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can be worse, but could be much better.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Corel

Pros

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

Cons

Limited 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 ManagementAdvice

Keep 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.

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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.

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    Current Employee - Part of Grunt Level Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Part of Grunt Level Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Corel

    Pros

    The 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)

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate 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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    Terrible management and non-stop layoffs

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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