Corel Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
40 Reviews

2.6
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No communication and understanding of what really goes on

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Corel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, and flexability is great

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great products, great people, zero owner support.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corel

    Pros

    Corel has some great products with very affordable prices that compete with the best of them. The every day employees are the best and hardest working you'll ever work with.

    Cons

    The company is owned by a private equity firm that goes through layoffs 2-3x/year and trims budgets to levels that hurt everyone and everything involved, the products, the employees and the customers. It hires way too many contract people, denying them job security, benefits and vacation. People with 10+ years tenure have been laid off w/o notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want a successful company, I suggest you invest in both the employees and the products instead of seeing how much sweat you can squeeze out of your increasingly unhappy and discouraged employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Just a software company

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Corel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    it's a international company, you can learn more

    Cons

    Privately Offered Fund behind COREL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    number, number, number...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    I worked at Corel full-time

    Pros

    Easy going people. Interesting product space.

    Cons

    No future for products getting beat by competitors, poor direction and decision making, slow decision making, too much cronyism and politics - getting worse as the company ship sinks even further.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much internal politics adversely affecting product quality and company longevity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good place

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    Former Employee - User Experience  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - User Experience in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corel as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It was a co-op job. In my third year. Started off great, although I thought it was a little slow. But it was my first job in the field, so I'm sure they weren't expecting me to hit the ground running anyway.

    Cons

    My hiring manager got laid off. At the same, I was supposed to get a few terms out of it but because of the cutbacks, my contract was not renewed. (I was supposed to get a few terms out of it.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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
  11.  

    Nice place to grow

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    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

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