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BlackBerry's three-year reconstruction now over, the company will be hiring again

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BlackBerry's three-year reconstruction now over, the company will be hiring again

Reuters reports that BlackBerry's three-year reconstruction and “painful” workforce reduction process has come to an end. This was revealed by an internal company memo, coming from no one else than CEO John Chen. During this time period, the company has laid off its more than half of its employees. The reason for this seems to be BlackBerry's desire to redefine itself and become an adequate player on today's market. At the moment, roughly 7,000 people work at BlackBerry compared to some 17,500 three years ago.

“We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us,” Chen said in the memo.

Now, after the Ontario-based company has finished its inner revamp, it will begin to hire new employees for certain departments, such as product development, sales, and customer service. John Chen also stated that BlackBerry will take its time and won't rush this process, as it will most probably be looking for the most appropriate and skillful candidates.

The financial qualms and troubles that have disturbed BlackBerry over the past few years have also been addressed by the CEO. Chen said that he is confident that the company is doing good at the moment and is well on its way for the much-desired turnaround, which John Chen has been hoping for since he stepped in. The CEO also assured the employees that there is “no margin for error to complete BlackBerry's turnaround to success”. Interestingly enough, it was said that BlackBerry is now in the position to make strategic acquisitions that will further aid the revenue stream - one of its latest acquisitions, the Secusmart one, proves that BlackBerry plans to up its game in the security department even more. 

As no one wants to buy BlackBerry at the moment (at least as per John Chen himself), the only viable option before the ex-giant company is to slowly get back on its feet. But will it succeed? Judging by the upcoming BlackBerry Passport, it still has something something to try to woo us with.

source: Reuters via BerryReview

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posted on 05 Aug 2014, 05:00 1

1. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)

Okay lol

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 05:12 1

2. jojon (Posts: 356; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


posted on 05 Aug 2014, 05:17 1

3. rahul.niks (Posts: 86; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Make a UI on Android, or just sell stock android with your apps and design, you will be back, its as simple as said but don't know why fool like bb, and fallen warrior like Nokia don't do

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 05:48 13

4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1617; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Considering Blackberry is trying to position itself as a company offering secure devices in a world plagued by the NSA, I would say offering an Android device wouldn't be in line with their business plan. Android still has some pretty major security flaws that open it up to cybersecurity threats. I am a fan of Android, but I don't think I've ever wanted companies to just accept that there can only be two OSes in the world: iOS and Android. In that world, a world without any real competition, the software product would become stale from lack of innovation and a drive to succeed.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:52 1

5. kanagadeepan (Posts: 975; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Good point Doc... +1

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:25

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

But Blackberry OS isn't as secure as they want to believe either (the NSA has no problems with any device I assume). They are just in their "Mac" mode where they have such a tiny market share that no one cares to hack their devices (their market is shrinking too). Also, Android and iOS are platforms for development, as well as WP. Android though is largely open and isn't deathly controlled by one company

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:39 1

8. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

BlackBerry 10 is indeed more SECURE than the rest. The NSA has yet to back into BB10, unlike Android and iOS. Devices running older OS's versions of BlackBerry's OS may have been compromised, but BB10 has not. There is absolutely NO OS on the market today from any vendor EXCEPT BlackBerry that offers suck a complete end to end solution. BlackBerry's market may be smaller than the rest in the consumer market, but in the enterprise market, they have more market share than the others. Android not being controlled by one company does not make it any more secure, either.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 11:08

14. cncrim (Posts: 899; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Have you even though BlackBerry is more sercure because no care about it so hacker dont like spend resource it. Same augurment Apple use vesus PC back in the day, now IOS is so popular jailbreak come out for every updatemis inevitable?

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 11:52 1

18. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

No. I have not thought that because that's BS. BlackBerry is more secure because of the time and effort spent on making the OS secure. 30+ years experience in the security field proves this. NO ONE offers such a robust end to end like BlackBerry. NO ONE. Popularity has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with it. You sound like a typical BlackBerry hater.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 11:48

17. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)


posted on 05 Aug 2014, 15:00 1

20. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1617; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

That is true, which is why Blackberry not only has been very open about being able to run Android apps but they have now struck a deal with Amazon to have their app store become standard on BB10 devices starting in the fall. I think that's a big step in the right direction. I would look towards the spring of next year to see whether they can survive in the consumer market. Chen has always said that once he gets his footing right in enterprise markets with this upcoming release that he would move on to the consumer market.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:34 1

7. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Going Android is not always the answer. You just have to look at HTC's and Sony's latest ER's to see that. Too many Android fans think that "going Android" is the answer, and it is not. There is only ONE Android OEM making any profits at all, and that's Samsung. The others are breaking even at best. As John Chen has said, the restructuring is over. They are looking to hire new talent.

BlackBerry using their own homegrown OS also allows them to further differentiate themselves in a market already filled to the brim with competitors using the same OS. If you remove Android skins from any Android OEM, do you not have essentially the same phone from all Android OEM's? Aside from minor hardware differences that answer is yes, and most Android OEM's have been adding the same hardware and software features as their Android competition.

BB10 is so different from what's currently on the market today. It's gesture based OS is a true breath of fresh air. Also, as DR. Phil has already pointed out: BlackBerry using Android would be counterproductive to what they are accomplishing in the security and regulated industries, and we as consumers should want CHOICE, not just two OS's on the market. That would breed stagnation.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:42 1

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

This is great news for BlackBerry. John Chen has definitely directed the company in the right direction. His efforts on behalf of BlackBerry will now begin to bear fruit, and we are at the very beginning of a growth era for BlackBerry. Keep up the great work, BlackBerry!

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 16:11

21. domfonusr (Posts: 510; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

Even though I'm not a BlackBerry fan, I'm still very hopeful with what I've seen lately. I don't want the mobile industry to condense down to just three main options... and without Tizen OS entering the picture on schedule, and Jolla's Sailfish OS and Firefox OS being a bit underwhelming, I am worried about the ability of new operating systems to break into this market. I hope BlackBerry can get their footing in the enterprise segment, keep security as their great strength, and come back to the consumer market as a viable option so that BB10 can take off. This will keep us in a four-horse race for now, even though three of the options are either Unix-based (iOS, BB10) or Unix-like (Android), and all of them (including Windows Phone) are hybrid kernels - I suppose that all of the options are becoming more alike in a number of respects due to the fairly universal user experience that consumers are largely demanding these days, but that's a whole different discussion for another time.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 19:19

22. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Agreed on all points.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:21 2

10. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2099; Member since: 29 May 2014)

I'm a diehard Android fan and even I know that going Android isn't for everyone. Every Android OEM isn't successful. That's painfully obvious. Even the Android "king" is getting dethroned in markets. Seriously, you Android fanatics are as bad as Apple & WP fanatics.

Now I'm just waiting for trolls like APisskula and WackyWahu to come thru and speak utter troll nonsense. Well... Maybe not Wacky, he's on a time out. :-)

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:29 1

13. ablopez (Posts: 235; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

Agreed regarding Android. BB needs to stay separate for all the reasons meanestgenius and Dr. Phil mentioned earlier.z

What happened to Wacky?? What did I miss? How do we get him to permanently stay away?

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 11:47 1

15. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

He's been "limited". He will most likely be back with a vengeance in a week or so, but it's good to be able to have decent debates and conversations in a respectful manner without the asinine rhetoric and BS that he brings with him.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 11:47 1

16. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2099; Member since: 29 May 2014)

Wacky's on a one week timeout. Too much trolling. PA finally sat him down for a minute. Now if only they'd do that to APisskula. They'll ban him permanently if he continues to troll.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:33

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I think BB still going to fail with their weird SQUARED SHAPE design. While the CEO collecting his payments.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:47 1

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

That is your opinion, and you are most welcome to it.

Regarding that "weird SQUARED SHAPE design:

That's a breath of fresh air in terms of design. Too many Android phones look like other Android phones and the same can be said for Windows Phone. I won't even mention the iPhone because the designs only change when they go up in number, i.e.- 3 to -4, etc. The Passport will be more of a hit with governments and regulated industries like healthcare. Also, considering the massive interest being shown by the media and consumers alike, I'd say BlackBerry has a hit in the making.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 11:59 1

19. iSometimes (Posts: 57; Member since: 16 Feb 2011)

I love BlackBerry. In fact, I have two BlackBerry devices; Q10 and Z10. I also own a GS4. I must say, I pick the BB devices every time. I'm not big on apps, which is the the only thing I feel BB lacks. But, for me that doesn't matter. BB is so much more efficient and quick. I would love to see new devices that are even better. For me, Android has gotten a bit boring. Especially, touchwiz.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 08:15

23. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

The only hiring they will be doing is janitors to clean the place up followed by the moving trucks when the place is liquidated.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 10:54

24. ablopez (Posts: 235; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

Wrong again. Hiring and buying companies is a sign that they're doing well.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 11:34 1

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

So WackyWahy is out, but you still are trolling around BlackBerry articles. All facts and evidence point to BlackBerry being better, yet you still cannot comprehend this, Apiskula. It must literally eat you alive that a company you hate so much is doing so much better now, making acquisitions and hiring new talent. Poor you. Lol!

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 13:43

26. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Give some time fanboy and they will be gone. They will not be doing any hiring. They continue to lose market share and decline in the mobile industry.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 13:53 1

27. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

They're not losing ANY market share in enterprise, paid troll. Trolls like you have been claiming the demise of BlackBerry for years now, and they're still here. Enterprise and regulated industry is where BlackBerry is strongest, it's where BlackBerry is the LEADER. They're focus is there, not the consumer market. Making acquisitions and now hiring new talent only signals that a period of growth for BlackBerry is here now.

By the way, you said they won't be hiring anyone, and yet they JUST HIRED a new COO. Kinda puts your "they won't be doing any hiring" theory to bed, doesn't it?

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 16:08 1

28. ablopez (Posts: 235; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

You do realize that you're a bigger BlackBerry fanboy than you are an Android fanboy, don't you?

MG is right. They're hiring for important positions, and like the article says, the reconstruction period is over.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 16:21 1

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 16189; Member since: 28 May 2014)

That's true, ablopez!

Apiskula never comments on ANY other articles EXCEPT BlackBerry articles..he is one of the biggest BlackBerry fans there is!

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