Working for RIM was probably the greatest factory job a person could ask for. I LOVED working there
Quality Control Tester (Former Employee), Waterloo. ON – June 24, 2015
I worked at RIM for several years and quickly moved my way up the latter. I started as a line worker and ended up moving into quality control. I worked there to save for school and that's exactly what I did. Hardest part of my job was the switching 2 weeks days 2 weeks nights, but we were treated great!
Hardware Design Technician (Former Employee), waterloo – June 18, 2015
-bad management team. going trough lay off process every end of quarter -nobody takes responsibility for mistakes -not able in 10 years to design their processor. relying on Qualcom solution so the designers were actually doing only design verification job.
Good place to work in early years, not a secure place now
Manager, Supply Chain Excellence (Former Employee), Waterloo, ON – June 17, 2015
Pros: Compensation and benefits were very good
Cons: Insecurity of the job due to massive lay offs, long hours
Very challenging, with very long hours and heavy workload during the expansion years.
Improved a lot on processes and procedures during the years, learned something new every day
Management changed – more... often that affected company performance, sometimes I felt they were looking more for personal interests rather than company interests, which reflected on company perfomance on the last years
Co-workers very profesional and good work conduct, not a friendly place though
Most enjoyable part was the travelling to different manufacturing locations, working closely with colleagues from other departments, knowing them better, learning about different sides of the business – less
A great place to work with no opportunities for growth
Sr. Manager, Global Systems Test Engineering (Current Employee), Waterloo, ON – June 2, 2015
- Really satisfied with the accomplishments - Set up new test teams, processes - Responsible for delivering many successful handheld devices - Responsible for managing large time on site and off shore - Been part of BlackBerry's long turn around process
Manager, Customs & Traffic (Former Employee), Waterloo, ON – May 7, 2015
Pros: Corporate Challenge(games) Days
Cons: 24 x 7 operation
Fast paced Much respect for Corp Leaders Great commradery Work came home with you to cover logistics flow of product nationally Our work days were made to be enjoyable by the company, much was provided for us and we had fun along with the hard work
Product Operation Specialist (Former Employee), Waterloo, ON – April 29, 2015
Pros: You get a blackberry!
Cons: Some negative attitudes during restructuring
It was a great company to work at with a competitive salary and lots of perks. Getting a company phone was really nice, especially since I was an intern. Typical day as an Operations specialist involved – more... a lot of analysis in excel on product configurations and packaging. I also used a proprietary ERP system to maintain parts catalogues and create instructional sets for use by warehouse staff all around the world. There was a lot of independent work involving excel and somewhat boring analysis but that was nicely balanced by a management team which was very active and always looking to enhance my development.
I will say that some cross functional work with other teams was sometimes unpleasant due to the fact that there were many lay-offs occurring at the time. Individuals and groups with less job security are of course going to lack the motivation and positive attitude they once had. – less