Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 284 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Novell President & General Manager Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn

(43 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management(in 53 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management at times experience a disconnect from the work in the "trenches"(in 8 reviews)

  • no future, no raises, outdated technology(in 6 reviews)

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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, somewhat relaxed environment.

    ConsWhen the company was bought, about 800 people were laid off. Unfortunately I was one of them.

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    Great experience

    Technical Support Engineer II (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsIt was a great place to work, it was flexible and had great benefits. Had a gym with showers on site plus a great cafeteria. Had plenty of vacation.

    ConsWas not much room to move up in the company. Lots of people had worked there a long time. There would often be an open spot that would get closed with no hire. Historically there had been many lay offs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more opportunities for employees to grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Manager (Former Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsGood benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process.

    ConsMost of the businesses are in the legacy space, little happening on developing new products.

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    Great work life balance, no real opportunity to advance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Great onsite facilities. East Bay Cafe has great food, gym, basketball courts and soccer fields
    - Great work life balance. A lot of my managers would work from home if they needed/wanted to.
    - Able to get discounts at nearby restaurants.
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    Cons- No real opportunity for advancement. Was there for two years and there were no positions available to move into.
    - Since the company was taken private it was extremely difficult to hire new workers when they were needed. Approval had to go all the way up to the CEO even to hire an intern.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Had a good experience there but wouldn't go back

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsI haven't worked at Novell for a long time, but when I was there, I received lots of opportunities. I was regularly promoted and the environment was dynamic. I loved the people around me and the work I did.

    ConsUnfortunately, Novell had a habit of laying off people several times a year to increase their profit margins. I felt on edge during the entire 5 years I was there. Finally, I was laid off with 600 other people. Many of the people that survived were laid off or have moved elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'll never understand why you laid off some of the best employees you had. The VP I worked under saved you millions of dollars each year because of new initiatives. Someone let politics rather than good sense rule. You later laid off the people who made that bad political decision. I think you should judge people on what they have done for the company instead of who is threatened by someone's success. I still love Novell! but would be afraid to go back there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work

    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsGreat benefits
    Good place to learn technology
    Great people to work with

    ConsSolutions underperform in the market
    Marketing weaker than other software companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing to share; market did all the work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Oneof the best places I worked

    Pse (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsMy boss, my teammates and extended team.

    ConsSr. Management needs to be more in touch

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees and the customers will come.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Benefits, declining culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTime off, great health care, Finance team is pretty awesome

    ConsSignificantly less employee count since Attachmate

    Advice to Senior Managementstart hiring again

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for

    Technical Support Engineer III (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsManagement takes care of their employees. Flexible.
    Great working environment.
    Many opportunities to build knowledge and experience to further career.

    ConsAverage salaries. Benefits aren't nearly as good as previous years.
    Fewer opportunities to move up as company no longer growing as they did in past years

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good values but lacks on future perspectives

    Technical Support Engineer III (Current Employee) Provo, UT

    Prosgood managers
    good balance work/life
    good working environment

    Consupper management seems to be lost
    no raises for a long time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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