Corel Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Middle management is pretty good, and colleagues are generally intelligent and friendly (in 3 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment where the results are the most important thing and not when you do it (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Due to cutbacks and layoffs, you are expected to do the work of 5 people and catch hell when deadlines are not met (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Some good people to work with but no directions

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    It 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Seems to be going downhill

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Position 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 Management

    Significant product inovation is needed to keep pace and move ahead of competitors.


  3. Helpful (3)

    No innovation left at this company. Constantly downsizing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Corel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, Flexible scheduling, Good benefits

    Cons

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


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  5. Corel is not a place that innovation thrives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Corel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It'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 Management

    Think 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.


  6. Low Morale, Company Slowly Shrinking!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working on different projects allowed me to learn and grow in my career. The people for the most part were very nice and you could get advice from Senior management without any issues. You start off with three weeks vacation and get an extra day for every year you work there. Benefits were as good as any and they offered RRSP matching.

    Cons

    Layoffs every year made for low morale. You never knew exactly when your time was up. Anyone who did put in extra hours and extra effort were not rewarded for it. This is not a place to look at for a long term career. Salary was below average. Training was promised but never delivered.

    Advice to Management

    Layoffs every year is not good for business. You tell your employees that you made a profit and then slash jobs. Everyone is waiting for the other shoe to fall and you will have nobody to blame but yourself!


  7. Helpful (1)

    great co workers .. lousy compensation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours (*except in November*) - Great people to work with - Excellent work environment - Decent Benefits

    Cons

    -No Pay increases -No one in upper / middle management listens to ideas, thoughts or suggestions -Due to cutbacks and layoffs, you are expected to do the work of 5 people and catch hell when deadlines are not met

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying your employees for what their worth, not what you think they should be paid.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Cheap is already too expensive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corel full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Aged but nice products and good people

    Cons

    Riding 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 Management

    Go 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


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology, amazing people to work with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    show interest in what the teams are doing, reward people for their work. reinvest in research and development.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to start career

    Cons

    not a lot of direction


  11. Helpful (1)

    Politics everywhere.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good amount of resources and some really talented people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Value your people more than the bottom line



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