Corel Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
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  1. Corel Corporation Still Sells Great Brands...

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    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Corel

    Pros

    Company has great people, incredibly loyal and smart. Still sells great brands - Word Perfect, WinZip, Roxio, PaintShop Pro, Pinnacle Studio. Marketing is challenging with PC and Mac software sales declining...but working on the Corel team has been a great experience in integration and co-marketing. Decent benefits, and flex hours too!

    Cons

    Tough situation to have to cut every year despite hitting sales targets and goals within the company. Communication is lacking due to it being a private company and each division was unaware really, of what the other was doing. Staying focused and motivated was challenging so it really came down to the people you were working with which made it ok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Realize people are more than just money makers - make decisions that benefit all aspects of a company in addition to the bottomline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Corel is going down the drain.

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at Corel

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where the results are the most important thing and not when you do it. I often telecommuted. Note: this was in the US and I do not think that other locations have as much flexibility. The pay was very competitive and benefits ok.

    Cons

    Corel is HQ in Canada with offices in Taiwan, US, and China. They have had many layoffs and have moved most development to Taiwan and China. They laid-off a very experienced team in the US and moved the development to a smaller team in Taiwan with less experience and little knowledge of the code base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all engineers are equal. A person with extensive knowledge in the product space can not be replaced with another just because they cost less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good place for learning technology but too hard working

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Corel

    Pros

    Good place for learning technology. A bunch of good engineers there to work with. All are hardworking and prefessional

    Cons

    Managers try to make you work over time most of the time. Don't have much chance to grow up management-wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management should give employees opportunity to give feedback. More resource is moving to Taiwan so people start worrying on that

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. can be worse, but could be much better.

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

    I have been working at Corel

    Pros

    Some interesting work, good technology, friendly and talented coworkers, reasonable benefits,

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for the future, work is not divided well between overseas offices, projects get moved to other groups with little notice, upper management only wants to make "safe" choices, leadership vacuum leads to lack of coordination among managers, upper management is too dependent on middle managers to know what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep non-manager employees more in the loop about what's going on, talking with each person to hear what they are doing. Also, allow people to take ownership of their work -- it's difficult to be motivated to make a long term investment in your project (work hard or be creative) knowing that your project may be taken away from you at any moment.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    If you are a grunt level employee, don't bother, but if you are middle-high management, this place is for you.

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    Current Employee - Part of Grunt Level Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Part of Grunt Level Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Corel

    Pros

    The roles are always evolving with market trend and market technology in the software multimedia space and Corel is the market leader in this particular market in many ways. Never boring and always learning (unless again, grunt level)

    Cons

    Very very top heavy for a small-medium sized company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate each senior managements direction into one and negotiate with the holding interest in the back to make sure the goals are aligned. Too many directions and too many opinions leads to competitor stealing business away.

  7. Great people, tough times

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel full-time

    Pros

    Great company to get started in the industry
    Fun products and projects
    Great coworkers
    Flexible hours. I can pretty much come in and out as I'd like, as long as I do my work and attend meetings.
    Flexibility to work from home occasionally
    Good ownership of your own work and freedom to explore other areas

    Cons

    Lots of politics
    Little room for career development as very rarely new openings are posted (internal or external)
    Low pay, practically no pay increases ever
    Little investment in innovation, most of the products are just trying to catch up to the industry
    Big disconnect between executive team and front line, lots of resentment towards executive team
    Layoffs constantly which impacts overall morale and fear for job security

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Tough times

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is relaxed and results-focussed. Managers are generally friendly. Lots of fun people. There isn't a lot of middle management with nothing to do but supervise people, so you're treated like an adult and left alone to do your job.

    Cons

    The company is currently being stripped for parts due to tough market conditions. Saw so many good people get let go over the years. Half the product portfolio now managed out of Austin so probably more job losses coming to Ottawa. It can be a good place to work and I know people who've had good career's there, but the threat of restructuring and layoffs is always around no matter how you perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they have their hands full trying to keep the place above water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    I grew in my profession working at Corel

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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)

    Pros

    Very talented and open minded front line people to work with, lots to learn from them.
    Advanced and efficient processes.
    Very good products with passionate users.
    Flexibility in work hours as long as work gets done.

    Cons

    Some of the high level management has not proven strong leadership skills.
    People are often laid off on political reasons, overlooking the performance and importance of their role in the company. It can happen to anybody.
    Stressful environment to work in due to multiple layoffs, lack of trust in management and strategy and job uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the company growth, product quality and the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Disappointing because it could be so much more.

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    Current Employee - Senior Web Producer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Web Producer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly and the hours are flexible. Some managers let you work from home once or twice a week.

    Cons

    Company is short sighted. The focus is always on revenue for THAT quarter. Lack of employee development along with annual layoffs make it a difficult place to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider investing in your employees and keep salaries in line with inflation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    People are great but . . .

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    The best part of this company is the employees. A relaxed but professional environment combined with friendly staff makes going to work enjoyable. People, including middle management, are working hard, and everyone is treated with respect.

    Cons

    The worst thing about Corel is the VC ownership cloud hanging over it. The staff never knows when the next re-org is coming, so that ownership can take a little more money out of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a tough road ahead. Take the pulse of the worker bees more often. Keep being honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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