BlackBerry Lays Off Dozens More Canadian Employees Despite Financial Turnaround

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

In the midst of financial turmoil, BlackBerry laid off thousands of employees, many of them Canadian.

Now BlackBerry is back on reasonably solid financial footing. But the layoffs—while slowed—haven't quite stopped.

Less than a week after the Canadian smartphone maker closed in on profitability, boosted sales, and bolstered its cash pile, the company has laid off dozens of developer relations employees. According to BlackBerry, the layoffs were necessary in order to "realign resources to focus on new programs that will drive enterprise application development."

“BlackBerry is working hard to return to profitability and we continue to optimize our resources to be in a better position to compete in this current mobile environment,” the Waterloo-based tech giant affirmed, adding that these most recent layoffs were all apart of the cuts announced last year.

With the previously announced layoffs nearly complete, CEO John Chen says only a "handful" of employees still face the axe.

Company:
BlackBerry
Website:
http://www.blackberry.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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