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

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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  • "no future, no raises, outdated technology"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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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, somewhat relaxed environment.

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

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    Not what it used to be

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people who appreciate their customers.

    ConsNew senior management that seems to only understand value operations.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsThe salary is competitive. Good work/life balance.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust 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.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsHard to get people to change in a legacy company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more innovation from bottom up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good employer. Departments are very flat hiearchically, with room for e-ees to take on interesting projects.

    Attorney (Current Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsRelaxed 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).

    ConsPay is fine, but probably not above industry average.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Technical Support Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Provo, UT

    Proseasy to work with. great with scheduling

    Conslong hrs, lots of overtime.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe 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.

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

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    Great experience

    Technical Support Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsWas 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 Senior ManagementThere needs to be more opportunities for employees to grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI 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

    ConsOnly 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 Senior ManagementLet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work environment, nice office

    ConsManagement has no clue on reality

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind facts

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    People are great, management not as much

    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsGreat people, mid to lower management
    Good environment
    Balance

    ConsUnstable history and not getting much better
    Taken down by management, 2002-2011

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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