BlackBerry makes global job cuts

BlackBerry makes global job cuts
Still struggling despite assurances from CEO John Chen that he will return the handset business to profitability, BlackBerry announced today that it was making global job cuts. While the exact number of employees receiving a pink slip was not revealed, the company is looking to consolidate the handset, software and applications businesses. As of February, the latest month for which data is available, the company had a head count of 6225 full-time employees.

BlackBerry continues to lose market share in the global smartphone arena and even the unique BlackBerry Passport and the old-school BlackBerry Classic couldn't revive sales. The most recent release from the manufacturer is the BlackBerry Leap, a low-to-mid-range model with a 25-hour battery life. With BlackBerry 10.3.1 out of the box, the Leap comes with BlackBerry Assistant, the Android flavored Amazon Appstore, BlackBerry Blend and more.

Amid rumors that Microsoft and Xiaomi are both interested in buying BlackBerry, the company's stock is up 44% in the U.S. over the last 12 months. To be fair, rumors about a BlackBerry takeover seem to start spreading every few months. Back in January, there was talk that Samsung would buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion; of course, that rumor never came true.

source: Reuters



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Google should buy BB or Apple but not Microsoft we already seen how s**tty their mobile part is going. I hate Microsoft for ruining Nokia.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't believe Google would make a move for BlackBerry considering they have a partnership in place that already benefits both companies. Microsoft would want BlackBerry simply for the security patents and maybe QNX since QNX took over its market share in automobile entertainment systems. The Xaomi rumor is laughable since no Chinese company would ever be able to purchase them. The Canadian government has to approve a buyout and so the likely candidate pool would be very small especially since they wouldn't want to lose Canadian jobs after a potential takeover.

54. JoniCen

Posts: 18; Member since: May 24, 2015

Blackberry would not be sold to Microsoft/Google/Apple/Samsung/Xiaomi/Lenovo/etc. The main reason is the price. Our shareholder still think that Blackberry worth billions of dollar, but all that company that made an offer is way less than 1 billion dollar. I will do my best to give our shareholder the best value.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Oh, look: It's MancalledJane on his 3rd account. Nice try, but your poor English is giving you away, buddy.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

I prefer this version instead: "BlackBerry Has Openings For Up To 100 Of The Best And Brightest! See what I did there? While everybody else is blabbering on and on about a job cut today, the reality of what is actually happening is just… well… unimportant. Because it’s “headlines”, and “clicks” that matter, right?   So I decided that turnabout is fair play. You see, I randomly found four different sites all with similar headlines. They are (in no particular order) Rapidmobile, Hamilton Spectator, Bloomberg, and Globe and Mail. They all talk about a job cut of an unspecified size. The smartphone maker said Friday the layoffs occurred because it is consolidating its device software, hardware and business applications business. The consolidation is “impacting a number of employees around the world,” BlackBerry said in a statement. It did not specify the number of people affected or the locations where layoffs have taken place Well, that’s what happens when you “consolidate, merge, or acquire”, isn’t it? To be fair, a couple of the articles briefly mention some good news. You know… the “non-clickbait” stuff. The company’s website lists 90 job openings, including 69 in North America and 31 in Waterloo. I’m not too good at math but I’m willing to hear somebody explain how 90 is made up of 69 and 31, which is why I chose the title to this blog. In any case, that’s my point. BlackBerry is HIRING! Yes, you read that right, they have up to 100 job openings RIGHT NOW! BlackBerry is further CHANGING, they are not “circling the drain”, they are PROFITABLE! BlackBerry under our man Chen is working towards and getting closer to the end game of streamlining the handset business, along with creating a profitable software centric offering with MDM, IoT, QNX, BBM, vertical markets and more to compliment the hardware we love. I don’t know if the layoffs are a bigger number than the new hires, but I don’t care and neither should you dear gentle reader. It doesn’t matter. What matters is growth overall for BlackBerry, and Chen is kickin’ it. Need a job? Maybe you fit one of the 100 postings. Oh… and notice I used a “Confident Chen” picture, unlike “Gloomberg“.  Yeesh… That was taken from here:

3. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Dude.. you're just going psycho here. But I guess when you've thrown all your chips in with BB, you pretty much have to ride the ride til the end.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm going "psycho" because I posted something that shed a positive light on news that many tech sites will only choose to see in the negative? You must be an iPhone user.... Did you even bother to read what I posted, or check out the link I provided, or did you just post your comment?

5. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

No, you're psycho because you choose not to look reality in the face. Blackberry's consumer pie is pretty much nonexistent, and their enterprise pie is rapidly diminished. You didn't post something that "shed a positive light".. you simply tried to make up a bulls**t excuse for BB. Having 90 positions while potentially dropping several hundred is still a loss, not matter how much you spin it. If I buy 10 shares of various companies, and each share is bought for $100.. and 7 of them become worthless while 2 remain the same and 1 goes up $10 in value, that's a loss. What you're doing, is you're pointing at that $10 profit off of 1 share and claiming that somehow, you're on the upswing. Yes, I did read what you posted.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

First: Your math is off. 69 and 31 DO NOT equal 90. That right there alone tells me that you're an !Diot. Second: Post a link showing that BlackBerry's enterprise share is rapidly diminishing. I'll wait....and if you post a link citing devices, then you're 2x the !Diot I thought you were because BlackBerry's enterprise share is due primarily to their software, which includes BES. Third: I'm not saying that even ONE person losing their job isn't bad. All I'm doing is showing that their is MORE to this than what PA and other "tech sites" choose to post. Fourth: If you bothered to pay any attention at all to BlackBerry's most recent earnings report, you would know that their software IS on an "upswing", and they even posted a profit. Yes, you're an !Diot.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Psycho denial

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sorry Mxy, but if you haven't noticed in the last few BlackBerry articles, I'm not entertaining you. Find someone else to justify your lonely existence.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wasn't responding to you.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Blah blah blah... Comment #15.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey meanest... I read the same news on AI and on PA and trust me nearly every news about Apple is spun into two directions.. after reading your post, I get it - I see it everyday with Apple news depending where you read it... So, I get you. I'd hate for BB to go, and I doubt it will anytime soon - As much as I want Apple to win, win, WIN... Monopoly or Duopoly is worse than having 4 companies fighting for our interest. I really thought the Passport was a winner...

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you! I wish some of your iOS using "brethren" thought like you do. People really don't understand that the more choices we have, the more we win as consumers.

48. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

We do not need choices from BlackBerry. That is jus fine

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still need me to justify you're pitiful, lonely existence, I see... just begging for my attention, as usual. Just like I said you would. You're proving once again that I own you. Oh, comment #15 applies to you the most.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014


37. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Dude totally lost it today. Get well soon MeanestGenius

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Comment #15 applies to you also, turdy.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can't lose what wasn't there

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

You must be lonely. Comment #15.


Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

Stop being a BB douch! You're not deciding their future. I myself, a big nokia fan used to be like you right now but time went by and I got over it completely. Just move on forget your sad past.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Shut up, you insignificant troll. You give ALL iOS users a bad name. The only thing that's worth forgetting here is your lame @$$.

55. JoniCen

Posts: 18; Member since: May 24, 2015

Meanest my man, I'm really sorry that I failed to turn around the company. It was a though job, and the only way I can do is to reduce the company from very big to very small. I know you love blackberry so much, and you would die for us. But, again. It was imposible to make blackberry stay like it used to be. I'm also sorry that I have to fired you, your boyfirend, your mother, and also your cousin on this particular momment. I know you did a great job here spreading out our version of truth. But, we really need to fired the unnecessary people to stay profitable due to bad sales. I will told Satya that you were a very good person, and maybe Satya will accept you on their team. Best Regards, Your Master

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

See comment #64, loser.

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your poor wretch of a mother and deadbeat sperm donor of a dad must have dropped you in the rice paddy's once too often Jane, because you're creating multiple accounts just to troll BlackBerry. Trying to outdo your lover, tom.howard in trolling?

69. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I respect that your defense for BlackBerry but we all know is not selling great anymore...

70. meanestgenius

Posts: 22511; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have never claimed that BlackBerry was doing great in handsets. One needs only look at any of my comments to see this. What I have always claimed is that they have a great software offering, and that is where the money is for BlackBerry. I have also always said that BlackBerry is much better as an enterprise/government/regulated industries offering, being that they have the majority of market share in enterprise through their software offerings. I am under no such delusions of grandeur concerning BlackBerry's hardware division. But if I, or anyone else, chooses to use BlackBerry handsets, what business is it of anyone here? Why do SO MANY people here on PA troll BlackBerry so feverishly? Do you think what you have to say is going to make me or anyone else stop using their handsets? News flash: it's not.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Boom! Blackberry is gonna get a fate wore than Nokia. They have two choices. Sell themselves or fend for themselves.

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