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BlackBerry to lay off 250 more workers, R&D and manufacturing support impacted

Andrew Sadauskas /

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has laid off a further 250 workers, with its manufacturing and R&D support teams bearing the brunt of the cuts.

According to a CTV News report, the layoffs are all in at the company’s product testing facility in its home town of Waterloo, Ontario.

As SmartCompany reported, the troubled smartphone pioneer, then known as Research in Motion, cut 10% of its global workforce – or 2000 staff – in May last year.

The company announced the loss of a further 3000 jobs in August of last year, following the announcement of a $US518 million quarterly loss, with chief executive Thorsten Heins claiming “there’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now”.

Senior executives did not escape the cuts, with one of the company’s two nine-seater corporate jets placed on the market.

The latest job cuts follow the departure of marketing boss Richard Piasentin, Blackberry Hub designer Marc Gingras and BlackBerry messenger vice president T.A. McCann, in the wake of recent US price cuts on the company’s flagship Z10 smartphone.

 

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Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.

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