I’d like to think BlackBerry is still doing okay but recent reports and even rumors are not doing the smartphone pioneer any good. CEO John Chen may be doing his best but looks like it’s not enough to get BlackBerry out of its rut. To make things worse, about 120 employees are about to lose their jobs with the company this week. What a sad scenario: pink slips being given away at the Waterloo office.
BlackBerry’s Waterloo office will have less 120 workers soon. These are those that are part of BlackBerry’s product development and wireless technology teams. It was September 2013 that BlackBerry last laid off a few members of the workforce, most of which were part of the US sales team.
The number may be nothing compared to other companies slashing off thousands from the labor force but this is BlackBerry we’re talking about. It’s another indication that the company is going down, unfortunately. But then again, this could also be the CEO’s way of getting up and restructuring the whole company. BlackBerry’s partnership with Roxconn, a Chinese manufacturer, is believed to help the Canadian manufacturer.
“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.”