Corel Reviews

Updated July 29, 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. Helpful (1)

    No communication and understanding of what really goes on

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, and flexability is great

    Cons

    Bad communication and decisions, company is heading in the wrong direction.


  2. Helpful (1)

    From a Philippine Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mpeg Software Engineer in Makati City (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Mpeg Software Engineer in Makati City (Philippines)

    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

    The only interesting experience I have gathered in this company is the camaraderie and friends that exists. Everything else goes to hell. Why I am still staying here? It is because of them.

    Cons

    The PH Team salary for public information has been UNCHANGED (and measly) for over 2 years. We have met the Quotas, we have made clients, we have satisfied clients in large chunks of the portfolio but management clamors for more. The savings and income went to WRONG DECISIONS such as buying another corporation which are NONSENSE. Motivation is NIL. Benefits are planned but perpetually (and) consistently delayed. We are entitled to 10 sick leaves per year, no carry overs and no conversion to cash for unused leaves. And for information of the public view, every time we are on sick leave, a memo is issued to explain after a Medical Certificate had been submitted already. What is it to explain? Should I bring the doctor to explain I am sick?

    Advice to Management

    You should go back and school and re-take MGT101 again and again, concentrate your assignments on MOTIVATION. And as a reminder: BUYING ANOTHER COMPANY IS NOT A GAIN! Remember that, my goodness.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Terrible management and non-stop layoffs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very free culture and flexible schedule, before the 2012 mass layoff there were many cool and new systems and tools to learn and use for daily work projects, some very nice and friendly coworkers, etc.

    Cons

    The management team is horrible, especially some of the managers in Taiwan who are just lazy and have no sense of responsibility and no clue about what they are doing. Managers of the customer service team and IT team come to work in the late afternoon and leave work at 6 p.m. sharp, so other teams have to cover their work, such as taking phone calls and deal with user complaints and system issues. The executive team in the North America approve this kind of thing as long as they are served well when they visit the Taipei office. Non-stop layoffs and endless re-structuring make the company so hopeless. The Taipei office used to have over 400 people back in 2008 and now only 20 - what a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes please, do not destroy the company so fast. Treat your customers with respect!


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  5. the dogs bark, but the caravan goes on...

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

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

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

    Pros

    - nice but unmotivated co-workers

    Cons

    - compensation - pointless political battles - crusades to prove people wrong

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Tenure is not a metric for expertise or management prowess. Managers manage. Leaders lead.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Graphic Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Casual environment, good location, decent benefits

    Cons

    Unprofessional, high school environment. Management was unqualified. No clear direction for the company. An old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to properly manage. Don't promote and keep people who have had numerous HR complaints made against them by various people.


  7. Corel is not a place that innovation thrives

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Corel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average vacation time (hey it's a Canadian company!) They try to treat employees with respect (at least in North America)

    Cons

    It'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 Management

    Think 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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    No innovation left at this company. Constantly downsizing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, Flexible scheduling, Good benefits

    Cons

    Declining revenue Poor executive management decisions Not innovative enough to keep afloat International work schedule Old products


  9. Helpful (2)

    Seems to be going downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was able to work with some very good people Individual ideas and thinking are encouraged Compensation and benefits were fair

    Cons

    Position 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 Management

    Significant product inovation is needed to keep pace and move ahead of competitors.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Some good people to work with but no directions

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

    I worked at Corel full-time

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

    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 Management

    It 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.


  11. Stay Away

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

    I have been working at Corel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great coworkers - Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    - Disorganized senior management - Senior management team doesn't listen - Always risk of layoffs - Few "non-managers" - No clear strategy for future

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees - they talk to the customers and know what they're talking about. They're the key to success.



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