RIM imposes a six-day work week for employees developing BlackBerry 10

RIM imposes a six-day work week for employees developing BlackBerry 10
"There’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now" – This is what RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said during an interview a few days ago. Yeah, right... In reality, the company has been struggling for the past few years as competition has been pushing its smartphone market share to new lows. Some believe that the upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices might bring the company back to its feet, yet for that to actually happen, the new platform must be finished in a timely manner and executed properly. And you know what, that is exactly what RIM is currently most focused on.

Many of RIM's employees in Ottawa now have to work six days a week and will have their summer vacations limited. The company's headquarters in Ottawa is the primary spot where the new software is being brewed, so all of that extra effort will go into developing and finalizing the BlackBerry 10 platform. RIM clarifies that quality and stability are of utmost importance, which is why there won't be any attempts in rushing the software to the market.  

Last week, RIM announced that BlackBerry 10 is being delayed and won't be out before Q1 of 2013. Some of the smartphones that RIM is working on leaked not long ago: the touchscreen-equipped L series and the more traditional, QWERTY-packing N series. This is shaping up to be RIM's last attempt to pick up pace in the smartphone race, and if it fails, a takeover won't be out of the question.



1. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Welcome to a New York work week Ottawa.

2. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

atleast rim is trying to stay on schedule atleast they are doing something

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Mandatory six day work weeks are a sign of desperation. Sounds like BB10 is not ready for prime time. Even the Emperor is starting to realize they are wearing no clothes. I wonder who between Nokia and RIM will see their stock reach the magical $0.99/sare price first?

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012


14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is a hard choice. Nokia is closer to the magical number, but RIM is missing deadlines and everything I read about them is negative. Even the RIM fans aren't rushing to RIM's defense.

3. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

despite rim's unbeatable bis, more and more people are leaving them everyday, so while their new OS no doubt is going to be fantastic, it wont be enough to win over former and new users hearts... rim needs a full-blown come back...os, hardware, and apps... apps will take time of course, but no excuse for the first two....

4. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I recently was talking to my wife about blackberry, more in particular her blackberry phone she had. Whats interesting and I think the rest of the globe would side the same way is that she told me how much she loved her blackberry and she was addicted to it. There was a time when all she would buy is a blackberry. But since apple and android devices came out she realized how much better they were and is addicted to android and her itouch. Basically RIM fell short and her addiction went elsewhere. now being addicted to this format of devices why would she return to blackberry. She tells me she wouldnt no matter how good future blackberry devices are. I think the rest of the comunity most likley feels about the same. once addicted but not anymore. blackberrys following of loyal customers has moved on. kinda sad but I hope for RIMs success.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It seems like 2 lifetimes ago, but my Wife was like yours. She wanted a BlackBerry or nothing. Showed her one large screened phone (I think it was the Samsung Infuse), and she wanted nothing more to do with RIM. I was actually excited about the 2nd Gen Torch vertical slider. Sad to say I am sure I would put RIM somewhere behind a used WebOS device and maybe just ahead of Bada in my pecking order of OS preference.....

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There are soo many similar stories to what you just shared about your wife. I was a Curve 8330 addict until I tried the X. Then it was buh-bye RIM. And that is the problem for RIM - the pool of addicts is shrinking to way below critical mass. Their addicts have moved on. Even the U.S. govt. has moved on.

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

There seems to be a cloud if mystery around RIM. I hope they can get back on their feet. I had the infamous bb storm. I Never expected in a million years RIM would lose to a search engine and a niche computer manufacturer.

7. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I personally prefer to work extra two hours daily and sometime nights...when close to build release :)

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Do you like to work 6 days a week? How about 6 days a week for the next 9 months? Somehow, I doubt it. Reading between the lines, BB10 is nowhere near ready for prime time with this announcement.

11. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

How many man hours does it take to produce the next press release for the next 4 month delay of BB10?

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That press release will be the one that announces RIM's decision to be merged into some other company, file for bankruptcy protection or declare a liquidating dividend.

15. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

It took Blackberry over a year just to add email to the Playbook.

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