Finance (Former Employee) – Waterloo – 21 July 2016
I worked in finance for 3 years. Most of the managers were completely incompentant and seemed to have one gotten those positions based on their ability to suck up rather than their skills. Favouritism was rampant in finance. This meant a lot of the hard working and skilled people would quit and they wouldn't be replaced rather their work was dumped on those that remained. They also constantly acquired new companies which meant more and more work. OpenText is a large multinational with the policies of a small company and the HR department is a joke. The benefits and perks were good but the pay was a joke. There is no connection between your performance and annual raise. That is if you even get an annual raise as they have no policy around that. You have to complain about your pay to get a raise.
Good benefits and perks
Low pay, increasing work load, favouritism, weak management
Developer (Current Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 19 December 2016
Do your research before deciding to work here. OpenText is an acquisition machine and it's fueled by politics and deceit. Management does not care about growing you or their products. Top Employer awards are bought and paid for. There are a lot of fake reviews on Glassdoor. Employee perks are constantly being scaled back. The turnover rate is well above the industry standard. Growth opportunities are few and far between.
Decent vacation, great colleagues
Poor management, high turnover, corporate politics
Accountant (Former Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 16 February 2016
Since the new CEO came aboard this company is no longer what it used to be. There are always deadlines and new responsibilities thrown on your plate but there are only expectations and no proper compensation nor promotion for all that extra work. Lack of human resources problem is being ignored for years now and all they do is hiring contractors instead of permanent employees. Finance team is a dead end, there is no opportunities to grow professionally, you will be most likely stuck in the same position for years unless you are the "chosen" one that will magically be promoted without doing anything. Although there are still some great people there, it is a matter of time until those leave this company as well. Such a shame as this really was great place to work. Now is only corporate politics, favorizm and poor compensation.
Great people, flexible work hours
Poor management, corporate politics and favorizm; poor compensation
Great atmosphere, growing company, Merges and acquisitions
technology architect (Current Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 5 October 2016
Great place to work at, going though transitions changes. Acted as a trusted advisor. Provided recommendations on latest technologies to effectively guide the technical direction of projects, proactively identify and resolve complex technical issues and assess the potential impact of emerging technologies relative to strategic business needs and recommends their use in the company for current and future needs. Key focus is to reduce capital cost and mitigate down time and business risks.
Program Manager, Premier Support (Former Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 25 August 2015
It was a fun and positive work place with supportive management, it wasn't all about the numbers but how you personally grow and developed. As the company grew along with aggressive changes, the numbers started to really matter and everyone was competing for raises or a promotion but this is expected of a big company. My day to day job was challenging with lots to do but in an exciting way as it kept me motivated. The most enjoyable part of the job was working alongside my colleagues and continuously learned from them.
Fun social events to show employee appreciation
Long hours, harder to get raises or a promotion due to company reorganization
Reporting Analyst (Former Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 12 February 2016
OpenText is a very old traditional company that comes with all the drawbacks of a corporation that is stuck in the past.
This is purely subjective as i'm sure there are lots of people who would enjoy the culture at OpenText. I will describe OpenText culture by virtue of what they are not, who am i and why it is a terrible fit.
I am active, love to travel, love trying new things, learning new things, new sports, talk about innovation taking place around the globe. Having fun in my book is doing awesome "stuff" with people who think like me.
At OpenText i could not connect to a single person on basic human level in terms of interest, beliefs, things i care about. Conversations are dominated by discussion of tv shows (i don't watch tv) and variety of household routines.
Work style is very deadline oriented at certain times in a year yet not results oriented. I felt like all i did was spin my wheels while i was there. Again, take this with a grain of salt because i am switching careers. It could be that this just wasn't for me...
Overall i was miserable there. I would like to emphasize that this might be due to bad fit to begin with.
Great software solutions provided to great companies
Account Development Representative (Current Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 18 October 2015
Great company to work for with many perks. Incredible success story for OpenText. Being so big and in so many locations, however, it was easy to lose touch with management and productive suggestions were very difficult to have implemented. Flexible work hours but the sight of flexibility in how one was allowed to perform meaningful work was unfortunately lost.
Worked in a fun and productive development department.
Department Coordinator (Former Employee) – Richmond Hill, ON – 26 October 2015
Assisting all managers and their respective teams with daily administrative duties including arranging travel, conferences, meetings and presentations, all department purchases, events planning, trainings etc. Managing inventory and office supplies. Smooth onboarding of new employees.
Good work life balance.
Constant restructuring leads to low employee moral
Senior Legal Assistant/Consultant (Former Employee) – Richmond Hill, ON – 13 August 2012
I worked there on a contract as a legal assistant/consultant in the law department. I was hired to train myself and others in creating a new corporate database. Management and my co-workers were wonderful. I worked with very minimal supervision and had my own office.
freedom and independence to do a great job.
richmond hill and oakville are too far apart to commute.
Processed wide-world employees commissions calculations, and completed the AP process of cost associated to commissions’ payments. Prepared JEs and global accounts reconciliation with multiple currencies. Analyzed financial /commissions data and request from internal departments and manager, contributed to statistical, financial and accounting reports, and coordinated year-end activities for internal/ external auditors. Led on various team projects. This job was prepared me strong in Excel and worked with a large data and knowledgeable on the company policies & plan provisions. It developed my communications services skill, and continued improvement, but also built up my leadership. I have enjoyed my work every single day and willing to help my co-workers.
Administrator (Former Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 7 April 2014
Managers are there because of long standing relations with few powerful people. They do not have knowledge, they do not nurture or provide training to team// people.
Managers put the blame of their failure on juniors very easily Highly conspicuous by its high labour turn over due to hiring-firing policy, so If you have job then do not leave your existing job to join this company. Acquired too many companies, so they try different people all the time from various entities without giving enough training and time and spoil the job/ tasks.
freebies- 10 types of tea and 6 types of coffee and Starbucks coffee
no role clarity, no mentoring, - who pays freebies? certainly it is from savings of those employees who are poorly paid