Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
306 Reviews
3.4
306 Reviews
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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.  

    Great work life balance, no real opportunity to advance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great onsite facilities. East Bay Cafe has great food, gym, basketball courts and soccer fields
    - Great work life balance. A lot of my managers would work from home if they needed/wanted to.
    - Able to get discounts at nearby restaurants.
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    Cons

    - No real opportunity for advancement. Was there for two years and there were no positions available to move into.
    - Since the company was taken private it was extremely difficult to hire new workers when they were needed. Approval had to go all the way up to the CEO even to hire an intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Had a good experience there but wouldn't go back

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I haven't worked at Novell for a long time, but when I was there, I received lots of opportunities. I was regularly promoted and the environment was dynamic. I loved the people around me and the work I did.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Novell had a habit of laying off people several times a year to increase their profit margins. I felt on edge during the entire 5 years I was there. Finally, I was laid off with 600 other people. Many of the people that survived were laid off or have moved elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll never understand why you laid off some of the best employees you had. The VP I worked under saved you millions of dollars each year because of new initiatives. Someone let politics rather than good sense rule. You later laid off the people who made that bad political decision. I think you should judge people on what they have done for the company instead of who is threatened by someone's success. I still love Novell! but would be afraid to go back there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good place to learn technology
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Solutions underperform in the market
    Marketing weaker than other software companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to share; market did all the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Once was a great place...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Many talented and passionate people
    Provo campus is nice with onsite gym and cafe

    Cons

    Salary is not up to par with other software companies.
    Medical Benefits were moved over to Attachmate's plan which aren't as good
    Post takeover by Attachmate Group, things change as they always do. Some good while others bad. Some of the managers new to the company aren't up to the task.
    The company had it's hay day and is desperately trying to reinvent itself. They cut back in so many areas that they are not putting the right level of resources into launching new competitive products.
    Generally speaking businesses look at the company as a dinosaur with outdated technology. While this isn't true, that's the perception. They may have good ideas, but fail to execute.
    I don't know what the existing customer defection rate is; whatever the number it is not good.
    It's risky to join the company at this point as the long term future is in question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Oneof the best places I worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pse in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pse in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My boss, my teammates and extended team.

    Cons

    Sr. Management needs to be more in touch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and the customers will come.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Benefits, declining culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Time off, great health care, Finance team is pretty awesome

    Cons

    Significantly less employee count since Attachmate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start hiring again

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not point to working here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - License Management Analyst in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - License Management Analyst in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    there really aren't any since the company is dying a slow death

    Cons

    no future, no raises, outdated technology...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company was so top heavy and bureaucratic, there was no way they could have survived.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management takes care of their employees. Flexible.
    Great working environment.
    Many opportunities to build knowledge and experience to further career.

    Cons

    Average salaries. Benefits aren't nearly as good as previous years.
    Fewer opportunities to move up as company no longer growing as they did in past years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good values but lacks on future perspectives

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    good managers
    good balance work/life
    good working environment

    Cons

    upper management seems to be lost
    no raises for a long time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great work-life balance, but new management (Attachmate) is out-of-touch with employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance.
    Beautiful campus, onsite gym, cafeteria, chiropractor, bank.
    Decent benefits, though steadily going downhill

    Cons

    Much of compensation plan is in the bonus structure, so if company doesn't qualify for bonus, then compensation is significantly lower.
    New management (Attachmate) is more concerned about cutting costs than having a good team and building good software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with your employees. Find ways to express genuine appreciation. Allocate funds for merit bonuses and pay raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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