Novell Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
301 Reviews
3.4
301 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace) (in 60 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.  

    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A very good company but few bad managers destroying the brand name.

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I joined the company offered many benefits and extra facility, which eventually as day are passing are going for toss. Now no work from Home, previously it was there, there are few very good products to challenge the market.

    Cons

    Manager thinks he is the God.
    Send to some training which not at all in your domain or your skill set and but expects you should work on it.
    No definite way of salary hike, they do once in a year but in it may at the beginning or may be any time, so eventually you end up waiting upto one year six months for salary hike.
    No better career opportunity if you are not from a C++ or core system guy. They may ask you to leave when there requirement gets fulfilled, Beware.
    Work life balance is too hectic, sometimes 12 hour jobs is also not sufficient and you end up with your senior manager with some verbal argument when he questions your coding capability.
    Leadership quality is horrible, Manger thinks he is the GOD,
    No work from Home for certain managers.
    For taking leaves you have to beg for it, even if you work 10-12 hours in a day.
    Manager expects you should receive night calls and still apply for leave when required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn some management courses from some good institute and think about employees. Your employees are your great assets, they are not your slaves. If a guy resigning from a job 60% is the case because of the manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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