Novell Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Novell President and General Manager Kathleen Owens
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Pros
  • Nice culture & work life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • Good benefits and work life balance (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management seems to be lost (in 8 reviews)

  • New products are in infant stage (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Inside Sales Administrator

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company treated employees well

    Cons

    There are no cons I could report.


  2. Senior account executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    For the most part, good quality of life. Home office in most cities.

    Cons

    Customers really do not want to engage with you. The perception of company's solutions is terrible. Most customers think the company has been out of business for years. Extremely difficult to make net new sales. Most customers are looking to get rid if their software.

    Advice to Management

    You need to stop kidding yourselves that Novell is relevant. Stop drinking the Koolaid.


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    Instructional Designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Family oriented business with great perks!

    Cons

    Layoffs.......layoffs........layoffs multiple times a year.

    Advice to Management

    The silo mentality is strong within the company.


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  5. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Great atmosphere and encouraging team

    Cons

    Company is not doing good financially and it might be taken over anytime again.


  6. Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. CEO done a good job of communicating however, has not trickled down to the other levels.

    Cons

    To many to list. London controls everything but has bitten off more than they can handle at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Acquisition and Integration are taking to long.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Be ready to find something else quickly

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    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can find good people to work with. Good benefits. It's a good place to hang out in between real jobs.

    Cons

    Inefficient, ineffective, non-rewarding culture. Salaries way under market value. Management is paralyzed and persistently indecisive. Projects are started, stopped, and started again, and usually never complete. No one quite knows where the power centers are any more, so everyone is afraid to make decision and do anything. You won't gain new skills or much marketable experience here.

    Advice to Management

    Irredeemable at this point.


  8. Helpful (1)

    DECLINING future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance! Great people!

    Cons

    Poor management with a hidden agenda. Very unstable conditions & lots of people "jumped ship"!

    Advice to Management

    Get it together & don't let this company with great product offerings fail!


  9. Skilled people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, good teamwork, good knowledge

    Cons

    Product set is too mature

    Advice to Management

    Require new life for old product.


  10. Good company but lacks vision for success

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People, bonuses, perks for employees

    Cons

    Need more structure for employees

    Advice to Management

    Strive for continuous improvement in all activities and measure.


  11. Going nowhere in a hurry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Change is good but not much good here- the benefits are ok and the travel is limited.

    Cons

    Lack of vision is keeping this company from expanding and there are many people who are happy to work 8 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    Grow it or toss it- if all you are going to do is milk the customer base than just say so



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