Novell Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
289 Reviews

3.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management (in 53 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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Business model is profit not growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Potential was great but left outside the realm of consideration

    Cons

    Sell Outs for personal gain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead not react

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Dead End

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Nice People & Nice Office

    Cons

    No communication between senior mang and staff
    No idea as to where the company is heading
    Senior mang 'out of touch' with staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Novell - Good or Bad?

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    1. Good Products.
    2. Good infrastructure.
    3. Free transport
    4. Unlimited sick leaves :)
    5. Good benefits for employees.

    Cons

    1. Bad Management
    2. No growth.
    3. No freedom of opinion.
    4. Not open to changes.
    5. In -secured employees.
    6. POLITICS
    7. Biasing based on language, region, personal liking etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GROW UP!
    GET TRAINED!
    USE YOUR BRAINS!
    PLEASE ACT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lacks competency and the winning attitude

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    Former Employee - Software Consultant  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    * Promotes patent culture
    * Some projects are innovative and challenging, but they are very few

    Cons

    * Most people I worked with lacked technical competency
    * Most people taking interviews are incompetent
    * Lack of challenges as most projects are in maintenance mode
    * Lots of regionalism
    * Unsophisticated work culture
    * Incompetent management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Need to look at the selection process more closely and only have right set of people in interview panel. Otherwise, a team will be formed which can be dispelled without incurring any loss.
    * More structured decision making would help in keeping employees out of surprises. Releases need to be planned appropriately by taking all factors in account.
    * Change the lower management. Old timers in lower management need to be assessed for having right set of skills of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Future of company is doubtful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Relations
    Current Employee - Customer Relations

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Novell has a friendly atmosphere, some of the best benefits around, and has a good product line. The onsite cafeteria and fitness center are great and allow employees to feel more at ease. They offer a lot of time off to plan vacations through out the year.

    Cons

    Novell is all but sold. They got complacent years ago allowing Microsoft to become the industry standard in server technology. Many of Novell's loyal customers have jumped ship when Novell stopped following up. Sales lacks the desire to expand the company, they are too afraid of making customers upset. Although the product line is great for most businesses, there are too many variation of the products. They needed to focus on one area of the IT industry and not cater to all the needs that a customer has.

    Managers are tightening their grip on everything causing stess to go up and moral to go way down. There are reports of a buy out by other companies so it wouldn't be a good career move to work for this company as the buyers most likely would take the assets and lay everyone off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When Novell is sold off, make sure that those of us that are still working here are able to find work with other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience at Novell

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    They do pay people who are higher up in the company more money, but unfortunately I was there as an intern.,

    Cons

    They don't pay their interns very well. They don't really care about their employees. There is a feeling that you could be laid off any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more care of your employees. They are the most important asset to your company. A place where constant fear exists is never a fun place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company - Lousy leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Specialist  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    surrounded by great people with great talents

    Cons

    How is it possible for a CEO to have spent over $5 billion dollars on MA - and have achieved no gain? How is it that a CEO has, quarter over quarter, yr over yr, lost margin and revenue and NOT been replaced - Fired?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Ron.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The real Elephant in the room

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    A few good people
    they pay too much (above industry average)

    Cons

    terrible value brand, dying company
    Novell has name recognition - as "dead"
    unfocused, scattered, cluttered strategy - lacking execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit trying to run the company like a huge tech giant (like IBM) - start running it as a small company. too much process, too much overlap, cost of sales way too high. Sell or consolidate sales teams and product groups. 4 such diverse tech areas CANNOT succeed at $800M.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    What use to be is no longer ,,,

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Exed  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    There are still good people at Novell. A lot of flexibility doing your job.

    Cons

    Management does not reinvest in R&D. It takes years versus months for new product features.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about the customer (again).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Can be a career spoiler

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good products and technology
    People are technically inclined
    Good work like balance

    Cons

    No major focus on quality improvement.
    No career path improvements for quality managers.
    Technical ability for managers not appreciated.
    Very less recognition for managers
    Quality Managers are stagnated
    Freshers are being hired to work on testing - which is very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help the quality managers improve their career paths. Create a separate ladder for quality managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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