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Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
49 Reviews
2.6
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  1.  

    Internship Review

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Corel

    Pros

    Got to talk to higher ups, get a feel of actual corporate work, get a feel that my work actually 'changes' something in the company

    Cons

    Not much to say, I didn't stay here long enough to see any.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Nice place to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corel

    Pros

    Startup Carrier for a good growth

    Cons

    long hours to work with overseas

    Recommends
  3.  

    Alive and well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel

    Pros

    great people
    flexible hours
    every person can make a difference
    lots of opportunities to grow
    good leadership
    good location
    never boring
    always a new challenge

    Cons

    There is a perception of constant layoffs that leaves people uncertain of what/who is next, but the reality is there is a keen eye on financial success and stability and there are a lot of new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank your lucky stars for such a dynamic and resilient workforce and reward them often for their extreme commitment and perseverance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

    I have been working at Corel full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting projects, but unfocused upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place, Bad Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Try mobile?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Free and CP high Company

    Cons

    No foresight and OEM tended company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for someone to jumpstart their careers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place with an old product line

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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