Not only has the company laid off about half the workforce, the company that started BlackBerry’s free fall is hovering over the carcass like a vulture. Yes, Apple is hiring and BlackBerry has plenty of engineering talent looking for work.
From Cold To Warm
Apple recently set up a recruitment operation not far from BlackBerry’s home. What does Apple have that current or former BlackBerry employees want and need?
Jobs. Specifically, jobs in sunny Cupertino, CA, a few thousand miles from BlackBerry’s global headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Layoffs at BlackBerry have been ongoing for a couple of years as the beleaguered company’s fortunes continue to wane as the company has never recovered from the sea change in smartphones started by the iPhone in 2007.
BlackBerry’s falling fortunes presented Apple with a unique opportunity to hire away qualified engineers, hence the recruitment drive in Canada.
Apple is sufficiently prosperous that the company can easily provide relocation and immigration assistance for BlackBerry employees (current or past).
BlackBerry is down to a carcass of bones and flesh, and Apple has become the hungry vulture, circling overhead ready to feast (hire away) whatever valuable flesh may remain.
To be fair, other technology companies have circled over BlackBerry, too, including chip giant Intel, as the company expands their Mobile and Communications Group. Google’s Motorola smartphone division is rumored to be planning an engineering hub in Waterloo.
BlackBerry is still entertaining a buyout offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings and other investors. A technology company is made up of talented engineers and executives and with Apple and others feasting on BlackBerry employees the company’s value may continue to drop.