Novell Reviews

Updated April 24, 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. Technical Support

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

    I have been working at Novell (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment. I love working with the people there.

    Cons

    The salary is no longer very competitive for the IT support market. Getting opportunity to progress within the company is difficult.

  2. Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, benefits, growth opportunities. Self-managed environment; very little micro-management.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs, declining market share.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the experience and perspectives of employees at all levels when making strategic and organizational decisions.

  3. Great place to work. Excellent environment and great people.

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good team environment within the support organization. I had a great experience and enjoyed my time there very much.

    Cons

    After becoming a second level support engineer, there isn't much room for continued career advancement and pay increases are minimal year after year, so try to negotiate for as much as you can initially.

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  5. QA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of history, good people, good benefits.

    Cons

    They are in a downward spiral. If you didn't get laid off this week, it will be next week. People that don't get laid off are looking for new opportunities. Moral is at an all time low.

  6. People are amazing. The future is not stable.

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome colleagues
    Culture is relaxed
    Amazing campus
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Always laying off people
    Changes management often
    Not a lot of stability

  7. International Editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits and fellow-employees. Strong products but poor marketing. When I was there, they had purchased our company, so things were a bit chaotic.

    Cons

    Poor work strategies, low morale, and poor management strategies. That was 15 years ago, so hopefully things have changed since then.

  8. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, smart peers

    Cons

    Products were not leaders in any of their core markets

    Advice to Management

    Focus on winning product lines.

  11. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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