Novell
3.4 of 5 281 reviews
www.novell.com Provo, UT 1000 to 5000 Employees

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3.4 281 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Novell President & General Manager Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn

(43 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management"
    in 51 reviews
  • "Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management at times experience a disconnect from the work in the "trenches""
    in 8 reviews
  • "no future, no raises, outdated technology"
    in 6 reviews
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    Nice People but not much happening

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork Environment good
    Nice work life balance

    ConsLess than Avg saaries
    Not much innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont treat everyone with the same stick
    Award people who perform

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, somewhat relaxed environment.

    ConsWhen the company was bought, about 800 people were laid off. Unfortunately I was one of them.

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    Not what it used to be

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people who appreciate their customers.

    ConsNew senior management that seems to only understand value operations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It used to be one of the great places to work in Utah; that is until the acquisition happened.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsThe salary is competitive. Good work/life balance.

    ConsThere is GREAT question of whether or not the company will survive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust tell the truth of what the direction is for the company; will it eventually dissolve? Open up about the plans to re-locate outside of Utah.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    working for Novell is simply an exercise in frustration

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome of the people are really great, talented and dedicated. The new CEO Kathleen Owens is impressive and hopefully will make the changes that are desperately needed.

    ConsWhere to start? The main problem I see is that management don't offer a clear direction for staff to buy into and believe in.

    There is a lot of politics and little straight talking...processes are incredibly cumbersome and old fashioned and were designed with the mentality of a much larger company.

    Another big problem is the constant restructuring by Attachmate without the change management effort to back it up, meaning saved resource on paper, but a lot of opportunity cost as teams struggle to understand and function in the new structure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a long term vision the staff can get behind and back it up with some detail, so that each team/person can see how their role fits into the bigger picture.

    Before restructuring put a much more detailed and thought-out plan in place as to how the company should function after the change and make sure to communicate this quickly and clearly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Work environment

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsAll Novell products are Superb

    ConsShould use SUSE Linux, our own product instead of Windows

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Boring Company

    Senior Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsGreat products, decent salary and managers.

    ConsAlways layoffs every quarter, accounting/finance runs the company.
    Customers don't even know Novell Exists

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    Legacy company that provides a good salary in a great city.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to live. Nice building. Chance to right a sinking ship.

    ConsHard to get people to change in a legacy company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow more innovation from bottom up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsDecent projects and nice seniors, good benefits and gifts

    ConsLess pay, high hiring bar fr freshers

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Place

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsFlexibility
    Work Life Balance
    Good Culture
    Employee Friendly

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare all employees equally

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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