BlackBerry Reviews in Canada

Updated 1 October, 2014
Updated 1 October, 2014
1,104 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, standard benefits, good company name to have on your resume (in 73 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours; Good employee benefit (in 44 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.  

    Relaxing job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, allows you to work at your own pace

    Cons

    Company not doing well, pressure of being cut

  2.  

    As an intern, you are treated like a full-time employee in terms of workload.

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    Former Employee - Software Testing Specialist  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Software Testing Specialist in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    1) Office culture is very friendly
    2) Very flexible in terms of working hours

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Its a great company to work and good benefit.

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    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist  in  Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - IT Desktop Support Specialist in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are creative, share ideas and help each other when you needed.

    Cons

    Depending on the department that you work with..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was Fantastic!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry as an intern

    Pros

    Great compensation packages. Working with very smart people across many different departments!

    Cons

    Job security is questionable. As with any big corporation, politics always have some role in decision making process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great company to work for with many talented employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Great base salary, benefits and perks. Fantastic opportunity to be exposed with high-end technologies and infrastructure.

    Cons

    It took a long time for the company to get back on track again and too many amazing employees were lost when the company went through restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging and innovative work but in a very stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Probably the best benefits for a Canadian company. Salaries were generally higher. Everyone gets a BlackBerry with data plans. And atleast until recently this company was (and still is) a Canadian tech icon.

    Cons

    Too much inter department politics and work spent on wasted projects (that never go to prod). In the last few years work had become quite stressful with tight deadlines. A lot of chaos in upper man agent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what needs to be done and why and then STICK to it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good memory and experience at RIM/BlackBerry

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist  in  Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good culture, talent people and excellent salary and benefit.

    Cons

    Most of the employees were lost when the company experiencing restructure. There were not lots products under development and no clear direction the company would go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need top management's envision and strategic planning/deployment to save the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working at BlackBerry in Administration

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at BlackBerry. I was given the opportunity to expand my role to include Operations. There was great trust between me and my VP.

    Cons

    When it came to promotions and perks, the company would only consider what the engineers had done on specific projects and in general. Administrative staff salary upgrades were only considered on a yearly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management moves forward with the support of their Executive Assistants. We take the administrative load from your shoulders which allow you to dedicate more of your time to working with your technical teams. Treat your administrative staff with the same respect you treat your engineering staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No innovation, closed to new ideas

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was a good paying job and the office culture was something to strive for in other jobs. Great coworkers, its a shame that their talent is wasted on a dead company.

    Cons

    No one would listen to any ideas even though the department in charge of ideas would bring up several new ideas that were viable for development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Tought Times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackBerry

    Pros

    Evolving technology and desire to innovate is coming back

    Cons

    Culture and atmosphere is on the downturn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear direction and communication cross functionally could be greatly improved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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