BlackBerry reported cutting around 200 jobs at its headquarters in Ontario and Florida for the company to trim its operation costs, , as the smartphone maker moves its fortunes and put emphasis on enterprise software business.
“As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce,” stated in an email.
BlackBerry declined to made a comment on the number percentage of its total workforce that was affected by the recent job cuts. But according to source, BlackBerry had 6,225 employees as of Feb. 28, 2015.
The said layoffs affect 75 manufacturing jobs located in Sunrise and Florida, this was stated in a government website.
The company confirmed that Gary Klassen is the one who departed the latest round of job cuts. Klassen the longest tenured employees and inventor of BBM messaging service.
One source declined to be identified due to sensitivity of the issue said that many of Canadian cuts were people working on BB10 handset software at its Waterloo, Ontario, headquarters.
In its final attempt to revive its handset, BlackBerry recently released its first ever Android based device in last November. It has stated it plans to release at least one more Android-based phone this year.