Novell Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
294 Reviews
3.4
294 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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)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.  

    Mixed - good company - but lack of growth opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great Company to work for until acquired by Attachmate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  3.  

    Business Analyst

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

    I worked at Novell full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers, and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Tough market position, and questionable leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run it like a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good People to work with, well established company

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

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

    Pros

    Upper level management is down to earth.

    Cons

    New products are in infant stage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    View every position as revenue generating.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great products....bad marketing

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

    I worked at Novell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great technologies. Great managers and leaders.
    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Mobility and growth problematic. Business model bad - can't make money when you're product is free. And even with superior technology, if you can't market it.....toast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new marketing. new pricing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good and Bad - future is cloudy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    -Has a long history
    -Attachmate Group has been a good thing for the company in making changes for the better, but it will take time
    -Working on new product innovation (finally vs. OEMing someone else's product)
    -Many fantastic and solid products that can compete with the best ones (need to get past - history & name concerns)

    Cons

    -Has a long history...many companies view technology as old, outdated, or not relevant.
    -Corporate marketplace reluctant to re-consider great products simply due to name
    -History of failing to execute - from new product innovation/delivery to marketing
    -Not sure if Attachmate Group is 3 years too late in this turn around (I hope it turns around, but still has a ways to go)
    -Benefits are worse under Attachmate, their plan is not as generous (medical/dental)
    -Raises. It's rare to get a raise. (company has been shrinking, so promotions are few and far between)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in place - NEW - marketing and engineering leaders from outside the whole company (never worked at the company type vs ex-employee returning). Need a fresh perspective and let them execute on a plan without too many restrictions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Software Engineering
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Software Engineering

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good salary
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Not growing that rapidly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Innovation should be the focus

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was good while it lasted...

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    Former Employee - Finance  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Novell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of great employees.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not great prospects for the future.
    Annual layoffs not great for employee morale.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great people

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

    I have been working at Novell for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stable, great benefits, nice building

    Cons

    Work life balance, no raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    free food is a pluss

    Cons

    novell is a dying company

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