BlackBerry Limited
BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell   (Photo credit: Courtney Crow)

Recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why BlackBerry Limited was selected as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2021):

  • As part of the health plan, BlackBerry offers a wellness spending account as well as mental health support through an employee assistance plan and a dedicated mental health practitioner benefit (to $1,500 annually)
  • 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 volunteering for an onsite Halloween event in 2019  

Highlights

Industry Secure software and services
Established in Canada 1984
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,918
Part-time employees in Canada 24
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 25 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
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 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership 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 Greenest Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why BlackBerry Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

  • BlackBerry hosts annual waste audits at all of its major sites, achieving an impressive waste diversion rate of 88 per cent, with goals to push beyond 90 per cent -- the company's programs collect everything from soft plastic film to aluminium coffee pods to e-waste
  • To encourage alternative commuting BlackBerry participates in Waterloo's TravelWise program, as well as managing an in-house Commuting Action Plan focused on reducing single driver trips and greater cycling and transit use -- employees also participate in the annual Bike to Work Month in Waterloo that also features an onsite bike tune-up clinic
  • BlackBerry has participated in the international Carbon Disclosure Project for over a decade (signing on back in 2009) -- the not-for-profit initiative provides a formal system for companies to measure, disclose, manage and share emissions and climate change information
BlackBerry employees celebrate the company's 35th anniversary  

Highlights

Industry Secure software and services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,034
Part-time employees in Canada 13
Employee green team BlackBerry Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Legal Officer; and Senior Director, Global Security, Facilities and Real Estate
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), Environment@BlackBerry (promotes employee awareness and encourages continuous environmental performance), removed paper cups from lunchrooms and replaced with reusable mugs, phasing out 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
Extended recycling organics, wood pallets, plastic film, e-waste (hosts annual e-waste collection days), aluminium coffee pods, cigarette butts, snack wrappers (all major sites host annual waste audits, achieving an impressive waste diversion rate from landfill of 88 per cent -- with goals to push beyond 90 per cent in the coming year)
Commuter amenities in-house Commuting Action Plan includes 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, co-chair of the Region of Waterloo's TravelWise program (to reduce traffic congestion), 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 region's greenhouse gas reduction target of an 80 per cent reduction by 2050), EnviroCentre (partnership to establish a carpooling system), SmartCommute (Toronto), Carbon Disclosure Project (since 2009), ongoing participation in the Call2Recycle and Recycle My Cell collection programs

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why BlackBerry Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • 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 16-month contracts
  • Students starting at BlackBerry participate in onboarding alongside over 120 student peers, which includes an overview of corporate and student benefits, work-term expectations and networking with colleagues -- leaders at BlackBerry are also encouraged to engage students in job shadowing during their term to offer additional insight into different roles and the skills needed to succeed
  • Students at BlackBerry are invited to the organization's 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
BlackBerry employees participating in a bike ride last year  

Highlights

Industry Secure software and services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,918
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 global mentorship program (pairs employees with an experienced colleague for 6 months, after which time the mentee can move onto another mentor), 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), on-demand training programs include Percipio (a SkillSoft platform), Books24x7, SAI Global, and Udemy, along with thousands of on-demand courses through its dedicated learning management system
Additional highlights interprovincial and international relocation grants for eligible students
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

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 Toronto ON, Waterloo ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON
Student opportunities (same as above), paid internships, summer jobs, co-op placements available in automation, hardware engineering, software development, web and application development, business operations, environment, health and safety, finance, and more, 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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