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Novell Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
306 Reviews
3.4
306 Reviews
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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.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Professional people- management is good

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing should be the focus -

    Recommends
  2.  

    Business Model Flawed, auditing customers to "catch them" will not grow business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Some very nice people work here.

    Cons

    This company is in decline. The name Novell shuts doors amazingly fast or has customers saying that they thought Novell was dead. No innovation. "Innovative" products are years behind the competition. Customers are ripping out Novell as fast as they can to move to Microsoft. The Novell strategy is to make it difficult for customers to move to something else. And if they do, to make it painful and costly, uncovering as many audit findings as possible. Make no mistake, the audit group drives this company (ala Attachmate), not sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth through audit won't happen. You're pushing away customers. Get in new blood and new products now, or wither and die.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Constant decline of market share, revenues, benefits and job satisfaction

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

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

    Pros

    People - I stayed so long because of the people.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but all a result of the decline in market share and the acquisition by Attachmate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
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    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.

  7.  

    What use to be is no longer ,,,

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    There are still good people at Novell. A lot of flexibility doing your job.

    Cons

    Management does not reinvest in R&D. It takes years versus months for new product features.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about the customer (again).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not what it used to be

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    • 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
  9.  

    It used to be one of the great places to work in Utah; that is until the acquisition happened.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    The salary is competitive. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is GREAT question of whether or not the company will survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just tell the truth of what the direction is for the company; will it eventually dissolve? Open up about the plans to re-locate outside of Utah.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Legacy company that provides a good salary in a great city.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to live. Nice building. Chance to right a sinking ship.

    Cons

    Hard to get people to change in a legacy company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more innovation from bottom up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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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