Published October 11, 2013
BlackBerry’s (BBRY) fate hasn’t even been written yet and already the sharks are circling the dilapidated device maker, hoping to scoop in and raid its pool of top talent.
Apple (AAPL) has strapped on its aggressive recruiting hat, hoping to poach some of the workers being let go as part of the BlackBerry maker’s plan to axe 40% of its workforce, according to a report by Canada’s The Financial Post.
Apple hosted a recruitment drive just miles from BlackBerry’s Waterloo, Ont.-based headquarters in September, inviting local talent in hopes of luring them to its Cupertino, Calif. base in Silicon Valley, the newspaper reports.
In a LinkedIn (LNKD) invite to some BlackBerry employees viewed by The Post, Apple even offers relocation and immigration assistance.
Apple declined to comment, while Google did not immediately respond to FOX Business for a comment. Intel said it conducts these interview sessions "all the time all over the world."
BlackBerry’s bare-bones sales over the last several years are a reflection of fierce competition from Apple, Google and Samsung. Once the No. 1 device maker among enterprise clients, it has lost its lure in recent years, with the company reporting a $1 billion quarterly loss last month.
In a securities filing on Thursday, BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin said they were considering buying the ailing phone maker, though they would have to top the $4.7 billion bid already on the table by BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings.
Shares of BlackBerry, up slightly in early trade on Friday, remain down about 30% year-to-date.