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Corel Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  • Upper management is constantly firing people and making poor decision (in 3 reviews)

  • New executive team unqualified, lack of leadership and authenticity (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Program Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Corel Corporation Still Sells Great Brands..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. 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.


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  5. "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


  6. "can be worse, but could be much better."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some interesting work, good technology, friendly and talented coworkers, reasonable benefits,

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for the future, work is not divided well between overseas offices, projects get moved to other groups with little notice, upper management only wants to make "safe" choices, leadership vacuum leads to lack of coordination among managers, upper management is too dependent on middle managers to know what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep non-manager employees more in the loop about what's going on, talking with each person to hear what they are doing. Also, allow people to take ownership of their work -- it's difficult to be motivated to make a long term investment in your project (work hard or be creative) knowing that your project may be taken away from you at any moment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "If you are a grunt level employee, don't bother, but if you are middle-high management, this place is for you."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Part of Grunt Level Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Part of Grunt Level Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    The roles are always evolving with market trend and market technology in the software multimedia space and Corel is the market leader in this particular market in many ways. Never boring and always learning (unless again, grunt level)

    Cons

    Very very top heavy for a small-medium sized company.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate each senior managements direction into one and negotiate with the holding interest in the back to make sure the goals are aligned. Too many directions and too many opinions leads to competitor stealing business away.


  8. "User experience intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Corel as an intern

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Interesting product to work on. Good equipment

    Cons

    This is a remote job, so mentoring it not as good as those in office ones.


  9. "Interesting work and great coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects and engaged co workers.

    Cons

    Limited mobility and company has been through a lot of changes.


  10. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, benefits are good, decent workload, all around not a bad place to work, they don't pay well

    Cons

    Upper management is constantly firing people and making poor decision. They won't really appreciate your talent, older office space that's always shrinking

    Advice to Management

    Show your employee that they matter


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Counterweight"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Corel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    While some of the cons listed by other employees were true, their feedback is outdated. Since then Corel improved. Yes, we had lots of layoffs in the past decades but, more recently, very little. The company size stabilized and we are now hiring to maintain it.

    We have amazing teams of qualified developers, QA, UED, etc... To me that is one of the best reasons why I stayed here so long : the people. Everyone is friendly and help each other out! There is little competition among us : we rather support each other.

    Another major pros are the products you'd work on. Despite their ages, we are using cutting edge technologies to develop them on recent hardware. You'll never get bored and you will do interesting projects. I've been working here for over a decade now and am still learning every day. Best of all, you'll get to do cool new features, not just maintain old code.

    Even in the worse case scenario : more layoffs, which I don't see happening anytime soon, you'll get to put Corel on your resume! Not many people can say that they worked on shrinked wrapped application used by millions of users across the world : YOU could.

    The work environment is good, we have flexible hours, understanding managers, good work-life balance. Long overtime hours is NOT expected. Some do, some don't, it depends on your personality and on your personal situation : no one will judge you : your choice.

    There is room to grow within developer's ladder. Not very much within the management ladder but it does happen.

    Also note that the CEO is not Tom Berquist anymore, it is Patrick Nichols which understand software development much better. As opposed to a long time ago, when Corel was going in all directions without any clear focus, Patrick as a very clear one. New Corel is very cautious about maintaining its revenues and keeping its expenses in check which is good in my opinion.

    Benefits are good and Vacation plan too. Compensation plan is competitive. Free parking. Good location. RRSP matching.

    Cons

    Rather than maintain competitive compensations, give more :P

    Advice to Management

    I said earlier that Corel is very cautious. I'd like to see it become a little less cautious, take more risks.


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