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Source: RIM will lay off 3000 on August 13th

According to the sources, jobs for those working on RIM’s new Blackberry10 operating system are generally safe, as are those who work in enterprise sales. The areas facing the deepest cuts are customer service, human resources, marketing, non-enterprise sales and RIM’s Global Repair Services.

According to Cantech Letter sources, the quiet halls of Research in Motion offices will grow even quieter on August 13th.

That’s the day when up to three-thousand RIM employees -the amount remaining for the company’s previously announced cuts of five-thousand- will take place. RIM wants to complete the layoffs before the end of its second quarter, which ends August 31st, say sources close to the company.

Late in June, the BlackBerry-maker reported the worst quarter in its history. In its Q1 2013, RIM posted a net loss of (US) $518-million, or $.99 cents per share. Revenue was a scant $2.8-billion. Adding to the cloud hanging over the company was the announcement that its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system, generally regarded as RIM’s last shot at a revival, would be delayed until Q1 2013.

The move following Q1 mirrored the layoffs of two-thousand last summer, when the company posted a comparatively healthy $4.9-billion topline.


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According to the sources, jobs for those working on the company’s new Blackberry 10 operating system are generally safe, as are those who work in enterprise sales. The areas facing the deepest cuts are customer service, human resources, marketing, non-enterprise sales and RIM’s Global Repair Services.

The expected cuts will reduce RIM’s employee count to barely 10,000 around the world, down from 16,500 early this year, and halved from a high of nearly 20,000.

Shares of Research in Motion on the TSX closed Friday up 5.1% to $7.41.

Note: To the knowledge of the author, Research in Motion has not publicly confirmed these layoffs.



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  1. It’s news because until now we didn’t know when the previously announced job losses would occur.

  2.  Anyone holding out hope for BB10 is hopelessly lost. Whatever changes RIM makes now, appears to be too late with Apple and Android based devices dominating the market.

  3. At the top of their share price they had around the same number of employees as they will have after these layoffs. As recently as 2005 they had only around 2,000 employees (yet managed to release product faster).

    It’s an illusion that the more people you have working on something the sooner you can finish. It can be true, but only if you’re organizationally exceptional which RIM are clearly not.

  4. who needs customer service when you are re building your brand, operating system and hardware components in the most fiercely competitive business on the planet

  5. Its more important to keep quality and key employees in their company instead of growing in numbers but delivers no quality.

  6. RIM has strange culture and self distruct political environment.In RIM if a new hired person figure out major problem and introduce efficient approach, both manager and his buddy group member will proof their wrong approach works. just like someone point out driving a car is right way, pushing a car is wrong way, then both manager and his buddy group member will hate you, and proof that 3 person can also move the car by pushing it. cheating email will be sent to some vice president, saying like: see, the car moving, pushing a car is a natural part of the process, in order to deny new hired contribution of introducing skill of drive a car, they have to deny merit of driving a car.It is very strange company culture and strange company political environment, it promote stealing and cheating skill. RIM’s management may be a typical instance in MBA course.This culture deny or steal hardworking team members’ contribution/innovation, generate strange political environment, destroy RIM.and with this culture, the more layoff, the more pretender left. after lay off 10K employee, RIM will figure out all the pretenders, let them stay in old RIM, and new RIM survive.

  7. What’s all happening is due to incompetence of non qualified people in the management who are running it like a family Business rather then a Multinational Org. Many from the Management people have got in due to personal contacts, now became a burden to the copany andtheir wrong decisions have damaged RIM’s reputation and business extensively. If you hier a technical person with a Master’s degree in the field and relevant industry exposuer. Almost 100% from visible minorities on contrast roughly 3-4% of local people serving in their technical areas have at least one University degree in the field. Situation is even worse in management where most of them are high school grads with a short term diploma or few certificate courses on their credential with some experience of working here and there and they are are given to run a multinational company, which they are running like a family business without having a clue of what they are doing and how their wrong decisions are damaging the business.

  8. ”  To the knowledge of the author, Research in Motion has not publicly confirmed these layoffs.”
    i.e. We’re just making this sh*t up as usual. How do you have the gall to write an article that is premised entirely on something that the company itself has not confirmed? It’s just unbelievable how the media will write. At least this wasn’t the typical RIM-bashing article. I’ll give you credit for that. But still, we have a major problem in society now with the unlimited internet and 24/7 cable media. Namely, that the need to fill up the page, screen, airtime with ANYTHING trumps whether or not the story is based on FACT, i.e. if it’s true. People are writing ANYTHING and getting away with it. Generally, Cantech is not one of the worst offenders in this regard, so forgive me for writing this comment here. Don’t mean to single you out. It’s just that we must speak out against this phenomenon. The media must be held accountable for what they publish. Seeking Alpha is terrible in this regard. Amateurs write garbage that is totally made up, no basis in fact, then they stick a sensationalist headline on it to draw clicks, and then Yahoo publishes a link to it. This is madness.  

  9.  This isn’t an article about the future of RIM. Can’t help yourself, eh? What…there aren’t enough THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of places to dump on RIM. You know, this RIM-bashing reminds me of BDS – Bush Derangement Syndrome.

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