We were expecting some bad news to come out of RIM's earnings call today, and it looks like the removal of several high-ranking employees may be on the docket. The Globe and Mail reports that several "high level people" within the company were let go today, including multiple vice-presidents and senior vice-presidents. Both the sales and marketing departments are said to have been hit, as new CEO Thorsten Heins flexes his muscle in an effort to put the company on a positive track. We'll have more for you from RIM's earnings call itself, set to begin at 5PM ET.