Corel Reviews

Updated July 19, 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. Senior Database Administrator

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    I like people with who I work

    Cons

    There were lots of Restructuring and downsizing episodes in the past


  2. Working in Corel

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Collauges in Ottawa are all moving in fast pace and have strong developers skills

    Cons

    Really hard to get promoted and stay in same title for 5+ years already.

    Advice to Management

    Promotion and huge raise please


  3. We are all ambivalent, but we still show up for the team and products we love

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corel full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - This is an amazing group of people. The best that you will ever work with. You will never work with another team like this. - The team is extremely talented, experienced and close. We all learn from each other and we all focus on releasing good products. - Awesome products with awesome users - We keep trying to make things better

    Cons

    - We are owned by private equity that has a deep value investment philosophy. 'nuff said - Opportunities for growth are irrelevant. Executives explicitly told us that they will not invest in R&D. - Constantly changing leadership. Every new guy tells you that he's the guy that actually cares. - A lot of talk and a lot of yes-men. But now even they are starting to turn negative. - The best talent keeps leaving - They tell us things when they're optimistic, then disappear when those things don't work out

    Advice to Management

    I hope you consider the festering morale and attrition in your projections.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Interesting projects, but unfocused upper management.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work on interesting projects, on a product you can show your Mom. Middle management is pretty good, and colleagues are generally intelligent and friendly.

    Cons

    Upper management is extremely cost-focused, to the detriment of the long-term health of the product(s) and employee morale. Current owners/investors are not interested in the day-to-day business of writing software.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Place, Bad Industry

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, colleagues are nice, work-life is balanced

    Cons

    PC industry is going down year by year, the management still have problem finding a new goose with the golden eggs

    Advice to Management

    Try mobile?


  7. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Corel full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Free and CP high Company

    Cons

    No foresight and OEM tended company


  8. Enjoyable time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corel

    Pros

    Flexible Pursue own ideas Fairly open. Friendly staff Changing responsibilities

    Cons

    Lacked strategy Better employee benefits More travel reqd More communication across regions Stable CEO.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place for someone to jumpstart their careers

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    Current Employee - Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about Corel are it's people. Due to downsizing, the ones left are true professionals with great flair. For a software corporation of its size, its scale of operations is quite extensive and this is all due to the quality of its employees. If you are a junior to intermediate level person who wishes to grow, this is a great place as you will be working with world-class professionals with a can-do attitude to everything.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. Management hold onto their positions tightly and keep their employees from evolving into leadership roles. If you are a senior-level person, you will find it frustrating at the least.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain your high quality employees, you need to provide them opportunities for advancement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place with an old product line

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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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good group of highly skilled people that enjoy their work and their products. Decent perks, work flexibility, and consistent perfromance recognition throughout.

    Cons

    Recent history of investor purchase, delisting, relisting, delisting again. Very tight ship with little room or budget for innovation. Culture of "me too" products. High executive aversion to risk.

    Advice to Management

    Need to foster more innovation at a low level. Create more turnover in the employees to bring in fresh experiences and skills.


  11. You have to work in China or Canada

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corel

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people. nice activities. open-mind CEO.

    Cons

    Less important product line can not get enough resource.

    Advice to Management

    they do very good job.



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