Research in Motion

Maker of the popular Blackberry device.

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295 Philip St.
Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3W8
Employees: 16,500
CEO: Thorsten Heins
Stock Symbol: RIMM


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Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. It is best known for the Blackberry family of devices.

RIM provides platforms and solutions to business users and consumers for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, text messaging (SMS and MMS), Internet and intranet-based applications.

The Blackberry was once very popular with business professionals to access e-mail almost anywhere. The company introduced a tablet device called the PlayBook in April 2011.The company has seen s But subscriber growth has slowed over the past couple of years due to increased competition from smartphones by Apple and other devices using the Android operating system.

In fiscal 2012, the company reported revenues of $18.4, down 7% from the previous year, and net income of $1.92 billion.

RIM laid off 2,000 employees in 2011 and another round of layoffs is expected this year.

RIM was founded in 1984. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company has offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Blackberry was launched in 1999.

The Company's corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility are located in Waterloo, Ontario. The campus-type layout of 24 buildings, 13 of which are owned and 11 of which are leased, currently houses the corporate, administration, finance, engineering, research and development, sales and marketing and manufacturing operations.

Jim Balsillie and Mike Laziridis resigned as co-CEOs in January 2012 and Thorsten Heins was named new CEO of the company.


Benefits available to all employees around the globe include:
- Employee Assistance Plan which provides confidential short-term counseling, referrals and information on a variety of issues (i.e. personal well being, parenting, financial issues, work issues, legal issues, bereavement/grief, addiction and recovery, and other topics).
- RIM offers a gym/fitness center membership subsidy for all full-time employees.
- Worldwide Travel and Medical Emergency Assistance Program (Global Travel Program). The Global Travel Program is provided to all full-time RIM employees for both business and personal travel and their eligible dependents for pleasure travel only. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the assistance provided includes: immunization recommendations, local medical clinics, on-line country guides, medical referrals, foreign language assistance and legal assistance.

As a RIM employee, you will receive a Free BlackBerry device for your use while you are employed with the company.

RIM is proud to offer the Healthy@RIM program, which helps create an environment that supports employees in their efforts to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As part of the Healthy@ RIM program, full-time employees are offered:

* on-site massage
* blood pressure/cholesterol clinics and flu shot clinics
* health fairs
* gym memberships
* on-site weight management and smoking cessation programs
* ergonomic assessments
* keynote speakers on topics such as parenting, finance, nutrition, travel and stress management
* many other wellness activities and contests

Updated May 28, 2012