Corel
3.0 of 5 40 reviews
www.corel.com Ottawa, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 11, 2014

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Tom Berquist

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23% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Corel is going down the drain.

    Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsFlexible 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.

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

    No, I would not 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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    Good place for learning technology but too hard working

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

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

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

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

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    can be worse, but could be much better.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

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

    ConsLimited 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Part of Grunt Level Manager (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe 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)

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsolidate 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.

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    I grew in my profession working at Corel

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

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementFocus on the company growth, product quality and the 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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    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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