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Pros
  • Employees have good work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment where the results are the most important thing and not when you do it (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Only thing is Company headquarters are in Ottowa, Canada (in 3 reviews)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  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. "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and staff

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and advancement

    Advice to Management

    Let region does its work


  5. "sale account manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great brand. everyone knew of the legacy of the products and has good things to say about the products.

    Cons

    too many changes in management which creates mixed messages for the customers. company changes direction many times


  6. "On the up"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work and great coworkers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Potential opportunity but be careful"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees at Corel are great. It's a very tight place. The developers are very smart. Core products are good and generally well maintained. Miracles performed daily. Equipment is good. Health benefits are good. There may be good opportunities here for someone especially starting out, or someone out of work.

    The executive team works out of CA so you only have to listen to them pretend to give a damn about you one or twice a year.

    The Ottawa management team I think is doing the best they can with what they have. They're good people honestly.

    Cons

    Corel was bought out by a VC firm and it's never been the same. Bankruptcy was prevented but the company was gutted in every way possible. Layoffs have been very deep which caused unrecoverable damage to morale which is lukewarm at absolute best unless things have changed very recently which I doubt.

    Their most talented developers have already left. Good news is that many now work at Google, Microsoft and other successful places. They got there from what they learned at Corel which is something.

    The pay is OK but probably the min they can get away with. Starting vacation is behind the times. Negotiate as absolute high as you can because getting a raise or promotion is nearly impossible.

    The office furniture is older than you are.

    Advice to Management

    Move the Ottawa team to a new building or at least out of the basement. Get some decent chairs. Put some snacks in the fridge. Close the office over Christmas like most other places. Realize that it's a miracle you still have the engineers left that you do.


  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


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