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Updated Jun 10, 2014

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3.0 40 reviews

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Tom Berquist

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23% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Some good people to work with but no directions

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- OK pay and benefits
    - Life/work balance
    - Some very bright and nice people to work with

    Cons- Constant layoffs
    - No vision/direction
    - Very short-sighted outsourcing stragtey from new management who has no idea about the the products are

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is easy to look at numbers and make calls on what you can see. It is harder to be couragous and taking-risk to head the company to the future growth. Without a mindset change, the company is going away sooner or later.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Seems to be going downhill

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsWas able to work with some very good people
    Individual ideas and thinking are encouraged
    Compensation and benefits were fair

    ConsPosition did not feel secure, as though at any point the position would be eliminated.
    There was not much enthusiasm about the product or product releases

    Advice to Senior ManagementSignificant product inovation is needed to keep pace and move ahead of competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No innovation left at this company. Constantly downsizing

    Software Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCompetitive pay, Flexible scheduling, Good benefits

    ConsDeclining revenue
    Poor executive management decisions
    Not innovative enough to keep afloat
    International work schedule
    Old products

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Corel is not a place that innovation thrives

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsAbove average vacation time (hey it's a Canadian company!)
    They try to treat employees with respect (at least in North America)

    ConsIt's a mix of many companies they acquired, plagued by poor management. If you're an innovative person looking for an exciting work, this place is not for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink out of the box, get some innovative leaders, commodity business won't survive! You've lost so many chances already, could have been #1 on mobile multimedia apps.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cheap is already too expensive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAged but nice products and good people

    ConsRiding nice products to death without any (or minimal) investment and basically no support, consumers are left with bugs and other issues no one cares about

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo get a more consumer-friendly strategy: acquiring companies and leeching off their brand value is a great ROI but will ultimately kill the company's reputation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    very challenging, exciting but very low company appreciation of its employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting technology, amazing people to work with.

    Conslow investment in research and development. company owned by investment firm, all the care about is profitability

    Advice to Senior Managementshow interest in what the teams are doing, reward people for their work. reinvest in research and development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood place to start career

    Consnot a lot of direction

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Politics everywhere.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood amount of resources and some really talented people.

    ConsPolitics (and a LOT of it)
    Constant layoffs
    Poor pay in regard to industry standard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your people more than the bottom line

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great products, wrong VC

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    ProsBrilliant people across all teams, serving many great customers and been around for over 25 years.

    ConsVC based, sucking up all the money and leaving nothing on the table for expansion or growth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great products, great people, zero owner support.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCorel has some great products with very affordable prices that compete with the best of them. The every day employees are the best and hardest working you'll ever work with.

    ConsThe company is owned by a private equity firm that goes through layoffs 2-3x/year and trims budgets to levels that hurt everyone and everything involved, the products, the employees and the customers. It hires way too many contract people, denying them job security, benefits and vacation. People with 10+ years tenure have been laid off w/o notice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want a successful company, I suggest you invest in both the employees and the products instead of seeing how much sweat you can squeeze out of your increasingly unhappy and discouraged employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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