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OpenText Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
308 Reviews
2.7
308 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work/life balance; some intelligent, hard-working colleagues (in 50 reviews)

  • Customers are always happy, which in turn creates a more positive work environment (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to be recognized for a promotion unless you are "pals" with the right people in Senior Management (in 15 reviews)

  • Even when the budget isn't frozen good luck trying to squeeze a dime out of upper management (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Think twice about Vignette

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - VPS Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - VPS Consultant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at OpenText

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits. Bright and cooperative co-workers, dedicated 'lower' management. Everyone tries hard but the best people seem to leave relatively quickly.

    Cons

    Disorganized, extremely poor training for VPS, dishonest with clients. Their software is an absolute nightmare to work with, especially with the minimal training you get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management is out of touch with the product. The product is out-dated and basically irrelevant. The company is very lucky to still be around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at OpenText

    Pros

    You can improve technically in Software development. Good work-life balance, Great facilities

    Cons

    No transparency in getting full-time opportunity. More chances of removal after internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a fair chance to all the interns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    An Average company to work for

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

    I have been working at OpenText full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fixed work time, Free cab facility

    Cons

    perks are low, senior management lacks clarity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation benefits are not upto mark. And there's no provision to change line manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company but poor benfits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at OpenText

    Pros

    Work environment, Strictly Agile, Pure product based cmpany

    Cons

    Poor benefits, No standard appraisal cycle

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but disorganized

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

    I have been working at OpenText

    Pros

    Nice people
    Great faciliities
    Flexible work hours and positive culture

    Cons

    Constant acquisitions that aren't integrated
    Too many 'yes' executives afraid to be truthful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate companies you acquire and form the company as a team. If you don't properly integrate new companies and their systems you add complexity, reduce efficiency and create silos that prevent real effectiveness.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career, but not to keep it going

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OpenText full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office, great people, great coffee!

    Cons

    Compensation and benefit package are at below market, whereas the management keeps telling employees they're above market average. Management pretends to care about employees opinions and ideas, never listens to suggestions they ask for.
    Also, they say internal candidates will be given advantage over external ones, well, they aren't! No decent follow-up provided when an internal candidate is refused the position either - very discouraging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either start following up on employees opinions or stop pretending you care about it - it hurts you more than if you don't pretend to care.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The next Oracle?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brisbane (Australia)

    I have been working at OpenText full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very growth-hungry organsation, with a good corporate message and very focussed marketing - a company that knows where it is going and wants to get there in a hurry

    Cons

    The pace of acquisitions tends to create a organisational confusion about who does what, and lack of coherence between teams from different acquired organisations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance the focus on external stakeholders - analysts and potential customers - with more focus on existing customers and the people in the organisation who service those customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Ok company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - R&D in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OpenText full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good work environment, global opportunities, Tom was fun and interesting to learn from, everyone worked very hard, work life balance was good

    Cons

    Teamwork needs improvement, different groups were treated differently, finance team and HR teams were not very helpful - acted like traffic cops vs. enablers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is key... Create a listening vs dictating culture. sr mgmt did not help create a culture of trust and excitement. They somehow seemed very focused on criticizing versus recognizing good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    OpenText Hyderabad Review

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

    I have been working at OpenText full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Poor work culture eats up the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Seems to have lost the plot a bit

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

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

    Pros

    There are many great spirited, highly talented people working at OpenText. The product set is huge and delivers well on EIM strategy, although some of it is dated. Strong relationship with SAP. A real drive to modernize enterprise applications, which a strong focus on the Cloud. There are many acquisitions in an attempt to improve competition with the big companies, such as IBM.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the numerous acquisitions frequently lead to loss of productivity, with many of the talent from the acquired companies jumping ship within months of the acquisition. Frequent change of corporate direction often results to the acquired technology being put in “maintenance mode”, with more talented people leaving, which doesn't seem to be the best path to sustainable growth. Home-grown products don't get the time to mature with development teams reallocated too soon to work on the next flavour of the month. Your best chance of a successful career at OpenText, particularly on the product development and engineering sides of the business, is to be at the HQ in Waterloo, Canada or San Francisco, USA. In other locations, look for sales or professional services roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on organic growth rather than growth through acquisition. The latter primarily benefits the shareholders and executive management, but neglects true innovation and negatively impacts employee engagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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