Anonymous RIM Employee: “No longer “In Motion”
The makers of the beloved and legendary Blackberry seem to be walking in some muck. The company who is credited at helping make the smart phone what it is today is going through a mid life crisis. At least that’s how I see it now. As opposed to others interested in the topic. To say RIM is dying is kind of hard for me to swallow. The company has been on the decline for the past few years due to its every growing competition found mainly in iOS and Android. Anyone interested in the topic and concerned about RIM’s future has been pushing for them to take the bull by the horns and impress the world. Recently as RIM’s decline seemingly continues, an open letter from an anonymous high level RIM executive was published by BGR for the entire world to see.
The open letter was, simply put a plea for advancement within the company. RIM’s official response was fully of business based jargon that did not address any of the issues brought to light within the open plea for job security. Just in case you’re wondering about the seriousness of this open letter it starts with “I have lost confidence” and continues on to address 8 important points of interest to the employee and where he see’s changes need to made other excerpts read “Almost every project is falling further and further behind schedule at a time when we absolutely must deliver great, solid products on time. We urge you to make bold decisions about our organisational structure, about our culture and most importantly our products”. RIM’s response is truly not worth quoting, as it reads and feels like a super roundabout stuffed with worthless jargon that will change nothing. Very similar to the response RIM’s CEO Mike Lazaridis gave a few months back in regard to the lacking hardware and software surrounding the Blackberry Torch.
So what happens next? Does RIM take heed to its internal concerns and take the reins again, or just pump more jargon into the streets? Since the original open letter was published, “dozens” of RIM employees have taken to the open letter trend and sent in their concerns to BGR.Com. One of the two most recent letters that were published starts with, what I feel sums up RIM”s situation pretty simply – “No longer “In Motion”. After reading through these letters it seems that RIM’s problems start from within, and its core is based on the fact that upper management and the people making the decisions are stuck in their old ways.
Take a trip over to BGR and read through the letters. What do you think of RIM’s situation? Can they break their mold and listen to their employees? Personally I think their doomed, this based off of the simple issues addressed within some of these letters. If your high level executives have to write letters to blogs to vent their frustration, something’s wrong. Hopefully you can get it together RIM, all of us that you introduced to smart phones are pushing for you!!!RIM, Fail, BlackBerry, Letters to RIM, Research In Motion