RIM headquarters (exterior 001)

With the future of BlackBerry up in the air, it’s no surprise that the company’s more talented employees have begun looking for a new home. And apparently, Apple is hoping that at least some of them find their new home in Cupertino.

According to a new report, the iPad-maker has begun poaching BlackBerry talent via a recruitment drive near the BlackBerry offices in Ontario. And it’s offering up both relocation and immigration assistance to hirable candidates…

Here’s the report from the Financial Post (via MacRumors):

“Just days after BlackBerry Ltd. revealed plans to lay off 40% of its global workforce amid disastrous financial results, representatives from smartphone rival Apple Inc. hosted a recruitment drive roughly 20 kilometres away from the embattled technology company’s Waterloo, Ont. home base.

In the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre on Sept. 26, located in Cambridge, Ont. on the outskirts of the Kitchener-Waterloo region where BlackBerry was born, the iPhone maker invited local talent with the aim of luring them to their Silicon Valley operations.”

According to a LinkedIn invite, obtained by the Post, most positions will be based in Cupertino, CA.. It’s unclear what the exact positions are, but the fact that Apple is offering to foot the moving bill suggests they aren’t low-level jobs.

For those unaware of the situation, BlackBerry is currently teetering on the edge of disaster. A few weeks ago it announced that it would be posting a $1 billion loss for this quarter, and would be cutting 40% of its workforce (4,500 jobs).

Right now, the company is mulling over a number of options—including a breakup auction—as it awaits for Fairfax Financial to come up with the funding for its $4.7 billion takeover bid. It has until November 4 to get the cash together.

  • n0ahcruz3

    FIRST thoughts… Sweet!

    • Taf Khan

      Yeah… Desert!

      Apple & Blackberry crumble.. . Yum yum.

      • moofer


  • Burge

    Well there won’t be many then..otherwise BB won’t be in the shit there in..

  • n0ahcruz3

    In other news! Mac sales were down, PC sales were up! iPhone 5c orders were cut because of weak demand! Sweet! Apple is toast

    • Ted Forbes

      You know the expressions: The fat lady haven’t sang yet. The chickens have come home to roost yet. Don’t count your eggs before they hatch.

    • moofer

      Why don’t you and those shot-in-the-dark analysts wait till Apple releases their quarterly numbers before shooting off your il-informed mouths.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Are u a stock holder or something?

  • Ted Forbes

    Good, at least there will be high level paying jobs in the next job report to come. At least in that report the job report will be high level tech jobs and not just jobs at fast food joints, service stations, supermarkets, domestics, etc.

    So, even though its bad, real bad, its not all that bad, thanks to the Cupertino Fruit company.