After several unconfirmed reports from anonymous sources this morning, BlackBerry has now confirmed a staffing restructuring that has affected employees in Waterloo and Sunrise, Florida. In their official statement, BlackBerry did not mention the number of employees impacted by layoff (rumored to be 35%, according to MobileSyrup
), but did confirm that these layoffs are part of their ongoing turnaround plan.
BlackBerry has now stated "approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida."
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, a small number of employees have been impacted in Waterloo and Sunrise, FL. 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.
Departments impacted have not been disclosed, but we can confirm that Gary Klassen
(creator of BBM, and one of BlackBerry’s longest-tenured employees) is one of the individuals impacted by these recent layoffs.