Novell
3.4 of 5 281 reviews
www.novell.com Provo, UT 1000 to 5000 Employees

Novell Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.4 281 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Novell President & General Manager Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn

(43 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management"
    in 51 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  • "no future, no raises, outdated technology"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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    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsGreat coworkers, and beautiful campus.

    ConsTough market position, and questionable leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRun it like a business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great products....bad marketing

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsGreat technologies. Great managers and leaders.
    Great people to work with.

    ConsMobility and growth problematic. Business model bad - can't make money when you're product is free. And even with superior technology, if you can't market it.....toast.

    Advice to Senior Managementnew marketing. new pricing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfree food is a pluss

    Consnovell is a dying company

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    Good and Bad - future is cloudy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    Pros-Has a long history
    -Attachmate Group has been a good thing for the company in making changes for the better, but it will take time
    -Working on new product innovation (finally vs. OEMing someone else's product)
    -Many fantastic and solid products that can compete with the best ones (need to get past - history & name concerns)

    Cons-Has a long history...many companies view technology as old, outdated, or not relevant.
    -Corporate marketplace reluctant to re-consider great products simply due to name
    -History of failing to execute - from new product innovation/delivery to marketing
    -Not sure if Attachmate Group is 3 years too late in this turn around (I hope it turns around, but still has a ways to go)
    -Benefits are worse under Attachmate, their plan is not as generous (medical/dental)
    -Raises. It's rare to get a raise. (company has been shrinking, so promotions are few and far between)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut in place - NEW - marketing and engineering leaders from outside the whole company (never worked at the company type vs ex-employee returning). Need a fresh perspective and let them execute on a plan without too many restrictions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for

    Senior Manager, Software Engineering (Current Employee)

    Pros- Good salary
    - Good benefits

    Cons- Not growing that rapidly

    Advice to Senior Management- Innovation should be the focus

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    It was good while it lasted...

    Finance (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsLots of great employees.
    Good work/life balance.

    ConsNot great prospects for the future.
    Annual layoffs not great for employee morale.

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    Great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable, great benefits, nice building

    ConsWork life balance, no raises

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work environment great people

    ConsLong hours and don't get over time for working

    Advice to Senior ManagementOver time

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    Excellent Company

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours. Terrible boss. Felt like being in elementary school

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Waltham, MA

    ProsBenefit was decent. Good 401 k plan

    ConsExpect to work from 9:00 to 9:00 everyday

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire incompetent managers. Need a better review system. Clean up middle management to keep good developers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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