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BlackBerry lets go 120 Waterloo employees from product and technology teams

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BlackBerry lets go 120 Waterloo employees from product and technology teams

Although BlackBerry fans are happy with how CEO John Chen has been handling the company, the same probably can't be said about the 120 Waterloo workers that lost their jobs at the company this week. The employees were part of BB's product development and wireless technology teams. This is the first major cut of workforce since BlackBerry laid off "several dozen" members of its US sales team last September. As BlackBerry signed a partnership with the "do-it-all" Chinese contract manufacturer Foxconn, it's safe to assume that it no longer needs to maintain these divisions locally.


BlackBerry's brief statement on the matter reads as follows:


"BlackBerry is working hard to return to profitability and we continue to optimize our resources to meet our mandatory operational targets. As such, this week’s employee reductions impact BlackBerry’s U.S. and Canadian operations with approximately 120 employees in the Waterloo, Ont., area. These employees were part of BlackBerry’s product development and wireless technology team."


source: BerryReview

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posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:20 1

1. Tizen007 (Posts: 500; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I hope the Z3 goes well !

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 05:08

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 693; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Well, I hope the Z3 is available at all

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:25

2. Lt.Green (Posts: 354; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


The worst part is this is just one of many other job cuts to come.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:35 2

3. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Apple and Android's duopoly will only saturate the market while consumers will obviously lose. I hope that BB will come back from the ashes. Competition is good.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 05:49

5. Liveitup (Posts: 1078; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Sorry to see BB struggle. Thorsten Heins destroyed that company, Blackberry should have adopted the WP platform when Microsoft approached them, they would have been a major player in a growing platform.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 06:23

6. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Z10 I am keeping. Think I will frame it. Sold the Q.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:55

7. apiskula (Posts: 566; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


And the decline continues!

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 12:07

9. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I just wish you would decline to comment! Enough already, troll....

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 13:52

10. apiskula (Posts: 566; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Yet you still continue to comment on my posts you fool. Ignore them if you do not like them.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 14:34

11. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I'll comment as long as you keep posting these anal comments, b***h a$$. Don't like it? I could care less, idiot.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 08:45

8. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Two BB phones are scheduled to be released in 2014: The entry level Z3 for 1H and the premium Q20 for 2H. Forget the Q20, that's not going to sell a lot just like the Z30 so the last great hope is the Z3 which might sell because of it's price point. The Z3 could make or break BB.

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