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A great place to work... until layoff time

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Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer  in  Provo, UT
Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Provo, UT

I worked at Novell

Pros

Actually, even with the constant fear of layoffs and outsourcing, it has been more than worth it. This has been a great place to work; a lot of fun. They value people in general and make sure you are taken care of. There is a great emphasis placed on career path and training. My mangers have been extremely fair in promotion and bonuses. They are understanding of family situations. Though in some departments there is a tendency to overwork, mine was much less problematic. I value their commitment to open source.

Cons

The constant fear of layoff and outsourcing is real. It finally hit me though I had managed to avoid it for years. Though we are being offered jobs at the outsourcer, it will be a definite reduction in benefits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please stay committed to Linux and open source. There is a whole world that will open up as you do.

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    Novell has great products but needs to execute better

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    Former Employee - Application Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Application Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Very innovative products. Company is constantly on the cutting edge with its offerings.

    Cons

    Company lacks direction and seems layoffs/RIFs happen at least 2-3 times a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the existing technology as it's vastly superior to what else is out there. Stop constantly "right-sizing" the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Decent place to work -- not cutting edge technology nor really fun place to work

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Open source, fairly cutting edge, fairly innovative managment

    Cons

    It's a bit stodgy of a place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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