Systems Administrators at Research In Motion give their company a 3.2 out of 5.0, while the average rating for Research In Motion is 4.1, making them 25% less happy than every other employee at Research In Motion and 17% less happy than every other Systems Administrator on CareerBliss - the happiest Systems Administrators work for Luxoft.
"Great company that has fallen on unfortunate times. Makers of a once iconic and highly desired product it was an amazing place to work. Relaxing work atmosphere, growth potential, and fair compensation made it a great experience."
"Company was good, however the department I worked in was appalling."
What do you like about working at Research In Motion?
"The company is currently under a lot of strain and is clawing to regain its market share. This stress is felt throughout the company"
Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?
"RIM had a remarkable product 10 years ago but have been unable to keep up with current market trends. Their investments in outdated technologies and inability to even match competitors with their features is causing them to lose significant market share. They bleed money in areas that should be simple to control. Parking, for example, was a major issue. They hired a team of people to address the parking issue by allowing them to build parking structures, repave and paint parking lots, etc. But the building manager would take it upon themselves to do this same job and waste money/time in the process when there was a dedicated team who could have taken this task. They spend ridiculous amounts of money on things that aren't of any significance. An offer letter, for example, was send by Fedex and printed on very expensive paper. The cost for sending an offer letter to a potential employee was over $50. This could have been alleviated by sending the offer letter via email (common practice) or having the potential employee drive in to pick it up. Many many other areas that money is being wasted in the business. And this cuts into profits and employee benefits/raises."
What don't you like about working at Research In Motion?
"The department I was in was poorly managed by someone who was not ready for management. He built the department from the ground up and was unable to relinquish control to his employees. He would need to be involved in every small detail and would not allow any work to be accomplished without his involvement"
What suggestions do you have for management?
"Step down. He was not ready to be a manager. He was too keen on getting credit for the accomplishments and didn't take any accountability for the failures. He would throw his own employees under the bus when there was a mistake (often times in a meeting with a Director infront of the other employees). And when something went right, he would make sure he got the Kudo's in private and not allow anyone else to bask in the accomplishment."
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