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250 workers axed at BlackBerry

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250 workers axed at BlackBerry
Some 250 BlackBerry employees working at the company's testing facility in Waterloo were laid off on Tuesday and the news was confirmed by the manufacturer on Wednesday. Those let go had been working at the new products testing area, working on manufacturing and R&D. The company said that it had to let the 250 go in order to correctly scale for what it called "new opportunities". BlackBerry also said that the deed will improve the efficiency of the company. Last year, BlackBerry gave 5000 workers a pink slip as it started the transition to its new BlackBerry 10 OS and the new phones that go along with it, with the goal of saving $1 billion in overhead.

Earlier this month, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins asked his stockholders to be patient as the company continues to roll out new BlackBerry 10 models. The company is expected to launch the BlackBerry A10 in November. The device has been described as being the most powerful 'Berry ever. Leaked pictures and specs have revealed a 5 inch screen with 720 x 1280 resolution, a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. An 8MP snapper is expected on the back of the unit.

Earlier this month Heins told stockholders, "We are still in the midst of a major, complex transition of this company, and like most of these transformations ... progress can be volatile." With that in mind, we could see some more pruning of the employee roster by BlackBerry before the year is out.

source: CTVNews via MobileSyrup

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posted on 25 Jul 2013, 06:32 4

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Should always trim fat from top end first IMO.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:01 2

10. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

That's how businesses should work.
It's not the employees that are messing up, it's the upper management that sit on money and they don't know what to do.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 09:04

12. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

And yet when a company cuts 2,000 line workers or shuts down entire factories, the stock price increases. And the CEO, who holds hefty stock options, stands to benefit.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 06:36 2

2. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Signs of bankruptcy..

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 06:49 6

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

People like you should go dig a hole and hide in it.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:23

5. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Why? Can you elaborate?

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 08:33 2

11. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

It may not be a sure sign, but cutting R&D staff is not a good sign of future health.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 15:15

15. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)

RIP Blackberry

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 06:51 6

4. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

RIM to BB to RIP.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:26

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

I hate bb but this might be better for them

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:33 4

8. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

What exactly is the point of saying "I hate BB"? in that sentence? It has absolutely nothing to do with your statement of the status of the company. Thats like saying "i love Android but it might rain today".

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:34 1

9. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

What reason do you have for hating BB?

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:28

7. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

It looks like Blackberry are really struggling to find a market for their new BB10 OS, which is a shame since it is otherwise healthy competition to the industry stalwarts. It really does seem like the smartphone market is only big enough for a couple of big players since even Microsoft is struggling to gain traction. BB might end up leaving the hardware game at this rate and becoming just a software and services company. It'll be a sad day for the industry if and when that happens.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 09:29

13. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

It's a shame, I had the Z10 for about a week. I loved the phone but the app selection (or lack there of) is a problem. The disastrous quarterly results that BB just released probably wont motivate developers either. I traded the phone in for a Galaxy S4 while I was still in the T Mobile grace period.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 09:44 4

14. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I just find it curious that you would trade a Z10 for an S4. If you liked the smoothness of BB10, TouchWiz isn't the way I would've gone. It seems like people just "default" to the Galaxy S line.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 20:21

16. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

you're fired!

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 03:09 2

17. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

no good news from bb lately. They canĀ“t afford takin the same path as Nokia. Nokia has ms behind them. Bb has nothing. Releasing a10 with such specification is another nail to their coffin.

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