The vultures are circling over BlackBerry’s Canadian Headquarters in the wake of revelations that the smartphone manufacturer has plans to lay off 40 per cent of its global workforce.
Apple was first on the scene; having already been a large contributor to the destruction of Blackberry’s business model, it turned its attentions to snapping up its rival’s scattered workforce.
Just days after the announcement of impending redundancy, Apple set up shop at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference centre located just a stone’s throw away from the Blackberry HQ in Waterloo, Ontario.
The company are even attempting to lure local talent to their Silicon Valley operation with the promise of logistical support if they make the move. A LinkedIn invite sent to a select group of BlackBerry employees was obtained by the Financial post, informing prospective talent that “Most positions will be based in Cupertino, CA. Relocation and immigration assistance will be provided for candidates that are hired, as needed.”
Apple was not the only company on the scene picking the fruits of Blackberry’s labour force. Intel also swooped in to hold another nearby information session, emailing employees an invite that read “we would like to invite you to ‘look inside’ Intel and meet some of our amazing employees and potentially interview for an opportunity to join our team.”
Twitter-co founder Jack Dorsey’s company, Square Inc., and Google’s smartphone manufacturer, Motorola Mobility, have also zeroed in on the region, announcing engineering offices being built just a short drive from BlackBerry’s birthplace.
The metamorphosis of BlackBerry’s home town into a recruiting hotbed follows the company’s announcement that it expected a loss of nearly $1 billion (£625.4 million) forcing it to cut 4,500 jobs worldwide.
At the end of March, Blackberry announced that it had 12,700 employees. In the long-term, however, the ailing company has admitted it plans to prune down its headcount to a more manageable number of around 7,000 full-time employees globally.
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