Novell Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, benefits, growth opportunities. Self-managed environment; very little micro-management.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs, declining market share.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the experience and perspectives of employees at all levels when making strategic and organizational decisions.

  2. Helpful (2)

    It was a great run

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Technology was outstanding. Great people and products. Benefits were excellent, and there were plenty of chances to advance. Extremely broad portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Successive changes to strategy, non-accretive acquisitions, inability to build solid revenue streams to replace NetWare, and management mis-steps led to the company's takeover.

    Advice to Management

    Too late - company as it existed no longer operates as a single, publicly traded entity.

  3. Director of Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, smart peers

    Cons

    Products were not leaders in any of their core markets

    Advice to Management

    Focus on winning product lines.

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  5. I like it here.

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    Current Intern - Intern in Provo, UT
    Current Intern - Intern in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is genuinely interested in your success. Office culture is great.

    Cons

    Unsure future. No real structured on boarding training.

    Advice to Management

    Get some real training in place.

  6. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome balance between life and work. I never felt like I was going to get fired when a family emergency came up and I had to work from home or remotely to tend to it.

    Cons

    Lay-offs. Even after attachmate came into play there are still lay offs. This is the major reason I see people leave of their own free-will. In addition decisions made higher up give the company a poor outlook for the future.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on providing and brighter outlook for the future. Stop doing lay-offs or "corporate restructurings" whatever you want to call them they destroy morale of your employees.

  7. Excellent

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    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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Professional people- management is good

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Marketing should be the focus -

  8. Helpful (1)

    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.

  9. Great experience

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    There needs to be more opportunities for employees to grow.

  10. Good

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    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. Great work life balance, no real opportunity to advance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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