Novell Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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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. It was a great run

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Technology was outstanding. Great people and products. Benefits were excellent, and there were plenty of chances to advance. Extremely broad portfolio of products.

    Cons

    Successive changes to strategy, non-accretive acquisitions, inability to build solid revenue streams to replace NetWare, and management mis-steps led to the company's takeover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late - company as it existed no longer operates as a single, publicly traded entity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Senior Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Onsite fitness center
    Extreme flexibility
    Lots of time off
    Work amenities

    Cons

    Tired, old company.
    Been bought and sold several times. Has gone from industry leader to people being surprised that it is still alive.
    Lack of innovation and managerial talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Director of Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment, smart peers

    Cons

    Products were not leaders in any of their core markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on winning product lines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Novell is a dead company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Awesome experienced coworkers. Still have some nice amenities including the cafe and health center.

    Cons

    Bought out by Micro Focus International who has no plans to have Novell products compete in the industry. They are milking whatever revenue they can until it's gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are still some viable technologies and innovation within the company if only management would invest appropriately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. I like it here.

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    Current Intern - Intern in Provo, UT
    Current Intern - Intern in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is genuinely interested in your success. Office culture is great.

    Cons

    Unsure future. No real structured on boarding training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real training in place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Dying Company

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Contractor - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, low stress, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Parent company seems to be sucking money until Novell goes dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a vision for what company could be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome balance between life and work. I never felt like I was going to get fired when a family emergency came up and I had to work from home or remotely to tend to it.

    Cons

    Lay-offs. Even after attachmate came into play there are still lay offs. This is the major reason I see people leave of their own free-will. In addition decisions made higher up give the company a poor outlook for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on providing and brighter outlook for the future. Stop doing lay-offs or "corporate restructurings" whatever you want to call them they destroy morale of your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Very accommodating, but seemingly underpaid for experience.

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    Current Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule and easy to work with. Work-life balance is terrific, office culture is very inviting and fun - there to learn and get stuff done while having fun attitude. Talented co-workers and mentors to help.

    Cons

    It's not the best to work for a company that is slowly dying. In my opinion, there are some great ideas that just haven't been executed quite right to gain spotlight (like Novell Filr). Great opportunity for personal growth and enhancing IT skills. Compensation is below average in my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please offer raises to your employees to entice talent to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Struggling to breathe...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are some very good people in this company. However, very few of them are in a position to make a difference.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management. 10 years ago this company had a very strong moral compass, worked ethically and treated the employee as a valued asset. Now, the benefits are lousy, the policies are anti-employee and the ONLY focus is how to bilk a customer out of a dollar. Policies are re-written on the fly to make a sale. Workload is heavy as the company is stretched super thin at every position. There are customer-centric jobs here that are being done by one person, where at our competitors might be done by a team of 15-20 people. And every single year, the company loses more and more net business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, treat your people like they are your most important asset instead of interchangeable parts that can be replaced at will. Stop trying to screw your employees over with horrible policies and benefits that are simply dreadful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Business Model Flawed, auditing customers to "catch them" will not grow business.

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    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

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