September 26, 2013

Goodbye Blackberry



{Photos by Sabrina}

Blackberry recently suffered from a 1 billion dollar loss and they are cutting 40% of their employees. Now they are planning to sell the company and break it in pieces.

I worked for them for almost 5 years and I am definitely thankful that I got out when I did. Looking back I feel blessed of how everything turned out. While I love my new job, I'm sad that Blackberry turned out this way.

It's unfortunate because Blackberry was one of the biggest Canadian companies. I never thought that Blackberry was as innovative as their competitors but I always find it distasteful when Canadians, especially Canadian business owners, openly slam Blackberry for no real reason. I don't think these people realize how much the corporation contribute to the Canadian economy through taxes and philanthropy, plus all the taxes its employees pay, plus the corporation's financial support to other Canadian businesses.

I loved how Blackberry kept the core of their employees in Canada instead of outsourcing. I loved how when I called for my Playbook support it was always some Canadian from some small town who answers rather someone from a developing country. I loved that they didn't take advantage of the low wage and wanted to keep it all Canadian.

It's sad that Blackberry invented the smart phone and is now lost in the smart phone industry. It's sad that towns such as Waterloo and Guelph will now suffer from high unemployment and its people will have to move to another town to find other jobs. And it's sad that big Canadian corporations all seem to eventually become American.

Anyway, all good things come to an end. We will see how it goes.

19 comments:

  1. Very eloquently expressed, Julie. It definitely feels like the end of an era seeing all those headlines about the layoffs.

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  2. great article!!!! outfit is chic as ussually))) xx)))

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  3. They have sold it! :)
    I love your t-shirt
    xx

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  4. Oh well, I am glad for you that you got out too! I love the outfit! Casual and yet awesome with those killer heels!

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  5. I totally get what you are feeling. In Finland, Nokia sold their phones to Microsoft. So no more our reliable phones from Finland. Nokia have been our great "big company" which we have been very proud. But not anymore.

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    1. Krista, I was just about to say something along those lines. While I personally dislike their phones, it's been good for the economy here.

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    2. Yeah Nokia was also so sad, I LOVED Nokia phones (esp my 6500!) before they all became smartphones. My friend worked for them here in Canada and yaa towards the end of it the office was not looking so good with all the drawings on white boards and no one in those cubes...

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  6. I worked in state government and our assigned phones were Blackberries up until the day I left, about a month ago. While some people are switching to iPhones, I never saw the reason for that...for my work phone. I have an iPhone as a personal phone, but I don't need all of that for a work phone that will primarily be used to check e-mail or get phone calls. In that sense, I think Blackberry is still a relevant phone, but BYOD is kind of killing the dedicated work phone.

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  7. That is sad, and it's too bad things turned out that way for Blackberry. However, its good you got out when you did!
    Love your cool triangle tee and shoes too

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  8. OMG! I didn't know anything about that...
    BTW, love your tee :)
    xx

    Eli

    www.acurlystyle.blogspot.com

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  9. Too many people slam corporations with no real knowledge of them. I guess it's trendy.
    It is sad....such a good company, with a sense of community.
    But on the bright side, you look marvelous!

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  10. It's sad but that's the world of business, sometimes failure is inevitable. :(

    BTW, love the shirt!

    Love,
    Ericka of http://behappyblue.blogspot.com

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  11. That's sad to hear. Well, in this life you never know when and how things will turn out. It's how we cope that matters. On a good note, you look amazing as always! Love the heels too :) Have a great weekend! xo

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  12. I never knew Blackberry was Canadian... thanks for the mini history - makes me feel more sympathetic about its recent troubles...

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  13. I dont know that much about blackberry cuz they dont sell in Sweden, but I do know that they are HUGE everywhere else....oh men too bad this happenend... its weird when this thing happens.... But Im glad you are happy with your new job and you look totally fierce

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  14. I really like this casual outfit - those heels are awesome with the jeans!

    I remember when blackberry first came on the market - they were definitely leaders and everyone wanted one. But technology and trends change so quickly sadly.

    Away From The Blue

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