It was a miserable week for about 100 Research in Motion employees in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They lost their jobs as part of RIM's plan to cut 5,000 employees.
The manner in which they received the ax was ugly, according to a former employee who was interviewed by The Chronicle Herald.
After receiving an email the night before advising workers of a meeting the next morning, the employees were led into a large meeting room where a RIM executive based in the company's Waterloo, Ontario, headquarters dropped the dire news via teleconference: They were out of work, the former employee told the newspaper.
“It’s kind of like leading the lambs to the slaughter," she said in the interview. "You’re brought into a room with other people, some of whom you don’t know because they’re part of other teams. There is no individual attention, so you don’t really feel free to express your concerns and feelings or ask questions."
She told the paper employees were immediately escorted out of the building.
“I mean no disrespect to the company, because they treated me very well for the number of years that I was there and I still love my BlackBerry and went out and bought a new one right away because I can’t live without it, but the way they’ve conducted these layoffs has been incredibly disrespectful," the former worker said.