OpenText
2.8 of 5 249 reviews
www.opentext.com Waterloo, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

OpenText Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.8 249 reviews

                             

37% Approve of the CEO

OpenText President & CEO Mark J. Barrenechea

Mark J. Barrenechea

(109 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Decent work/life balance; some intelligent, hard-working colleagues"
    in 40 reviews
  • "The work environment is one of the best I have experienced"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "Hard to be recognized for a promotion unless you are "pals" with the right people in Senior Management"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Even when the budget isn't frozen good luck trying to squeeze a dime out of upper management"
    in 10 reviews
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    1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Company to work for.

    Software Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive salary, great work environment. Using latest technologies in new projects.

    ConsSeeing some sudden change in direction from upper management. Not sure if all possible alternatives are being discussed or if it is being mandated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDirection seems to be correct. I would like to see top level management discuss mandates with teams that are being impacted most by decision before it is made.

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

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    Great.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat managers. Good pay. Easy. Fun environment.

    ConsThey work contract to contract.

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Time to leave

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome really good people and some solid technologies, good benefits

    ConsNew management is awful
    Company morphing to CA mentality might be good for stock price but not for employees
    Sales reps never ever make quota - don't even think about coming here.....you will be sorry as the OTE is horribly misleading

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue on what to do with large existing customers who pay big $$$'s in maintenance every year but get little incremental value. I complete redo would fundamentally change the company but no one has the guts to take that risk

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Opentext acquired us in an M&A

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you didnt want to take chances and continue to use old technology fax, telex this is the place to go

    ConsThe fax messaging business is dwindling - time to invent something new. But there is no innovation and just putting lipstick on a pig to make it look new.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInnovate! Get young talent! Dont let management hire their relatives or have them work for them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsNice Work life balance, Vacation

    ConsLow Pay compared to industry standard

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

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Lacks direction and strong leadership

    Business Development Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsFast growing company, with multiple opportunities for advancement.

    ConsNo roadmap for internal infrastructure or technology advances. There is a constant revolving door in upper management. Each new executive brings in a new 'regime' with new programs and provides minimal change management when rolling out new processes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine company goals and mission, then build a strategy & roadmap to achieve it. Do not make promises for things you cannot deliver. Stick to attainable goals.

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible schedule, great team, great resources when you can get them, good pay and accounts

    ConsThe right hand has no clue what the left hand is doing. Through acquisition, resources and teams are separate per solution. Unattainable quota

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't keep yourself in the ivory tower.

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

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Run away as fast as possible

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsDecent base salaries and benefits

    ConsInept senior management, lousy products, unattainable quotas, unhappy client base. Management by how many appointments you have a week, no formula for how quotas and accounts are assigned.

    Advice to Senior Managementbring in new management who has a clue

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

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    Senior Account Executive

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood solutions, leader in the space, benefits, 3 weeks vacation, base pay, great customers, interesting solutions, great partnership with SAP,

    ConsForecast calls twice a week on Thursday and Friday. No equity . Low growth organization with a start up comp plan. Harass you on you vacation day to join weekly forecast meetings. Leads non existent

    Advice to Senior ManagementSix on-site meetings week is not enough. Perhaps we should shoot for 20 meetings. You just don't get it.

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

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    A good stepping stone, but get out when the opportunity presents itself.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people and atmosphere are relaxed. Decent pay and benefits for people entering the IT field.

    ConsUnorganized and mismanaged to the point of embarrassment. Sparse integrations between their own products. Cash is king, so if youre a customer that wants something fixed you better be shelling out big bucks.

    Every 6 months there is a budget freeze because of an aquisition. Even when the budget isn't frozen good luck trying to squeeze a dime out of upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the wealth a little bit. Stop trying to grow the company externally.

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