BlackBerry’s official statement about today’s layoffs and recruiting for the future’


Following reports from a number of different sources on the Internet of a number of departures from BlackBerry’s Waterloo an Florida bases, we approached BlackBerry for information. This was their response:

“As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities, while driving toward sustainable profitability across all parts of our business. As a result, approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida. It also means that BlackBerry is actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.”

While it is apparent that a number of employees have been “impacted”, as the above statement puts it, the statement also clearly states that BlackBerry is hiring in order to grow areas of their business and clarifies that those sites claiming 1000 people to be out of a job as a result have their facts wrong.

Hardly the actions of a dying company, are they?

Jon Hunnings

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