Corel Reviews

Updated 9 August 2014
Updated 9 August 2014
40 Reviews

2.6
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  1.  

    Tough times

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

    I worked at Corel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Atmosphere is relaxed and results-focussed. Managers are generally friendly. Lots of fun people. There isn't a lot of middle management with nothing to do but supervise people, so you're treated like an adult and left alone to do your job.

    Cons

    The company is currently being stripped for parts due to tough market conditions. Saw so many good people get let go over the years. Half the product portfolio now managed out of Austin so probably more job losses coming to Ottawa. It can be a good place to work and I know people who've had good career's there, but the threat of restructuring and layoffs is always around no matter how you perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they have their hands full trying to keep the place above water.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I grew in my profession working at Corel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very talented and open minded front line people to work with, lots to learn from them.
    Advanced and efficient processes.
    Very good products with passionate users.
    Flexibility in work hours as long as work gets done.

    Cons

    Some of the high level management has not proven strong leadership skills.
    People are often laid off on political reasons, overlooking the performance and importance of their role in the company. It can happen to anybody.
    Stressful environment to work in due to multiple layoffs, lack of trust in management and strategy and job uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the company growth, product quality and the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Cheap is already too expensive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Aged but nice products and good people

    Cons

    Riding nice products to death without any (or minimal) investment and basically no support, consumers are left with bugs and other issues no one cares about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go get a more consumer-friendly strategy: acquiring companies and leeching off their brand value is a great ROI but will ultimately kill the company's reputation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing because it could be so much more.

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    Current Employee - Senior Web Producer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Web Producer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are friendly and the hours are flexible. Some managers let you work from home once or twice a week.

    Cons

    Company is short sighted. The focus is always on revenue for THAT quarter. Lack of employee development along with annual layoffs make it a difficult place to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider investing in your employees and keep salaries in line with inflation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    very challenging, exciting but very low company appreciation of its employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corel full-time

    Pros

    Interesting technology, amazing people to work with.

    Cons

    low investment in research and development. company owned by investment firm, all the care about is profitability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show interest in what the teams are doing, reward people for their work. reinvest in research and development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are great but . . .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Corel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best part of this company is the employees. A relaxed but professional environment combined with friendly staff makes going to work enjoyable. People, including middle management, are working hard, and everyone is treated with respect.

    Cons

    The worst thing about Corel is the VC ownership cloud hanging over it. The staff never knows when the next re-org is coming, so that ownership can take a little more money out of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a tough road ahead. Take the pulse of the worker bees more often. Keep being honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good place to start career

    Cons

    not a lot of direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to learn about business operations

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Corel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It demonstrates how a M&A based company runs a business.

    Cons

    It ignore core technology development. The organization changes frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Politics everywhere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corel

    Pros

    Good amount of resources and some really talented people.

    Cons

    Politics (and a LOT of it)
    Constant layoffs
    Poor pay in regard to industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people more than the bottom line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great products, wrong VC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Corel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brilliant people across all teams, serving many great customers and been around for over 25 years.

    Cons

    VC based, sucking up all the money and leaving nothing on the table for expansion or growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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