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Novell Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
316 Reviews
3.2
316 Reviews
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Kathleen Owens
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Working with Novell

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Novell full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy work with novell, I found a lot of technical support and it´s a good place to work, to learn about security, os, ldap and other things.

    Cons

    Novell don't have investments in publicity and sometimes is very complicated sell their solutions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company to Work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly supportive environment. Very good growth opportunities provided that you are talented and willing to put that talent to good use. Good benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Could do more about tightening the work deliverable and project management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please being a pioneer of Computing and Technology, please please don't let the Novell brand die.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment, fantastic benefits, family friendly, free gym, great food at the cafeteria, tons of paid time off. New leadership seems to be moving the company in a good direction.

    Cons

    Lower pay than average, just about no opportunity to move up. Everyone I talks to wonders if I'm fearful for my job because of the company's history. Novell isn't a new up and coming company in Utah.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit training your competition's employees. Give your young talent a reason to stick around. This company needs new blood to invigorate innovation. Give employees opportunities to make their mark on the company. Give people a reason to make cool stuff again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Great people who appreciate their customers.

    Cons

    New senior management that seems to only understand value operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Technical Support Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Contractor - Technical Support Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Novell as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    All Novell products are Superb

    Cons

    Should use SUSE Linux, our own product instead of Windows

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Associate in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Work Life Balance
    Good Culture
    Employee Friendly

    Cons

    Politics, Regional
    Money depends on good rapport
    Hike very less
    Bonus not guranteed
    Training
    Biasing towards new joinees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care all employees equally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good employer. Departments are very flat hiearchically, with room for e-ees to take on interesting projects.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Attorney in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Attorney in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment allowing flexibility to move schedule to attend kids sports activities.
    Large enough have good community of co-workers. Small enough I can lead change.
    Great local recreation (skiing and hiking).

    Cons

    Pay is fine, but probably not above industry average.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    easy to work with. great with scheduling

    Cons

    long hrs, lots of overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more time manageable with employees and get rid of those who take advantage. work the hrs you need to work not let them get off working less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    excellent company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    good work life balance
    great compensation
    adequate learning

    Cons

    Not challenging for people who have fire in belly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better to be more focused on long term system improvement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    “Wonderful work environment.”

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

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Highly experienced, competent, focused people, environment, benefits, time off, gym, soccer, ping pong, ultimate frisbee, flag football, family friendly work hours, and no micro management.

    Cons

    Vision, Direction, Leadership, Prioritization, Work Management, Communication, Execution, and Follow up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify where you're going, and what you're willing to give up to get there. Instead of laying off (redundant) people, consolidate your redundant work, and free your people up to expand, grow, and deepen relationships and products.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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