Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
307 Reviews
3.2
307 Reviews
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Kathleen Owens
7 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace) (in 62 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.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment, fantastic benefits, family friendly, free gym, great food at the cafeteria, tons of paid time off. New leadership seems to be moving the company in a good direction.

    Cons

    Lower pay than average, just about no opportunity to move up. Everyone I talks to wonders if I'm fearful for my job because of the company's history. Novell isn't a new up and coming company in Utah.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit training your competition's employees. Give your young talent a reason to stick around. This company needs new blood to invigorate innovation. Give employees opportunities to make their mark on the company. Give people a reason to make cool stuff again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not what it used to be

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

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Great people who appreciate their customers.

    Cons

    New senior management that seems to only understand value operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good employer. Departments are very flat hiearchically, with room for e-ees to take on interesting projects.

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment allowing flexibility to move schedule to attend kids sports activities.
    Large enough have good community of co-workers. Small enough I can lead change.
    Great local recreation (skiing and hiking).

    Cons

    Pay is fine, but probably not above industry average.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    easy to work with. great with scheduling

    Cons

    long hrs, lots of overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more time manageable with employees and get rid of those who take advantage. work the hrs you need to work not let them get off working less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    “Wonderful work environment.”

    • 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

    Highly experienced, competent, focused people, environment, benefits, time off, gym, soccer, ping pong, ultimate frisbee, flag football, family friendly work hours, and no micro management.

    Cons

    Vision, Direction, Leadership, Prioritization, Work Management, Communication, Execution, and Follow up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify where you're going, and what you're willing to give up to get there. Instead of laying off (redundant) people, consolidate your redundant work, and free your people up to expand, grow, and deepen relationships and products.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Extremely happy with my choice of employer!

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent work / life balance
    Trusted environment
    Excellent leadership
    Ethical leadership / decision-makers
    Stability
    Respected environment
    Those who leave, thinking the grass might be greener, want to come back
    High Tenure

    Cons

    It's a corporation, privately owned with a budget to follow in order to be profitable. Management does not always understand the reasons behind this (since we've been privately acquired) and it's hard to hear management be frustrated with a strict budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be patient with reasons why we need to be strict with new-hires and understand there must be a valid reason behind a strict budget.
    Positive note to Management: I admire the true leadership and dedication to wanting the BEST for every employee! The compassion and care is un-like anything I've seen and I admire the leadership our managers elude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Company

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

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

    Pros

    Recently acquired in 2011 that allows Novell to be competitive in industry. Parent company Attachmate is commited to success

    Cons

    Rebuilding image; informing high tech industry that Novell is still a great company with opportunity and can be a player in the software space

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great 11+ years

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great benefits, good salary

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction and leadership over the years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a solid vision and stick with it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun and Flexible

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun working enviroment and lots of great and long lasting friendships. Quite flexible with the schedule and personal life.

    Cons

    Takes forever to get anything done with the data center and you don't feel appreciated as they do not make counter offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of (insert 3 letter company acronym here) outsourcing disaster and get the employee's back on at Novell so we can get the business running like it should again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Loving my time...

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    In the time that I've been with Novell I've found that they offer flexible work hours, a unique and productive office building, consistently challenging work, and a plethora of great talent and associates.

    Cons

    There are some negative perceptions of the company specifically locally and some of our products are often viewed negatively within the press.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward your employees and the production will come

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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