BlackBerry Ends Its Three-Year Workforce Reduction And Looks To Begin Modest Growth

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BlackBerry has closed the book on its three-year extensive workforce reduction process, according to an internal memo to employees obtained by Reuters. The note from BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that all notifications which were sent out to employees being let go as part of the restructuring have now gone out, and in fact, the company will begin hiring in key areas including product development, sales and customer service, in modest numbers and provided the market doesn’t get unexpectedly worse.

BlackBerry’s employee base has seen drastic cuts over the last three years, with a restructuring that was begun in earnest under former CEO Thorsten Heins. The process continued under Chen as planned, and the resulting BlackBerry is a much leaner organization, having dropped around 60 percent of its headcount from its total workforce size three years go.

The memo also highlighted BlackBerry’s new ability to make strategic acquisitions, like

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