Smartphone Woes Prompt More Job Cuts at BlackBerry

Smartphone Woes Prompt More Job Cuts at BlackBerryThe problems continue for Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry.

The struggling smartphone maker has just announced yet another regrettable round of job cuts.

250 employees were laid off this week as the company works to streamline processes and cut-costs even further.

As of March of 2013, BlackBerry employed approximately 12,000 workers after 5,000 jobs were eliminated last year.

In a statement to AllThingsD, a BlackBerry spokesman confirmed that the company sacked 250 employees working at a Waterloo, Ontario, product-testing facility this past Tuesday.

“These employees were part of the New Product Testing Facility, a department that supports BlackBerry’s manufacturing and R&D efforts,” spokesman Alex Kinsella said. “This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing.”

Although the job cuts are unfortunate, most analysts saw it coming after BlackBerry reported disappointing first-quarter earnings that suggested BlackBerry’s comeback is still a work in progress.