Tough times for BlackBerry: may reduce workforce by 40%

To say that BlackBerry doesn’t find itself in the strongest position at the moment might be a smidge of an understatement. BlackBerry 10 really hasn’t taken off in the way the company might have hoped, and despite the arrival of new hardware (the just-announced Z30) and broadening the availability of the company’s software, bringing BBM to Android and iOS this coming weekend, much of the talk we’ve been hearing about the company as of late has focused more on its struggles than any successes. Indeed, what BlackBerry’s been saying has made it seem that even selling the company might be in the cards, and a report from earlier this month suggested that a deal could be ready as soon as November. Today we get some more bad news for BlackBerry fans, with word that the company’s gutting its workforce.

According to these sources, BlackBerry may dismiss as much as two-fifths of its workforce before the year’s out, leaving thousands without jobs. While this wouldn’t be one, swift action, we would supposedly see several waves of such layoffs, touching all divisions within the company.

This would just be the latest in a series of publicized cutbacks within BlackBerry, though it could easily match last year’s layoff of 5,000 workers.

Even with these cost-cutting measures, the company is reportedly still looking for a buy-out, and that November schedule could still very much be in the cards.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Via: Engadget

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!