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Updated May 15, 2023

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3.4
62% Recommend to a Friend
67% Approve of CEO

Found 20 of over 20 reviews

3.4
62%
Recommend to a Friend
67%
Approve of CEO
Collabora CEO  Philippe Kalaf (no image)
Philippe Kalaf
10 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Management are friendly and approachable.(in 4 reviews)
Cons
  • "At its core Collabora outsources Open Source work engineers in low wage level countries and junior engineers.(in 3 reviews)
    1. 5.0
      Oct 9, 2017
      Anonymous Employee
      Current Employee
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      3rd party contract, gives a good rate.

      Cons

      No cons that I know of.

      1. 3.0
        Apr 26, 2016
        Senior Project Manager
        Former Contractor, more than 1 year
        Hillsboro, OR
        Recommend
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook

        Pros

        easy to submit time sheet, paid every 2 weeks, accumulate vacation, not onsite so no micro management - no punching a time clock, just electronically submit time.

        Cons

        everyone is very hard to understand due to strong accents. Staff reads from a script each time the call - even to check in. Quite condescending to not have a real conversation - even responses are scripted.

        2

        At Collabora we do not see accents as an issue, we are an international company and our accents are a great sign of diversity. Sorry if you felt that conversations were script based and tick boxed, this isn't common practice and nor the way we operate.

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        1. 4.0
          Jun 27, 2017
          Software Engineer
          Current Employee, more than 1 year
          Remote, OR
          Recommend
          CEO Approval
          Business Outlook

          Pros

          Very competent co-workers, great and diverse tasks. As a consultancy Collaboras interests are well aligned with its consultants when it comes to marketing and making a name for both. Very flat management, which suits me, but perhaps not everyone.

          Cons

          Salary increases are tied to title bumps, which means no implied yearly increase.

          We take great care in annual salary reviews. Among other factors, adjustments are related to salary benchmarks, inflation, company and individual performance.

          1. 4.0
            Jan 4, 2017
            Language Data Analyst
            Current Contractor, less than 1 year
            Cambridge, MA
            Recommend
            CEO Approval
            Business Outlook

            Pros

            They really your foot in the door at a lot of large companies. Found me by chance, and quickly put me to work.

            Cons

            There are some issues with the language barrier occasionally, but they're not totally deal-breaking.

            1. 1.0
              May 15, 2023
              Linux Kernel Developer
              Former Employee, less than 1 year
              London, England
              Recommend
              CEO Approval
              Business Outlook

              Pros

              - inclusive language - open company (any employee can see the company's financial state) - Good people

              Cons

              Unorganized company: - No manager was available to provide predefined tasks, which led to weeks of empty days and feeling abandoned by the team. - During the first weeks, only non-kernel tasks were given and pulled from those tasks before being given proper time. - More than seven websites to search for information about how the company works, or projects - Technical leads that don't know how to lead a project, or want to lead a project. - Wrong tools used for managing projects, like GitHub code for keeping track of issues, instead of Jira tickets, or GitHub issues. - 500 British pounds for home office setup ( buy a chair, desk, headphones, keyboard, mouse, and any other things you may need) - Remote company but no headset or any other conference equipment are given. - Received a fragile laptop for kernel work - No health insurance or any other benefit until the end of probation - Extend probation without proper reason Contract for permanent employees: - The employee can be fired at any time if lousy performance, no explain what bad performance is or how the employee can recover - The employee must work eight h per day, without counting personal breaks, and must do a per-hour tracking of what is doing - Employee must take the cheapest flight if needed to flight, or 30% above the most affordable flight ( if the most affordable flight is 30 pounds, the employee can only take a flight that costs at most 36 pounds ) - Promise of bonus, but can't put in the contract. Manager evaluation: - Employee is evaluated in tasks that were not asked or informed to perform. Toxic team: - Review comments in the open without proper reason, like "your code is so ugly" without a valid technical reason - Managers/Teammates arguing over open chat - Manager without software / open source experience Kernel: Collabora is still trying to find paying customers for its kernel team, so it is doing tasks to promote itself and get acknowledgement, which is great for junior kernel developers. Not great for an experienced kernel developer, as there will not be any new code development, only cleaning up code from downstream sources and sending it upstream. So for a developer wanting to develop new code, the Collabora Kernel team is not a great place to be.

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              1. 2.0
                Mar 2, 2023
                Software Engineer
                Former Employee, more than 3 years
                Berlin
                Recommend
                CEO Approval
                Business Outlook

                Pros

                Collabora is committed to Open Source in a genuine way.

                Cons

                Low compensation. Working multiple projects at once can be grueling. Deadlines can be very tight. Combine that with jumping between new codebases and domains can be very high stress. There are also some things Collabora isn't up front about. Like how people who bring in a new project and/or lead it sometimes are compensated a percentage of the value of the project, and how to become a partner (you can't unless current ones vote you in).

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                1. 5.0
                  Aug 5, 2022
                  Software Engineer
                  Current Contractor
                  Recommend
                  CEO Approval
                  Business Outlook

                  Pros

                  * Write opensource for largest in world customers and get paid for that, never thought it is possible. * Company encourages participation in opensource projects, including financially * Colleagues - highest class engineers, often maintainers/leaders of large OSS projects, who is always happy to help, doing internal training and sharing knowledge * Tech savvy company management who really understand employees, and who respect them. For example one of top managers, while being one of best managers i ever seen, same time can pick up a soldering iron or write code, and achieves impressive results on that field too. * Work culture - I think it's a perfect balance. When I tell my friends who work in other companies, few people believe me that such a miracle possible. * Truly remote. Before all remote work started, this company already had everything made for remote workers and made such work max comfortable. IMO its absolutely fantastic company

                  Cons

                  Its not really cons, but when you are contractor(not employee in UK or Canada) you need to be aware about contractor downsides. At the same time, i understand that being a contractor has not only disadvantages, but also advantages (especially in freedoms).

                  1. 2.0
                    Sep 14, 2022
                    Anonymous Freelancer
                    Former Freelancer, more than 3 years
                    Recommend
                    CEO Approval
                    Business Outlook

                    Pros

                    - 100% Open Source - Knowledgable and talented coworkers

                    Cons

                    I joined Collabora with a good impression of them based on their work on existing open source projects, have worked at Collabora for a few years and now I do not have a good impression of them as a company. - There is a 2-tier system like another reviewer mentioned although most companies are hierarchical (even if they pretend not to be) so I do not see this as a big problem by itself. Just don't drink any of the koolaid thinking they're different. They will extract as much work from you leaving you in the dust (physically and mentally) saving their management's skins over yours just like any other company. You are not special to them no matter your contributions and they will discard you once you've exhausted your usefulness to them. - A large chunk of company resources (done by middle management who else) is spent analyzing time logs (you have to keep a detailed record of all your time spent down to the minute) and if they do not like what they see then you are expected to reorganize your time based on how your nontechnical manager thinks you should be spending your time. - Large amounts of people leaving all the time ("churn") because they are an "ethical" company that works on open source and can treat people like trash for their "vision". Managers often lie to get what they want and "climb" the system leaving engineers in the dust slaving away to do as they want (it's your word against theirs) especially the engineering managers. - They earn a silicon valley wage per hour spent per engineer but none of that is passed back to you. They give European style wages even for contractors (you could earn 3x or 4x in the USA) and perhaps this is why most of their employees are from third world countries, Europe and Canada. They are cheap and will nickle and dime you on every technicality they can. Financially they pretend that they are a small startup when in reality they are a multi-million dollar company with many multi-million dollar contracts with many large multi-billion dollar companies. Do yourself a favor and work for an American company and donate some of your money to open source projects. You'll still get screwed by middle management but at least you'll be earning a decent wage for putting up with that. Plenty of for-profit companies can be ethical too you know.

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                    1. 4.0
                      Dec 29, 2021
                      Anonymous Employee
                      Current Employee
                      Recommend
                      CEO Approval
                      Business Outlook

                      Pros

                      (Before the pandemic) nice office in the heart of old Montreal (After the pandemic) Fully remote and flexible work culture = good life and work balance Great benefits which supplement decent pay = The pay meets the average for my role in the city, but combined with pension plan, bonus, and insurance coverage and services (especially virtual health and wellness platforms) is pretty good, especially compared to other similar size companies in Montreal. Good resources and support from your manager (weekly one on one calls + reviews) to grow in your career Leadership team that cares about the people and does everything they can to support their team (especially during the pandemic) Opportunity to connect and work with other talented people around the globe!

                      Cons

                      The company is growing, so some processes are continuing to evolve, and they can impact the pace of your work. One thing to note is though, it is a very open culture, and you can turn these areas of improvement into opportunities and be recognized for your work in improving them.

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                      1. 2.0
                        Sep 5, 2022
                        Software Engineer
                        Former Contractor, more than 3 years
                        Recommend
                        CEO Approval
                        Business Outlook

                        Pros

                        - Work with open source technologies

                        Cons

                        - Compensation below the market - Terrible management - Horrible culture, principles, and values - Not a collaborative place

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                      Collabora has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 20 reviews left anonymously by employees. 62% of employees would recommend working at Collabora to a friend and 67% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -8% over the last 12 months.

                      According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Collabora employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Collabora. This rating has decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

                      62% of Collabora employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Collabora 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.7 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.

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