Novell Reviews

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

3.4
289 Reviews
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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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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    Generally speaking businesses look at the company as a dinosaur with outdated technology.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
  2.  

    Oneof the best places I worked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pse  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pse in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Novell full-time for 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Novell full-time for 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
  9.  

    Used to be a fan, not so much anymore

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    The people (employees) here have always been great to work with. Balance between work life and personal life are also great.

    Cons

    Upper management in over their heads. When the attachmate group acquired Novell, we had a lot of hope that they would finally fix this company. Nearly two years and many empty promises, and obvious lack of knowledge of how to run a large company, most employees that I know are looking for a place to go. I have yet to see this company end of life a product, and as a result, they have more and more products, and less people to work on them. Employees are burned out for the workload they have, with no hope of a sensible product portfolio. Marketing has always been abysmal, with no signs of change in the future. :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your commitments. Make the profit sharing plan you touted so much upon acquiring Novell a reality. This company is still very profitable though in decline, yet you mistakenly hold groups accountable for what they have no control over, and reward the people who *should* be accountable. As long as Bob gets his trip to "club" I guess it'll never change.

    Once budgets are approved. please honor them. It is ridiculous to have a budget approved for hiring or hardware etc. to have to get approval from Jeff Hawn to start going down the path of acquiring the already approved budget item. Once the person or hardware is selected, we then have to have to have Jeff yet again approve it a 3rd time! It seems most often lately that on the third approval of the already twice approved asset, the request is finally denied. I could go on. But I think I'll just, go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Extremely happy with my choice of employer!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work / life balance
    Trusted environment
    Excellent leadership
    Ethical leadership / decision-makers
    Stability
    Respected environment
    Those who leave, thinking the grass might be greener, want to come back
    High Tenure

    Cons

    It's a corporation, privately owned with a budget to follow in order to be profitable. Management does not always understand the reasons behind this (since we've been privately acquired) and it's hard to hear management be frustrated with a strict budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be patient with reasons why we need to be strict with new-hires and understand there must be a valid reason behind a strict budget.
    Positive note to Management: I admire the true leadership and dedication to wanting the BEST for every employee! The compassion and care is un-like anything I've seen and I admire the leadership our managers elude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed - good company - but lack of growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    - Great colleagues to work with
    - Nice on-site cafeteria
    - Great work-out facility
    - Excellent vacation / sick policy
    - Flexible - family oriented environment

    Cons

    - Lack of raises
    - Little to no opportunity for advancement
    - New management team struggling after acquisition
    - Benefits getting worse (401k match, health insurance options)
    - Aging workforce, lack of innovation - new blood needed
    - Competitive environment and declining sales for legacy products
    - Bonus system that rewards everyone equally regardless of contributions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for some differentiation / salary bumps to retain key people. Work on hiring younger engineers to bring in new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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