Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.4 284 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Novell President & General Manager Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn

(43 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management(in 53 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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology(in 6 reviews)

284 Employee Reviews
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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsGreat people with a good attitude. Great benefits too.

    ConsDated technology and a management team who didn't care

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    Prosgreat people although after novell was acquired it is a shell of its prior existence

    Conscompany is in re-definition mode - new management - still tbd

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    A professional workplace

    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsGreat environment at work and in the communiity

    ConsLack of clear focus from management. During 2010 the company was plagued with uncertainty as it was going through a sale. (from public to private)

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopefully new management will improve marketing and company focus and really pay attention to the customer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's about the people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsI love working with the people at Novell, particularly members of my own team. The new leadership gets that focusing on existing customers can be a great business and can also bridge the gap from old products to new.

    ConsAs with all companies, there's more to do than can be done and lots of inefficiencies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it simple. Invest in the future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with top notch people

    Novell Director (Current Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsThe salary and benefits are competitive for the local IT industry. Novell has a great culture and facilities (on-site fitness center, cafeteria, credit union, etc.) in Provo and offers a flexible work environment. The best part of working at Novell are the awesome people you get to work with every day and the many challenges and opportunities to help solve.

    ConsNovell was recently acquired by the Attachmate Group and this has naturally caused a sense of uncertainty among the ranks. The leadership and business culture brought into the fold by heritage Attachmate and NetIQ is less polished even though their focus on the customer and driving revenue is sound. Many, including myself, wonder if they are poised to grow the business or merely desire to "milk the cash cow" (existing customer base and maintenance revenue stream).

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have a great employee, partner and customer base at Novell. In order to keep the business in balance, you need to give adequate time, attention and priority to each.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good starting job, but the department doesn't have a real career path.

    License Management Analyst (Current Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsYou get great benefits and there are some great people to work with.

    ConsIt's like pulling teeth to get a promotion or advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and then you can know what they really want.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No future

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsNice campus
    Nice cafeteria
    Nice exercise room
    lots of time off, didn't need to beg for permission
    good location next to free way
    excellent benefits

    ConsCompany was bought out by Attachmate, Attachmate laid off hundreds of employees
    company can't compete and therefore is not growing
    moral is way down
    Dead end job no way to move up
    No raises in 4 years
    If managers don't like you, even if you do a good job, they will lower your bonus at the end of the year.
    very political. some people got promotions playing to manager's egos while undermining their coworkers performance.
    When things got tough, managers would only look out for themselves and threw the people on their team under the bus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttachmate should get rid the rest of the managers and then sell off the rest of Novell. The company isn't worth keeping around since Novell can't compete.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Beautiful Campus, Reasonable Pay, Good Opportunity, Difficult Culture

    Manager (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsBeautiful offices and campus, convenient on-site gym, bank and cafeteria, opportunity for solid business experience, great opportunity for exposure to international business, home to some of the hardest workers with whom I've had the pleasure to be associated

    ConsLack of communication, executives are focused on personal goals rather than leadership and building a good culture, total lack of valuing of employees as an asset, due to international presence, MANY work hours expected of salaried employees including late nights and early mornings and all normal hours in between, in-fighting between executives at the various sites across the globe, an archaic sense that in the relatively smaller Provo, Utah market employees have no other viable employment options and Novell is the only "game in town" and consequently employees are not treated as they should be, there is a surprising number of under-qualified upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees and verbally express thanks for their hard work, communicate more openly, foster unity among various departments, develop a productive culture

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    Great team to work with, interesting work and flexible environment.

    Enablement Manager (Current Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsFlexible with work schedule; trust your work integrity; friendly, competent colleagues, good benefit package.
    They expect you to get your work done, but don't micro-manage if you work at home, office, at night, etc. With children, it is very important to have the flexibility to see class plays, go to doctor appts, etc.
    Colleagues are good at their work and there is a good collaborative environment.

    ConsPay is a bit under market and no/small pay increases; no hard push for growth or huge change (could also be considered a Pro)

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith new owner/management, look to reward the performers and maintain the incredible collaborative spirit to grow business and maximize the growth and profit potential of the company.

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    Great experience working on a dynamic team in a company that may need a little kick start.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Provo, UT

    ProsWorked on a very dynamic team with intelligent and progressive thinking managers and employees. Team members were all very willing to work together to accomplish goals, were open to new ways of doing things. The team was always striving to improve and work toward aggressive goals.

    ConsCons include those typical working with a large company that has been around a while. Some of those include: red tape to get projects approved, dealing with old and dates processes and technologies, inability to think outside the box and try new things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to scrap old projects that are consuming resources and not meeting objectives. Invest in the resources to get the job done right. Trust your managers to make decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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