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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
  • Constant lay-offs, shrinking budgets, uncertainty (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. "Senior Web and Database Developer"

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    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. "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
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    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

    -

  3. "Software developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic environment. Fast paced. Lots of creative people working there.

    Cons

    Need to focus on all technologies

    Advice to Management

    Work on getting products done on the Mac


  4. "On the up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I felt compelled to add my two cents as Corel has changed a lot in the last two years. True, the company has been through many restructurings and those let go are entitled to their feelings however, we are now a lean and effective organisation. Product life cycles are on a yearly basis so the work never stops and you don't have people hiding in cubes not reporting to anyone. Personally, I think that's a good thing. We might make desktop software but eCommerce is a huge part of the model and strategy/technology employed to deliver new experiences are always evolving. Work in recent years is paying off and results are showing again.

    - Work on products used by millions of people
    - Pay typically commensurate with experience
    - Good work/life balance; hours have flexibility and not crazy by any means
    - Hard-working and friendly teams
    - Comprehensive benefits
    - RRSP matching
    - Supplied hardware is good
    - Ottawa office centrally located

    Lastly, I don't find folks here complaining about what they're paid. There used to be a lot more of that but in my experience, most in senior positions have worked their way up and everyone is expected to perform. So like any job, ask for what your worth and if it's not enough then move on.

    Cons

    The reality of being a very lean, VC-owned desktop software company means the pressure is always on. However, management appear to be steering us in the right direction with smart acqusitions and feature enhancements providing value to existing customers, so time will tell.

    - Departmental divisions can be tedious
    - Moving up the ranks often slow/impossible
    - Starting holidays could be better but do increase

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transparency, make your staff feel valued, continue investing.


  5. "Lost the direction"

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    Former Employee - Supervisory Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Supervisory Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, talent engineers. People were very nice, helpful, and bright.
    The middle layer managers handle the teams well and continue to improve the development process, including code review, unit tests, continue integration, and keep delivering quality software.

    Cons

    Not innovative enough to get the customers back.
    The senior manager team is too conservative. They cannot react the market change promptly and properly. Just reduce the cost and not have any strategy to invest for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Be ambitious to challenge the market leaders. The customers and market are changing. We must be aggressive to meet our customer's expectations and acquire new customers, or we will lose the future.


  6. "The people make the place!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at Corel was overall a great experience, because of the people I worked with and around. The products are also very good, high quality and fun to use.

    Cons

    Hard to fully understand the company objectives.


  7. "Graphic Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Corel full-time

    Pros

    It was a growing company that was on the edge of technology.

    Cons

    Long hours and poor management at the time.

  8. "Enjoyed the time spent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my stay at Corel for 8 years. I had a work life balance. They gave me opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    We were given small amount of time when they announce they will shut down their branch here. No proper planning on their projects to sustain their products to the market .


  9. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collegiate. Fun products. Global. Fast moving industry.

    Cons

    Short term results trump longer term strategy


  10. "Senior Database Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I like people with who I work

    Cons

    There were lots of Restructuring and downsizing episodes in the past


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