Blackberry – San Francisco, CA
Successful individuals in this role are able to discuss business strategies and understand and explain complex technical solutions. The Account… TheLadders.com
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I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 8 yearsPros
Ample opportunities to learn but you have to initiate on every level. If you have the gumption to go out and ask questions OR pick up a device and load the latest software and put serious time against it to figure out what is happening behind the scenes then you will begin to understand the magnitude of projects that you can involve yourself in.
The company has good benefits, gives you a mobile device, allows you to use it personally (although I never felt very comfortable with that policy).Cons
To me, it isn't a company. It's a place with a name that had some history and meant something once.
I sound like the media but actually my issue isn't with the technical side of the place - I think technically speaking it was and is a sound place.
My issue is with how people are treated there today. The people who should be ambassadors of BlackBerry but who clearly are not. The people who build the character and culture of the place which is at the lowest point that I have ever witnessed.
The people who get things done, sometimes as a team and all too frequently as individuals and the people who have been left unchecked - literally dozens of people whose output is questionable or at best extremely well hidden because I have never seen any deliverable from them for literally months and months on end but who consistently disrupt meetings.
The people who allow the difficult things to remain difficult - a director in development, a manager in testing, team members who don't communicate, non-existent project managers, VPs who allocate the wrong people to projects time and again .
The people who accept that "things may be terrible but sometimes there's nothing more that can be done except to leave" - someone in HR.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Get up out of your chair, get out of the airport, get off the conference call, put on some good walking shoes and walk around the company buildings. Listen and look and watch how things are going on inside the place.
I dare you.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO