OpenText Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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  1. Friendly organization with good processes

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Intern in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OpenText as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good middle management
    Seems to have good opportunities for advancement
    Stable

    Cons

    Little communication between people with different job functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenText

    Pros

    Good people
    Good Benefits
    some interesting projects

    Cons

    almost no perks
    very rare for people to get raises.
    average compensation
    too many cases of people getting ahead that shouldn't be.
    almost no coop with other companies for discounts
    a lot of HR for seemingly doing nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful

    Company is Great, Management Poor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OpenText full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing vacation and benefits. Lots of employee events paid for by the company. Good raises. Very good work and life balance.

    Cons

    No easy to move around internally or advance. Very hard to get fired so there is a lot of dead weight among employees and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to be cycled out. One Dev manager in particular. Micro manager that constantly changes their mind and won't let you think freely. Prevent you from moving around. Back stab you. Belittle you. Try and control who you send emails to. Problem is that the managers managers are all friends so nobody gets investigated. I record all my interactions with my phone and have some great examples of HR violations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Could be way better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenText full-time

    Pros

    Some great employees. Some good Managers.

    Cons

    Some very bad Managers especially Senior. Do not follow own values. Lots of talk and promises with very little follow through. Great or good work does not seem to make the cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be true to your values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful

    Not a software company, an acquisition machine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenText full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of vacation time for new employees, very reasonable and flexible time-off, excellent benefit package.

    Cons

    Different roles that should be working together report to completely different management structures, all the way to the top - conflicting priorities and processes makes for lots of headaches that should be easily avoidable. For such a large software company, management doesn't seem to have much of an idea how to effective make software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop snapping up companies for cheap and pretending they somehow integrate with current business, and instead focus on getting the existing house in order.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    I wouldn't stay too long

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at OpenText full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some nice and friendly people to work with
    Great Work Life Balance
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Underpaid for position compared to many other companies
    No opportunities for promotions
    Management does not seem to care about your complaints. Nothing ever gets resolved ...
    Unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Amazing Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OpenText

    Pros

    Great culture, progressive company, great benefits, very flexible

    Cons

    Average compensation but benefits and flexibility make it competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to work, but could be better.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OpenText full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work was overall challenging. and the people were always great to work with. The work environment was open and clean. I always felt that the compensation I received was fair. Training and professional development was encouraged.

    Cons

    There came to be a point where I realized that there wasn't any further career advancement available to me at this company. I have always been someone who wants to make a positive change when I see processes that are not working optimally, however, the amount of politics and layers of management made making any meaningful change virtually impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower and encourage your employees to make positive changes. Develop additional programs to encourage this. Set corporate values to encourage innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful

    Working very lean for a company that is doing so well financially

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OpenText

    Pros

    Great at professional development. Relatively fair working environment.

    Cons

    Not a good culture. Not great pay. Slave driver mentality. Cutting back crucial groups and overworking existing teams while making A LOT of money as a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. You're not going under.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful

    Good company that is trying to get better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OpenText full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most senior managers care about their people. The company hires really smart people. Team-work is good. The company has recently launched programs on values and leadership development.

    Cons

    The CEO is unprofessional, loves to publicly humiliate others and micro-manages everything. Turnover at the top has been extremely high with this CEO. We are on our 4th CMO in 3 years and the other executive roles have turned over at least once during that time frame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please find a new CEO!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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