OpenText
2.8 of 5 227 reviews
www.opentext.com Waterloo, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

OpenText Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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2.8 227 reviews

                             

39% Approve of the CEO

OpenText President & CEO Mark J. Barrenechea

Mark J. Barrenechea

(93 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Decent work/life balance; some intelligent, hard-working colleagues"
    in 39 reviews
  • "The work environment is one of the best I have experienced"
    in 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Hard to be recognized for a promotion unless you are "pals" with the right people in Senior Management"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Alot of confusion in middle management and senior management level"
    in 9 reviews
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Good company so far

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at OpenText full-time for less than a year

ProsWe were recently acquired by OT so I don't have a lot of details. The culture seems nice and the people I've worked with are very friendly.

ConsNone so far. The transitioning of systems is a bit of a challenge but I don't mind. It keeps my day to day interesting,

Advice to Senior ManagementFor now I would say I'm to new to this company to be giving management advice.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company - great colleagues

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at OpenText

ProsDespite being a med-large company, you still get recognized with gifts and mementos for your work Anniversary, birthdays big personal events in your life. Additionally , most of the people I have worked with are smart, and passionate about making a contribution.

ConsOpentext is constantly buying companies, which makes it difficult to have a cohesive product strategy. Customers are confused about our offerings, and the employees are confused because the change is so rapid. It is difficult to keep up.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of integrating the companies/products that are underneath the Open Text umbrella. Cross train people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people and a good work-life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at OpenText full-time

ProsOpenText is a global corporation and most of the people you'll deal with day-to-day are competent, friendly, and helpful. Working from home is not an issue and schedules are flexible.

ConsUpper management does not seem to be willing to make investments in existing products, preferring to hire large numbers of junior developers offshore.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhile it's good for a software organization to hire young, fresh minds, there needs to be a balanced approach. The issues with the existing products, upon which ongoing revenue depends, are not going to be solved by just adding bandwidth.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, good products

Director (Former Employee)

I worked at OpenText full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI worked with many incredible people, all dedicated to delivering outstanding solutions and services.

ConsGrowth appears to be by acquisition only.

Advice to Senior ManagementCompany feels top heavy; need workers, need good leaders, and need to communicate better to staff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Morgan Hill, CA

I worked at OpenText full-time for more than a year

ProsGood work environment. Cutting edge technology

ConsScoping projects for future releases.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone so far

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsWork Life Balance .. ... ...

ConsNot much.... .. .. ...

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disconnected

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at OpenText full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDecent work/life balance; some intelligent, hard-working colleagues

ConsUpper management strategy don't seem to take into consideration resources, time, and feasibility to execute and the ramifications of those decisions; too much managing up and too little communication and coordination with the people who have to implement objectives

Advice to Senior ManagementDo you want a firewall between you and those who do the day-to-day execution of strategy? Will the current management culture allow you to make the dramatic changes that you feel are necessary to move the company in the right direction?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Watch your back

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at OpenText full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFrontline people are terrific - the higher you go, be careful

ConsSr Mgt clueless to the point of embarrasing

Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of the way of people who actually know how to do their job

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ok company

Sales Representative (Current Employee)

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

ProsDecent culture in Canada ,,decent benefits

ConsBecoming a mini CA focused more on renewal revenue than new license revenue

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the field. New license growth should be where you focus not on renewals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Could be better, Could be worse

Professional Services (Former Employee)

I worked at OpenText full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLarge company with good benefits. Attempts to maintain open communications.

ConsFragmented product strategy due to acquisitions. If you are part of an acquisition you will be lost in the shuffle eventually.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop acquiring more products and then stranding their customers.

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