Former BlackBerry Employees Join Competitors and Telcos, Not Startups: Study

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BlackBerry was founded in the 1980s, and since then has employed tens of thousands of people in Canada.

But between people quitting, getting fired, and getting laid off, there are now several thousand former BlackBerry employees working elsewhere in Canada. Startup Careerify decided to find out just where they headed.

According to an observation of more than 600 former BlackBerry, Careerify found that they largely stay within the technology sector, primarly the telecommunications industry such as Telus and Rogers and competitors such as Google and Samsung. Very few BlackBerry employees wind up in the startup space, the data suggests.

39% of former BlackBerry employees work for telcos, mostly Telus (37%) and Rogers (34%). 55% work for other technology companies, mainly Microsoft (37%) and Desire2Learn (33%). Only 6% work for startups - and most that Careerify mentions, like HootSuite and FreshBooks, aren't even startups anymore. This strongly goes against anecdotal data that has suggested last year's BlackBerry layoffs would empower Canada's startup ecosystem.

However, we know there are at least some success stories involving former BlackBerry employees building new companies. For example, Michael Litt was a member of the Software Product Management team at BlackBerry before cofounding Vidyard.

"Being a part of the Software Product Management team at BlackBerry gave me insight into managing, filtering and integrating massive volumes of customer data and insight into consumer products," Litt told Careerify. "I worked with a fantastic team of people that have now spread into various roles at other large companies and startups in the Waterloo Region."

 

Company:
Telus Corp.
Website:
http://www.telus.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology is a key enabler for TELUS and our customers, providing advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. By managing the life cycle of current technologies and the timely introduction of new technologies we deliver superior service value to our customers and long-term growth oriented investment performance to our shareholders. For investors, TELUS is succeeding in managing technology and capital... more

Company:
Microsoft Canada
Website:
http://www.microsoft.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

At Microsoft, we're motivated and inspired every day by how our customers use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what's most important to them. We run our business in much the same way, and believe our seven core business units offer the greatest potential to serve our customers in the coming decade. more

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

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only did we introduce a... more

Company:
Careerify
Website:
http://www.careerify.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Careerify is a social talent acquisition and employee engagement software that great organizations use to build their recruitment strategy. This platform allows organizations to connect with their employee’s vast social networks, creating a great opportunity to reach millions of potential candidates and find the best talent from those that you trust most; your employees. more


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