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What Its Like To Work For RIM – Juicy Details

I have always heard that RIM was a great company to work for but I finally decided to do some research on the WHY. Turns out there is this great website that explains why RIM was chosen to be one of the top 100 places to work in Canada.

My favorite is onsite cafeteria (with subsidized meals, healthy and special diet menu items, subsidized vending machines)

The highlights from the full report:

  • gives employees a free BlackBerry on their first day and covers usage and service fees
  • offers tuition subsidies to employees and is only a short walk to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University
  • celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting a private concert for employees that featured Aerosmith and the Barenaked Ladies
  • lets all employees share in the company’s success by offering a profit-sharing plan and year-end bonuses
  • helps employees plan for retirement with matching RSP contributions
  • provides onsite massage services, flu shot clinics and discounted gym memberships to help employees stay healthy
  • doubled its BlackBerry subscriber base last year, creating over 2,000 new jobs worldwide and increasing its revenues by 47% to over $3 billion
  • has additional Canadian locations in Mississauga, Ottawa and Halifax

So do you know any reasons that they missed? Or is it all sugar coating for a horrible slave labor sweatshop?

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  1. I have a ton of friends that work for RIM in Halifax..I have NEVER heard any of them complain, they all say they now have their dream job!

  2. Interesting that you picked the onsite cafeteria as a definite perk, when it’s probably one of the lamest offerings in reality. :) I’ve worked for RIM in a technical capacity as a co-op student and the facilities in Waterloo are fairly weak, unless you’re in the manufacturing plant. For most employees, it’s not so much a cafeteria as it is packaged sandwiches, soups and salads, and a daily “special”. Not that the quality is bad, but coming from the facilities at IBM’s Toronto Lab (integrated Tim Hortons, five hot food stations, really good quality), it’s nowhere near that standard.

    I believe the plant has a separate cafeteria which might be better, but last I’d heard, it required a manufacturing employee to sign you in to take advantage of it.

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