With struggling smartphones sales and a seeming lack of iPhone and Android toppling ideas, former handset giant BlackBerry is to see its parent company Research in Motion slash around 2,000 jobs in the coming weeks, new reports have revealed.
Having faced a series of consecutive poor quarter performances, press in the company’s native Canada have suggested RIM could axe around 12 per cent of its global workforce as early as this Friday with the cuts to come just months after former co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were forced out as Thorsten Heins took control of the company.
Despite shedding a further 2,00 members of staff last summer, RIM has been unable to stop the rot with a number of underwealming releases seeing the QWERTY touting handset manufacturer fall into obscurity behind the rapidly evolving iOS, Android and even Windows Phone markets.
Pinning its hopes on its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system overhaul, it is said the latest round of job cuts will sweep across departments, ranging from senior positions in RIM's legal division to human resources, finance, sales, and marketing.”
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