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News on That RIM Cuts 2,000 Jobs

July 26th, 2011

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We just got a hot news which shows today RIM announced it will cut over 2000 employees from their workface and plan to make some management changes. It is said that 2000 will be at the proportion of 10% of the total 19000 employees all over the world. We kind of had a feeling that RIM would be making some cuts but didn’t think it would be this many. Here is what RIM had to say:

“The workforce reduction is believed to be a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company and it follows an extended period of rapid growth within the company whereby the workforce had nearly quadrupled in the last five years alone.”

As far as management goes both Jim Balsille and Mike Lazaridis will keep their CO- CEO status. But RIM has lost RIM lost their Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison due to his retirement and Ryan Bidan to Samsung. And Thorsten Heins is taking on the expanded role of COO, Product and Sales. All product engineering functions, including both hardware and software teams, are being consolidated under Thorsten’s direction. This consolidation of product engineering functions is expected to both produce greater efficiencies and help to accelerate new product introductions in the future.
As part of this broad effort, RIM is reducing its global workforce across all functions by approximately 2,000 employees. The size of this workforce reduction is in line with the preliminary estimate that was factored into RIM’s full year financial guidance on June 16, 2011. Following the completion of the workforce reduction, RIM’s global workforce is expected to be approximately 17,000 people.

Different people have different opinions. Maybe there are more latest news on this, i am sure anyone who likes BlackBerry will care about this issues.