Novell Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Novell President and General Manager Kathleen Owens
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. Good company but lacks vision for success

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    People, bonuses, perks for employees

    Cons

    Need more structure for employees

    Advice to Management

    Strive for continuous improvement in all activities and measure.


  2. Instructional Designer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

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

    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.


  3. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people. Great atmosphere and encouraging team

    Cons

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


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  5. Finance

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

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

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

    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.


  6. Be ready to find something else quickly

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    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT

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

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

    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.


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    DECLINING future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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!


  8. Skilled people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Novell

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  9. Going nowhere in a hurry

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

    I worked at Novell full-time

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

    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


  10. Poor Management

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

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The facility where I worked had an in-house gym.

    Cons

    Poor judgment and bad decisions from the top caused "numbers" to go down so mass layoffs happened annually.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your poor judgment and bad decisions instead of doing mass layoffs. Fire the top guys.


  11. Technical Support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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