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Corel Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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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)

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

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. 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    While some of the cons listed by other employees were true, their feedback is outdated.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.


  4. "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 .


  5. "Office Politics, Lay-offs and Near Sightedness in Abundance"

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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

    • Lenient Office regulations.
    • Allocated days for sick leaves, vacation leaves, and emergency leaves.
    • You have your own workstation.
    • Fixed work schedule.

    Cons

    • The company focuses on selling new versions of their products each year instead of releasing innovative and good quality software.
    • Bad business decisions like acquiring small software companies yet having trouble of keeping them profitable.
    • Office politics, favoritism, and gossiping is the norm.
    • Constant lay-offs to cut expenses.
    • Salary is low and may remain the same each year.
    • Their loyal yet old customer base is dying out, they're not reaching out to younger customers.

    Advice to Management

    The glory days of Corel has long been gone, a change in focus is needed.


  6. "Not a place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to get a start and learn to work at a breakneck pace, which really is a valuable skill. Pay can be good, flexible hours (with the right manager) and some interesting projects. People who stay value work/life balance over career progression, which isn't a bad thing.

    Cons

    Very little room to grow. Constant lay-offs, shrinking budgets, uncertainty. New management squeezing every last cent out of operations/products, leaving little room for creativity and growth.

    Advice to Management

    More work-sponsored social outings. Used to happen more but as the company has shrunken, so has the hospitality.


  7. "Good to earn experience, but not salary"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corel (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    many talented co-workers, free atmosphere and work time

    Cons

    not strong against economy crisis in 2009, products are not fancy in this web services era, salary is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    should have more people skill to help new employees overcome some obstacles

  8. "Poor Management and Outlook"

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some nice products and people.

    Cons

    Saddled with debt and declining revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Find another company with a more promising future.


  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. Helpful (3)

    "Declining company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good location
    Smart and engaged employees, easy-to-work with
    Great Products and customers
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Highly Political and many conflicts. New executive team unqualified, lack of leadership and authenticity. No strategy for the company. No communication. No interest in customers.
    Seems to be a preference for male employees, especially for management roles.
    Heavy workload (company working as a skeleton). No room to grow. No training or career advancement. Salary below average & no increase. Unrealistic bonus objectives that can’t be achieved

    Advice to Management

    Work on Cons


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