Novell Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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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. 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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    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.


  3. 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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  5. Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer, Senior in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer, Senior in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.


  6. International Editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    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.


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    Senior Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  8. 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
    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.


  9. Dying Company

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

    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 Management

    Have a vision for what company could be.


  10. Business Model Flawed, auditing customers to "catch them" will not grow business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Growth through audit won't happen. You're pushing away customers. Get in new blood and new products now, or wither and die.


  11. Constant decline of market share, revenues, benefits and job satisfaction

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People - I stayed so long because of the people.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but all a result of the decline in market share and the acquisition by Attachmate.



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