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BlackBerry Limited
BlackBerry employees volunteer at the Kanata Food Cupboard  

Recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why BlackBerry Limited was selected as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2023):

  • BlackBerry is committed to the health and well-being of its employees, offering a minimum of 10 paid sick days annually and up to $1,500 in coverage for mental health services -- the company's flexible health benefits plan also enables employees to direct excess credits to savings, a wellness or personal spending account, or a health spending account
  • BlackBerry supports employees over the longer term with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a matching RSP plan -- employees may also be able to share in the company's successes through share purchase and year-end bonus programs
  • BlackBerry strongly encourages ongoing employee learning through in-house and online training initiatives, as well as through generous tuition subsidies (to $6,000 annually) for courses related and not directly related to their current position
BlackBerry employees at an International Women's Day event  

Highlights

Industry Secure software and services
Established in Canada 1984
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,720
Part-time employees in Canada 16
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 27 years
Benefits note BlackBerry has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,500 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why BlackBerry Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

  • Students at BlackBerry are invited to the organization's virtual Power Bar sessions to grow their skills in a variety of areas -- and holds a student-exclusive session each term called "College to Career," focused on successfully transitioning from an academic environment into the workplace, discussing techniques for time management, prioritization, goal setting and workplace professionalism
  • Students and new grads are a foundational part of BlackBerry's history (Mike Lazaridis was a local University of Waterloo student when he founded Research in Motion in 1984) -- continuing in that spirit today, 20 per cent of open roles at BlackBerry are targeted for new graduates, hiring over 400 students per year in paid positions that range from four to 12-month contracts
  • BlackBerry's research and development team hosts annual BlackBerry Lab Days, internal hackathons in which students are encouraged to join as individuals or as part of a team to tackle the challenge at hand
BlackBerry employees on a bike ride  

Highlights

Industry Secure software and services
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,791
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities Power Bar program (open enrollment courses including effective communication, College to Career, establishing trust, presentation skills, giving and receiving feedback, and resolving conflict with your peers), global mentorship program (pairs employees with an experienced colleague for 6 months), on-demand training programs include Udemy, along with thousands of on-demand courses through its dedicated learning management system
Additional highlights interprovincial and international relocation grants for eligible students, students participate in virtual onboarding with over 120 student peers, BlackBerry leaders encouraged to engage students in job shadowing, BlackBerry Lab Days (internal hackathon hosted by the R&D team where students can join to tackle challenges)
Dedicated employee resource group BlackBerry Student Social Committee (BSSC) is run by students, with chapters in Waterloo, Ottawa, and Mississauga, each chapter has its own executive team of students and are responsible for hosting events locally, BSSC arranges a dedicated co-op town hall in partnership with BlackBerry's communications team to connect students and senior leaders from various business units
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why BlackBerry Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • BlackBerry developed a Commuting Action Plan that involved surveying employees about their commuting patterns annually to determine how employees get to work and designing programs to encourage sustainable modes of transportation -- the plan covers its worldwide operations with the goal of reducing single-occupant trips across the company
  • BlackBerry hosts annual waste audits at all of its major sites, achieving an impressive waste diversion rate of 88 per cent -- the company's programs collect everything from coffee pods and snack wrappers to wood pallets and shipping material, has eliminated plastic bottles from all vending machines and introduced a program to test reusable cutlery and dishes for its free breakfast program
  • BlackBerry participates in Waterloo's TravelWise program, offers transit subsidies and recently hosted its first "Team BlackBerry" bike ride to help new cyclists develop confidence when riding two wheels to work -- along with offering secure bike storage, lockers, showers and even two bike repair stations
BlackBerry employees participated in a past Earth Day by collecting waste  

Highlights

Industry Secure software and services
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,791
Part-time employees in Canada 12
Employee green team dedicated departmental teams across the organization
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary; and Senior Director, Global Security
Formal strategy/policy name Corporate Responsibility Report
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights supply chain social responsibility program (cross-functional team works with suppliers, such as reducing product packaging), removed paper cups from lunchrooms and replaced with reusable mugs, eliminated the use of plastic water bottles, replaced plastic stir sticks with wood, formal life cycle assessment program to assess environmental impacts of each product (from the manufacture and designing to be repairable to ensuring proper recycling and disposal)
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting with sensors and timers, outdoor landscaping promotes water conservation and the return of water to aquifers
Extended recycling organics, wood pallets, plastic film, e-waste (hosts annual e-waste collection days), aluminum coffee pods, cigarette butts, snack wrappers, eliminated plastic bottles from all vending machines), all major sites host annual waste audits, achieving an impressive waste diversion rate from landfill of 88%
Commuter amenities in-house Commuting Action Plan includes regular employee surveys with a longer-term focus to reduce single driver trips, participates in the annual Bike Month in Waterloo, along with hosting an onsite bike tune-up clinic and the first "Team BlackBerry" bike ride to help new cyclists feel comfortable riding to work, secure bike storage, lockers and showers and bike repair stations (varying by location), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships Sustainable Waterloo Region that includes three separate initiatives, including the TravelWise program (commuting initiatives), ChargeWR (electric vehicle infrastructure), and Climate Action Waterloo (effort to reduce the region's greenhouse gases), REEP Green Solutions, EnviroCentre (Ottawa carpool program), Forests Ontario (volunteered to evaluate student presentations), Carbon Disclosure Project (has publicly disclosed greenhouse gas emissions since 2009)

The Career Directory

BlackBerry Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
BlackBerry staff use the photo booth at the organization's annual summer event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Secure software and services
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Applications Developer, Benefits Analyst, Cyber Security Specialist, Financial Analyst, Salesforce Administrator, Software Test Developer, Software Developer, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Talent Development Specialist, Technical Support Analyst
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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