  • Senior management is still looking for or defining the way back to glory (in 36 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good salary, lots of opportunities to learn new things, but too Waterloo-centric and lacked innovation.

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    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Market Intelligence Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Despite the current sentiment of the company, working at RIM/BlackBerry was always a conversation starter, benefits were good, salary was good, generally good people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, lack of direction, lack of decision making, too top heavy, upward movement was difficult to attain, too Waterloo-centric (leading back to lack of innovation)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the opposite of what was done between 2010 and 2013, move the headquarters to (or hire more in) Toronto or Silicon Valley, reduce the number of middle-aged, rural-based developers trying to make product decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Software Developer Coop

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Co-Op in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic workplace, great people to work with and passionate! Lots of perks as a Coop student too, I learned a lot, this experience was a boost on my resume!

    Cons

    It wasn't possible to get a full time position at the end of my internship even if it went really well! This is due to to downsizing...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in 2011 didn't made the greatest decision and investments. They lost lots of market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Loved my time at BB

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    Former Employee - ITIL Specialist  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - ITIL Specialist in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people, the atmosphere (pre-layoffs), the training, travel, learning

    Cons

    things got very stressful leading up to the layoffs in 2011 and 2012. It became a different company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved in what your team members do. I don't mean micro manage, but show an interest. One of my directors had no clue what my entire team did. Thats not a great way to run a company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good for career growing

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    Former Employee - Validation Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Validation Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get hands-on experience in wireless industry

    Cons

    Personal grows is open for new engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More detailed reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I'm incredibly proud to say that I worked for BlackBerry!

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly talented engineers, dedicated project managers and gung-ho sales managers

    Cons

    Weighed down by very negative market perception

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    My experience with BlackBerry as a company was great, although the team that I worked with was not a suitable fit for me

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Associate  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Associate in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely friendly, especially management! I really appreciated and enjoyed the mentoring that came from my fellow co-workers on my team. I have a learned quite a lot while here.

    Cons

    There are more cons for me since working as a co-op is not the full experience. I didn't get extremely interesting work since I am just here temporary. I felt a bit segregated at time, so I hope that BlackBerry will revamp their co-op program to what it was around 2007.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up more activities for teams! Team building is a huge thing and if someone doesn't feel included in that team it makes them feel less appreciated and negatively affects their work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Changing for the better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to contribute can be significant. Great passion for security and enterprise mobility. The new company structure is set up such that each BU has a clear mission and Plan. The future for BlackBerry to again be a leader in one or more areas of enterprise mobility is very strong. Massive amount of IP around mobility and wireless and very creative thinkers in product management.

    Compensation very competitive. US Benefits above average.

    Pretty solid EMM platform with parity with most competitors.

    Cons

    Constantly changing bonus and compensation structure. New sales management of former SAP people have large egos and heavy demands on sales teams. Some are fair, or at least willing to work with you and provide coaching. Others are just one sided.

    Canadian company, not an American company. Canadian mindset of feeling as important to Americans as they are to themselves is changing though now that nearly every single leader of the management teams is American and US based.

    Somewhat slow to market with new products and offerings, but new leaders are changing that as fast as they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remember that communication within the company is VERY important. The old BlackBerry was terrible about this. BlackBerry 2.0 has improved on that, but could always do better.

    Become MUCH BETTER at marketing your products. Way too many people in the enterprise do not realize how solid of a product the BlackBerry Enterprise Service is for MDM/EMM.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Had an opportunity to hone my skills and a very fast paced 'creative chaos' culture

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Waterloo, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, QC (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Empowered to act
    Opportunity to do my best work
    Keep my skills at the cutting edge
    Passion for the brand

    Cons

    No unifying culture
    Silo'd
    Not as much listening as is needed for tru collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire talent that isn't from Sybase and that you haven't worked with before.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Had many ups and downs throughout my tenure but overall a fantastic experience. Given the choice I'd work there again.

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    Former Employee - Team Lead  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The opportunity to work in a cutting edge, fast paced technology industry. The new corporate team really gives the feel that they know what they're doing and are guiding the company in the right direction for the first time in years.

    You receive a corporate issue phone and are encouraged to participate in beta programs, truly giving you the feel that you provide input into upcoming products.

    Cons

    Growth within teams can be difficult as there is often a ceiling that gets hit. There is still somewhat of a silo'd culture, making it difficult for true collaboration amongst certain teams. Past grudges still inhibit work completion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that decisions are made consistently across the company and that employees feel that their voices are heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging technical work, good team

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    Former Employee - Java Software Developer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Java Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Worked for BlackBerry for almost seven years; had very interesting technical work, and my team mates were very solid, technical contributors. My boss would play some favouritism, but in general he tried to be fair and would give us opportunities as they would arise. Excellent work-life balance, where they would be times to do some intense work, and some times to go slower; combined with the opportunity to work from home one or two days a week and flexible hours, it was an excellent job.

    Cons

    Upper management didn't see Android coming until it was too late, and the response was not the best; however, they have been unfairly punished by the media, both in the US and in Canada.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr Chen is doing an excellent job, focusing on the corporate services, security, and expanding into the Internet of Things field. I am confident they will get better in two or three years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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