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Corel Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Employees have good work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The work environment is good, we have flexible hours, understanding managers, good work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours to work with overseas (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management is constantly firing people and making poor decision (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Web and Database Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Web and Database Developer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Web and Database Developer in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Corel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Corel is an equal opportunity employer. Employees have good work life balance. Work is always interesting and challenging, we have creative freedom to design and develop the module. Colleagues are very supportive and share knowledge.

    Cons

    Not much to say. Only thing is Company headquarters are in Ottowa, Canada. So the Compnay focus is on growing the team in Canada, Not much attention is given to the employees in CA, US.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say. Management is great, they always listen to what employees need.


  2. "Program Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Headquater is in Ottawa. They have small office in Mountain View. People were very nice, helpful, and bright. Morale is high and people truly believe in what they're working on. Good outlook.

    Cons

    Pay was average for Silicon Valley. Work life balance is OK. We are only stress out when we have products release to market. Sometimes aggressive and unrealistic schedules, which should be nothing new for competitive SV companies.

    Advice to Management

    Since Engineer is located over sea, it was hard to get issue resolve for customer. They should hire more talent people to enhance new technology on current products

  3. "Software Development Engineer in Testing"

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    Former Employee - Software Testing Engineer in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Software Testing Engineer in Orem, UT
    Recommends

    Pros

    Colleagues are helpful, nice and willing to help.
    Good benefits
    An enjoyable place to work in.

    Cons

    Corel shut down its Provo location and moved back to Canada.

    Advice to Management

    -


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Corel Corporation Still Sells Great Brands..."

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    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has great people, incredibly loyal and smart. Still sells great brands - Word Perfect, WinZip, Roxio, PaintShop Pro, Pinnacle Studio. Marketing is challenging with PC and Mac software sales declining...but working on the Corel team has been a great experience in integration and co-marketing. Decent benefits, and flex hours too!

    Cons

    Tough situation to have to cut every year despite hitting sales targets and goals within the company. Communication is lacking due to it being a private company and each division was unaware really, of what the other was doing. Staying focused and motivated was challenging so it really came down to the people you were working with which made it ok.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. Realize people are more than just money makers - make decisions that benefit all aspects of a company in addition to the bottomline.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Some good people to work with but no directions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corel full-time

    Pros

    - OK pay and benefits
    - Life/work balance
    - Some very bright and nice people to work with

    Cons

    - Constant layoffs
    - No vision/direction
    - Very short-sighted outsourcing stragtey from new management who has no idea about the the products are

    Advice to Management

    It is easy to look at numbers and make calls on what you can see. It is harder to be couragous and taking-risk to head the company to the future growth. Without a mindset change, the company is going away sooner or later.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Seems to be going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to work with some very good people
    Individual ideas and thinking are encouraged
    Compensation and benefits were fair

    Cons

    Position did not feel secure, as though at any point the position would be eliminated.
    There was not much enthusiasm about the product or product releases

    Advice to Management

    Significant product inovation is needed to keep pace and move ahead of competitors.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "No innovation left at this company. Constantly downsizing"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, Flexible scheduling, Good benefits

    Cons

    Declining revenue
    Poor executive management decisions
    Not innovative enough to keep afloat
    International work schedule
    Old products

  8. "Corel is not a place that innovation thrives"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average vacation time (hey it's a Canadian company!)
    They try to treat employees with respect (at least in North America)

    Cons

    It's a mix of many companies they acquired, plagued by poor management. If you're an innovative person looking for an exciting work, this place is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Think out of the box, get some innovative leaders, commodity business won't survive! You've lost so many chances already, could have been #1 on mobile multimedia apps.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Corel is going down the drain."

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where the results are the most important thing and not when you do it. I often telecommuted. Note: this was in the US and I do not think that other locations have as much flexibility. The pay was very competitive and benefits ok.

    Cons

    Corel is HQ in Canada with offices in Taiwan, US, and China. They have had many layoffs and have moved most development to Taiwan and China. They laid-off a very experienced team in the US and moved the development to a smaller team in Taiwan with less experience and little knowledge of the code base.

    Advice to Management

    Not all engineers are equal. A person with extensive knowledge in the product space can not be replaced with another just because they cost less.


  10. "Good place for learning technology but too hard working"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place for learning technology. A bunch of good engineers there to work with. All are hardworking and prefessional

    Cons

    Managers try to make you work over time most of the time. Don't have much chance to grow up management-wise.

    Advice to Management

    The management should give employees opportunity to give feedback. More resource is moving to Taiwan so people start worrying on that


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