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RIM most attractive Canadian employer: survey

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. has taken a beating on stock markets, but the Waterloo, Ont.-based technology firm is a winner with job seekers, according to a new survey.

Recruitment firm Randstad Canada has given the smart phone company its inaugural award for most attractive employer. RIM topped six of the 10 "attractiveness categories," including pleasant work atmosphere, career progression and quality training, Randstad said.

The consumer technology maker also led the categories of strong management, best salary and interesting job opportunities.

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Canadian respondents gave RIM their vote of confidence even as the company endures bouts of turbulence at its operations. In July, RIM announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs to streamline its business and lower costs, and sales of its PlayBook tablet sputtered out of the gate, hindered by dominant competitor Apple Inc. and its iPad.

Earlier this week, RIM denied reports which suggested that it was planning to scrap the PlayBook all together.

The company has also been considered by some analysts as a prime takeover target by one of its competitors.

"It's exciting to see Canadians recognize companies that focus on the future," said Randstad Canada president Jan Hein Bax in a release.

"Creativity, innovation, and social responsibility are all qualities that resonate with the values of Canadians."

Other companies that made Randstad Canada's Top 5 list were IBM Canada Ltd. , McGill University, Air Canada and Bombardier Inc.

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