Corel
3.0 of 5 37 reviews
www.corel.com Ottawa, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Feb 12, 2014

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Tom Berquist

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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People are great but . . .

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

ProsThe 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Corel full-time

ProsInteresting technology, amazing people to work with.

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

Advice to Senior Managementshow interest in what the teams are doing, reward people for their work. reinvest in research and development.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Prosgood place to start career

Consnot a lot of direction

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Politics everywhere.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Corel

ProsGood amount of resources and some really talented people.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your people more than the bottom line

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great products, wrong VC

Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place

User Experience (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Corel as a contractor for less than a year

ProsIt was a co-op job. In my third year. Started off great, although I thought it was a little slow. But it was my first job in the field, so I'm sure they weren't expecting me to hit the ground running anyway.

ConsMy hiring manager got laid off. At the same, I was supposed to get a few terms out of it but because of the cutbacks, my contract was not renewed. (I was supposed to get a few terms out of it.)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for someone to jumpstart their careers

Developer (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at Corel

ProsThe best thing about Corel are it's people. Due to downsizing, the ones left are true professionals with great flair. For a software corporation of its size, its scale of operations is quite extensive and this is all due to the quality of its employees.

If you are a junior to intermediate level person who wishes to grow, this is a great place as you will be working with world-class professionals with a can-do attitude to everything.

ConsVery little room for advancement. Management hold onto their positions tightly and keep their employees from evolving into leadership roles.

If you are a senior-level person, you will find it frustrating at the least.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to retain your high quality employees, you need to provide them opportunities for advancement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place with an old product line

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at Corel

ProsGood group of highly skilled people that enjoy their work and their products. Decent perks, work flexibility, and consistent perfromance recognition throughout.

ConsRecent history of investor purchase, delisting, relisting, delisting again. Very tight ship with little room or budget for innovation. Culture of "me too" products. High executive aversion to risk.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to foster more innovation at a low level. Create more turnover in the employees to bring in fresh experiences and skills.

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May be an opportunity

Director (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Corel

ProsThe people are good here.

ConsUnknown growth plans for future

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a strategy

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Alive and well

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at Corel

Prosgreat people
flexible hours
every person can make a difference
lots of opportunities to grow
good leadership
good location
never boring
always a new challenge

ConsThere is a perception of constant layoffs that leaves people uncertain of what/who is next, but the reality is there is a keen eye on financial success and stability and there are a lot of new hires.

Advice to Senior ManagementThank your lucky stars for such a dynamic and resilient workforce and reward them often for their extreme commitment and perseverance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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