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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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)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.  

    Humble Beginning

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Great Ownership , even the newbies get to work on hot things .
    Relaxed work atmosphere .
    Immense opportunity to learn .

    Cons

    Compensation is low as compared to counterparts .
    Bonus is not guaranteed .
    No Team lunches , team outings
    The overall atmosphere is really boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People spend eight -ten hours of their day in the office , try and take some initiative to make their day to day life interesting .

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It used to be one of the great places to work in Utah; that is until the acquisition happened.

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

    Pros

    The salary is competitive. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is GREAT question of whether or not the company will survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just tell the truth of what the direction is for the company; will it eventually dissolve? Open up about the plans to re-locate outside of Utah.

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

    Declining - fast!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Premium Support Engineer  in  Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Premium Support Engineer in Provo, UT

    Pros

    The current pros: decent pension contributions from the company is all I can think about.

    Cons

    I worked at Novell (now TAG) for over 10 years. I started when Novell was a great company to work at. You felt like you were valued, training, salary, and benefits were all very generous. If you ever needed anything that was within reason you would get it approved relatively fast. This is definitely not the case now!

    Cons:

    1.) Lack of salary increase. I haven't had an increase for the past 6 years. The usual excuse is that there's a recession and the company has reviewed salaries and the salaries are still competitive. The salaries are NOT competitive. I have ex colleague's that have left and are being paid a higher salary that is inline with inflation.

    2.) Lack of direction from management. I'm not impressed with the TAG style of management, they are out of touch with the employees and technology and are only worried about profit. Many talented and highly experienced employees were laid off.

    3.) Lack of training and development. Training is no longer seen as a necessity, cost cutting has taken a priority over everything so you are left with demotivated staff that just go through the motions.

    4.) Lack of incentive related bonus. In the past, bonuses were related to performance, if you went the extra mile you got a bonus that reflected that. This is no longer the case, there's no real incentive for employees to go the extra mile if there's nothing in it for them, except Sales are renewals, they are the one's that drive the current bonus scheme. See point 1 above.

    5.) All round negativity. The whole company is currently filled with so much negativity that no one cares anymore. Management fail to see that the company will not be successful when the majority of employees are unhappy. The negativity spills out to the customers, they can sense it and then lose faith in the whole company and will rather take their money elsewhere.

    6.) Stale products. Novell used to have great products in the past, Novell had some really innovative and cutting edge technology but this is no longer the case. Most of the current software is just the same old crud with a different interface.

    7.) Management out of touch with employees. I can't remember the last time my manager actually asked me if I was happy in my role, if I needed any training, or if I was happy in my role or was interested in a different role. Management just don't seem to care and are just as demotivated as the rest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with employees, get back to basics and don't neglect employees. They're not happy and the company won't be successful if employees are unhappy.
    You pay people peanuts, you get monkeys. Before I left I made sure that I worked the EXACT hours required, never giving an inch since there was nothing in it for me, many colleagues' feel the same way, you need to try and eliminate the company wide negativity.
    Provide employees with security, give them an increase!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bleak Future unless the ship and be turned around

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Good Benefits - WFH offered

    Cons

    Technical staff over worked - do not backfill their positions - attrition is too high - no pay raises - they're customer SLA's do not work cause of a lack of staff - they do not meet their promises in job security

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Work experience

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

    Pros

    Not much work pressure to employees.

    Cons

    No proper project plans. Worst project managers who doesn't even know the 10 % technical knowledge. No skip level meetings so managers are careless in work. Upper level management is not proper in taking the feedback from engineers.Managers are taking so much wrong decisions . They dont even know how managers are fooling the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strong advice to upper management if they want their company to exists , they have to take feedback from engineers about their managers work, and keep an eye how the managers are taking decision in projects other wise these company will go in loss of poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A dying company lacking vision and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work life balance and benefits. Everyone understands the importance of getting in early and leaving on time. The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    No innovation, a defeatist culture and limited communication from leadership. Although the people are great, they do not have the resources or support to reach potential. This perpetuates the "us against them" attitude toward leadership in that no one truly knows what is coming in the next quarter as far as compensation, bonus, investment, or layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    whatever the vision and direction may be, communicate it honestly with all. Do not communicate thing at company-wide meetings and then fail to make decisions that back that communication behind closed doors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented people but stupid incompetent managers misusing their power

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Talented people to work with, learning exposure, no team leads so it's the team's and individual's responsibility to contribute.

    Cons

    Stupid managers who depend more on other's feedback as they understand very less being technically incompetent, so you have to maintain a good relation with your senior team members as your appraisal is dependent on what feedback they provide to your managers. Managers have biased opinions and not enough good decision making capabilities, and the senior management is handicapped. No rules for managers, they will take "n" number of countless leaves and no one to track. Some development team managers are from testing background taking care for 3-4 teams so they don't understand what is really going on in the team, and rely on feedback of 1-2 guys who have gained manager's confidence buttering him for a long time, so if you don't have good rapport with these guys you are finished, so this in turn leads to team politics as these guys take advantage of the fact that the managers are into their confidence. Rules are only meant for employees not for managers who are there for more than 15-17 years in same company. The company states flexi-timings but the managers tell you to be there before 10 am although they can come at their own luxury, take "n" number of leaves and do what the hell they want. Vertical growth is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rules should be equal for all, whether it is managers or employees. Please take care for lazy incompetent managers who are misusing their power, else it's not far from disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for until acquired by Attachmate

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Provo, UT

    Pros

    Company used to have a great vibe, awesome management, competitive salary and bonuses.

    Cons

    After Attachmate acquisition, much of the management and employee knowledge went out the door with the lay offs that occurred. Left existing employees carrying huge work loads, benefits got worse, little to no raises. Morale became bad and management either didn't care or was unable to take any action to change anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Such a negative place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Services
    Former Employee - Technical Services

    Pros

    work/life balance. In other words, lots of people pretending to be far busier than they really are.

    Cons

    the constant, unrelenting stream of negativity from all around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late. Products used to be great but now they're poorly developed and bloated to meet analysts/Gartner requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No new projects at Novell

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

    Pros

    Good company, higher management is good.

    Cons

    No future if looking for technical stuffs.
    Very bad managers without technical skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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