Towards the means to cut costs, Blackberry Ltd has announced for massive job cuts, of that of 200 people at its headquarters in Ontario and Florida. It is estimated that around 35% of its workforce has been laid off.
“As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. This means finding new ways to enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all parts of our business. As a result, approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida,” Blackberry confirmed in an email statement.
“It also means that BlackBerry is actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions,” the statement said.
In the layoff, several employees including one of its longest-tenured employee Gary Klassen lost his job. He invented BBM messaging service.
Blackberry’s executive chairman John S. Chen had repeatedly reminded that the company will continue to produce phones, only if the business can break even. He mainly targets to shift Blackberry as a software and service provider company to government bodies and businesses.
Around 75 employees from a branch at Sunrise, Florida would also be let go this month.
Although Blackberry hinted about moving away from phone business, the company introduced a Blackberry phone that runs on Android OS last year. He also shared the plan to launch a second Android phone.