RIM Employees Didn't Like Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis

by Knowlton Thomas | Research

Many investors grew a distaste for Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie in recent years, as did most consumers who actually followed the company that closely. Now it's been revealed that not even Research In Motion's own employees were pleased with the dual-CEOs.

A survey of well over 100 RIM employees, conducted by career insights website Glassdoor, found that the CEOs left on a rather sour note. Just 48% of RIM employees gave Mike and Jim an approval rating, substantially lower than the 62% average for chief execs.

The new CEO is the 6-foot-6, Munich-born Thorsten Heins. With 27 years of telecom experience, including 4 years with RIM, Thorsten has been ushered in by investors with a stock sinking 8.5% on news of his arrival. Welcome to the top, big guy.

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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... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. 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 hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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