Novell Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. International Editor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits and fellow-employees. Strong products but poor marketing. When I was there, they had purchased our company, so things were a bit chaotic.

    Cons

    Poor work strategies, low morale, and poor management strategies. That was 15 years ago, so hopefully things have changed since then.


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    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Onsite fitness center
    Extreme flexibility
    Lots of time off
    Work amenities

    Cons

    Tired, old company.
    Been bought and sold several times. Has gone from industry leader to people being surprised that it is still alive.
    Lack of innovation and managerial talent


  3. Novell is a dead company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome experienced coworkers. Still have some nice amenities including the cafe and health center.

    Cons

    Bought out by Micro Focus International who has no plans to have Novell products compete in the industry. They are milking whatever revenue they can until it's gone.

    Advice to Management

    There are still some viable technologies and innovation within the company if only management would invest appropriately.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Constant decline of market share, revenues, benefits and job satisfaction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT

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

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

    Pros

    People - I stayed so long because of the people.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but all a result of the decline in market share and the acquisition by Attachmate.


  7. Growth Oriented people stay away (Novell India Development Center)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace)

    Cons

    - Poor compensation
    - No Growth in the company. Financials of the company are in downtrend for long time
    - No new products. Living with legacy products (maintenance license revenues) which can't continue forever

    Advice to Management

    - Think welfare of employees. Management has moved to take care of Shareholders/Private investors than employees. Customers stands in-between.
    - Needs to understand the geographical needs/customization in policies, benefits, etc. Management works in one size fits all mindset.


  8. What use to be is no longer ,,,

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are still good people at Novell. A lot of flexibility doing your job.

    Cons

    Management does not reinvest in R&D. It takes years versus months for new product features.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about the customer (again).


  9. Can be a career spoiler

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good products and technology
    People are technically inclined
    Good work like balance

    Cons

    No major focus on quality improvement.
    No career path improvements for quality managers.
    Technical ability for managers not appreciated.
    Very less recognition for managers
    Quality Managers are stagnated
    Freshers are being hired to work on testing - which is very bad

    Advice to Management

    Please help the quality managers improve their career paths. Create a separate ladder for quality managers.


  10. Humble Beginning

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. 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

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

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

    Pros

    The salary is competitive. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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.



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