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Novell Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
289 Reviews

3.4
289 Reviews
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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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)

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Employee 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

    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.  

    What use to be is no longer ,,,

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

    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
  3.  

    Interesting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company, somewhat relaxed environment.

    Cons

    When the company was bought, about 800 people were laid off. Unfortunately I was one of them.

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  5.  

    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

    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
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    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
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  8.  

    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

    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
  9.  

    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

    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
  10.  

    Great experience

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

    Pros

    It was a great place to work, it was flexible and had great benefits. Had a gym with showers on site plus a great cafeteria. Had plenty of vacation.

    Cons

    Was not much room to move up in the company. Lots of people had worked there a long time. There would often be an open spot that would get closed with no hire. Historically there had been many lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more opportunities for employees to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, Plan is to Get Return on Private Investment, NOT Growth

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

    Pros

    I loved the people in Provo and Seattle, they were great to work with. Benefits are great including the gym, cafeteria, outdoor facilities like basketball court and volleyball court. Great vacation benefits, decent healthcare, ok 401k

    Cons

    Only a few people know how to make a difference and they're held back by a financial model that worked at Attachmate to get return on investor purchase. If the company doesn't grow and they milk the investment, they get what they want. When that dries up, they'll buy another company. SUSE and NetIQ may be an exception but they are constrained by the same financial structure: strict hiring processes, very little R&D, and little focus on the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the GMs make decisions about hiring and firing. Consider investing more in existing products and businesses to try to turn things around rather than just milking the cow. A death spiral is no fun to be a part of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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