Report: Blackberry lays off third of its Waterloo employees
Citing a number of sources, Mobilesyrup reported Friday that Blackberry has laid off roughly 35 % of its workforce in Waterloo, Canada — the place the corporate is headquartered. That interprets into about one thousand individuals dropping their jobs. In response to Mobilesyrup, the BB10 and Units divisions suffered the deepest cuts with one hundred fifty members of the latter group getting sacked. A small variety of staff from Blackberry’s Dawn, Florida workplace have been additionally let go.
Blackberry has issued a press release confirming the layoffs:
As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we stay targeted on driving efficiencies throughout our international workforce. This implies discovering new methods to allow us to capitalize on progress alternatives, whereas driving towards sustainable profitability throughout all elements of our enterprise. Consequently, a small variety of staff have been impacted in Waterloo and Dawn, FL. It additionally signifies that BlackBerry is actively recruiting in these areas of our enterprise that may drive progress. For these staff which have just lately left the corporate, we all know that they’ve labored onerous on behalf of our firm and we’re grateful for his or her dedication and contributions.
The layoffs aren’t an entire shock, nevertheless, provided that the corporate has just lately begun transitioning to the Android OS in favor of its BB10 working system.