Novell Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Avoid them

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    There are some long term and enthusiastic customers

    Cons

    Novell is a has been company. No clear strategy or vision. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Leave

  2. Helpful (1)

    Long hours. Terrible boss. Felt like being in elementary school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefit was decent. Good 401 k plan

    Cons

    Expect to work from 9:00 to 9:00 everyday

    Advice to Management

    Fire incompetent managers. Need a better review system. Clean up middle management to keep good developers

  3. Helpful (1)

    Terrible culture and lack of organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    There were really no pros

    Cons

    Dying company with lack of cohesive vision and leadership. Continually look for ways to cheat sales people out of commission.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a strategy and do not jerk the people around. Pay sales people what they are worth so that you do not have the massive amounts of turnover that have been prevalent in the 2000's. Invest in a lead/demand generation staff and platform to drive inbound traffic for products and services

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  5. Helpful (1)

    No future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice campus
    Nice cafeteria
    Nice exercise room
    lots of time off, didn't need to beg for permission
    good location next to free way
    excellent benefits

    Cons

    Company was bought out by Attachmate, Attachmate laid off hundreds of employees
    company can't compete and therefore is not growing
    moral is way down
    Dead end job no way to move up
    No raises in 4 years
    If managers don't like you, even if you do a good job, they will lower your bonus at the end of the year.
    very political. some people got promotions playing to manager's egos while undermining their coworkers performance.
    When things got tough, managers would only look out for themselves and threw the people on their team under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Attachmate should get rid the rest of the managers and then sell off the rest of Novell. The company isn't worth keeping around since Novell can't compete.

  6. Business model is profit not growth

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

    I have been working at Novell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential was great but left outside the realm of consideration

    Cons

    Sell Outs for personal gain

    Advice to Management

    Lead not react

  7. Dead End

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Novell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Novell - Good or Bad?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Novell

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

    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 Management

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

  9. Lacks competency and the winning attitude

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Novell

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

    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 Management

    * 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.

  10. Future of company is doubtful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Relations
    Current Employee - Customer Relations

    I have been working at Novell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. My experience at Novell

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

    I worked at Novell

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

    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 Management

    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.

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