Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
303 Reviews
3.3
303 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace) (in 60 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process (in 22 reviews)


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

  • Most of the businesses are in the legacy space, little happening on developing new products (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Professional people- management is good

    Cons

    Marketing could have been better. The products are really nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing should be the focus -

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Great company, somewhat relaxed environment.

    Cons

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

  3.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    Was 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 ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more opportunities for employees to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great work life balance, no real opportunity to advance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell part-time (more than an year)

    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.
    -

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Had a good experience there but wouldn't go back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, 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 ManagementAdvice

    I'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Solutions underperform in the market
    Marketing weaker than other software companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to share; market did all the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Oneof the best places I worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pse in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pse in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My boss, my teammates and extended team.

    Cons

    Sr. Management needs to be more in touch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and the customers will come.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Benefits, declining culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Significantly less employee count since Attachmate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start hiring again

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Average 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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