BlackBerry Employee Reviews about "blackberry"

Updated 16 Sep 2020

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  1. "A toxic dystopia"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time

    Pros

    Not many. Some people are nice.

    Cons

    Everything. Toxic senior level management with no direction. John Chen is a hopeless leader who clearly doesn't understand the market or the simple fact that no one cares about the BlackBerry brand. No one. But the whole companies strategy is based on some whimsical recognition of a long irrelevant device. The Peter Principal is evident in nearly all levels of managers and directors. Cylance is just snake oil and the rest of the products are poor and below average. Managers and directors promoted over their abilities creating utter paralysis across the board.

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    "Rudderless, anonymous, lack of spark!"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It was the people It was the culture It was the location It was the challenge

    Cons

    The management team that knew what they were doing were driven out. Cylance acquisition has been botched - senior roles snapped up by folks who do not have the first clue about the market or the customers. Regional leadership is weak and just ‘Yes’ men. Confused marketing - how can the market know what BlackBerry are about if the staff don’t?

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  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (9)

    "Conservative, 1980s, Dying SW Company...If You Like That Sort of Thing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You may get the opportunity to work in the Cylance division BlackBerry acquired and gain valuable experiences to industry (you basically have to be hired into the Cylance dept because it will take months for a non-Cylance BlackBerry employee to get transferred into the department).

    Cons

    The BlackBerry execs are not with SW reality and its reflective in the Cylance worker attrition happening. I came to BlackBerry via Cylance purchase and I would not have taken a job at the BlackBerry proper. So my "career opportunities" and "compensation" ratings comes with caveats because I was in the Cylance dept where I felt I had lots of great opportunities valuable to industry. BlackBerry is the opposite of Cylance. Cylance was a very aggressive, modern, forward thinking SW company that offered great salaries and bonuses to attract top talent because Cylance was shooting for the moon. BlackBerry is the opposite, they are one of the few security SW companies not hiring or growing or making money in the COVID-19 WFH paradigm. In fact the BlackBerry execs there are even against a WFH or remote-work policy. Seriously. Some people do it, get away with it, but if the BlackBerry execs really had their way, they'd ban it. During the COVID-19 lockdown crisis it was Cylance leadership that took the initial lead to start sending people home, not BlackBerry execs whose company owned Cylance- BlackBerry execs waited until the last moment to where they were forced to lock things up by the governments. With security companies trying to cash in on the WFH paradigm with various WFH security solutions, do you really think BlackBerry is going to be successful selling a WFH SW solution to potential customers when the BlackBerry execs deep down don't believe in it and are not at all experienced in managing a WFH or remote-worker workforce? BlackBerry's reliance on QNX sales is another worry- one reason the company is hurting is because of lack of car sales in the current state of the economy. Automotive grade Linux is the fastest growing (and free) autonomous OS, and if the company's past on how it handled the iPhone/Android threat is any judge, there is more hurt to come for the company. If you search finance.yahoo.com you will find rumors of a company takeover (in addition to seeing a low-stock price). Where there is smoke there's fire, but a company takeover may be the best thing that happens to the company. If it happens it should happen soon because BlackBerry is slowly killing its biggest asset, the Cylance division. BB is not even with society taboos and movements. For example, the company observes Columbus day and has it a paid holiday but does not have MLK as an official paid company holiday. What would these latest protests think about that? The two touchiest subjects this year are COVID and BLACK-LIVES-MATTER and BlackBerry fails miserably at both. Note, HR exit could be messy. They overpaid me a paltry amount (enough for like 1/2 month rent in a 1 bedroom apartment not located in California) on my last paycheck and threatened legal action if I don't pay it back. How about owning up to mistakes like I'm expected to do every day? Also note on HR exit: PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS ONE- YOUR TERMINATION/EXIT DATE IS THE DAY YOU LOSE HEALTHCARE COVERAGE. I've worked for 3 respectable companies before this one, all gave me 30 days health coverage after my termination date, plenty of time to work out health care coverage going into the next job. Not BlackBerry.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "The best in mobile security products!"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First-class products! There are no better mobile security and productivity tools on the market, period.

    Cons

    Tough name recognition challenges. Prospective clients would require a lot of education about the "new" BlackBerry, before the conversation could progress.

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    "Great people and team atmosphere"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Security Analyst in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are wonderful, very welcoming. Very diverse set of skills and abilities within the organization. Never short from learning on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult. It may be unique to my role given I'm in security and monitoring. BlackBerry has a hard rule from working from home which has only gotten more extreme. Before it was casual and if you had a good reason, I'm thinking some people abused the freedom we had. Unfortunately this has stifled my family life and I feel like I'm always in the office.

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    "Cylance is dying - caustic leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bagel Thursdays, free food every other Friday, snacks.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership and no product. Development has stalled for more than 2 years and the competition is destroying Cylance. BlackBerry has some great assets, but John Chen is stuck in turnaround mode, when he should be hitting the accelerator now...instead Cylance is the horsehead in the bed and will be an albatross for many more years.

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  7. "Great company to start career."

    5.0
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    Current Intern - Enterprise Technical Support Analyst in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackBerry for less than a year

    Pros

    Helping people and lots of resources for self development.

    Cons

    No negative working at BlackBerry.

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  8. "Great company to work for"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great compensation. Some inspiring leaders to work for . Opportunities to grow and learn if you seek for advancement

    Cons

    Communication is always challenging in big companies and BlackBerry is not the exception. Time of transition and restructuring were difficult years of uncertainty for employees but it feels as it is all in the past and the environment is much better now.

  9. "Great Experience"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Software Developer Student 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry for less than a year

    Pros

    The workload for this position is not heavy. It's a good experience to learn web development.

    Cons

    Blackberry is declining. It's hard to get return offer.

  10. "software engineer"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackBerry full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice work culture, great team members, good learning experience.

    Cons

    None so far about Blackberry, Ottawa

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