Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
307 Reviews
3.3
307 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    free food is a pluss

    Cons

    novell is a dying company

  2.  

    Great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable, great benefits, nice building

    Cons

    Work life balance, no raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    It was good while it lasted...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Novell full-time (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
  6.  

    Good place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Good work environment great people

    Cons

    Long hours and don't get over time for working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over time

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Recently acquired in 2011 that allows Novell to be competitive in industry. Parent company Attachmate is commited to success

    Cons

    Rebuilding image; informing high tech industry that Novell is still a great company with opportunity and can be a player in the software space

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Long hours. Terrible boss. Felt like being in elementary school

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Benefit was decent. Good 401 k plan

    Cons

    Expect to work from 9:00 to 9:00 everyday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire incompetent managers. Need a better review system. Clean up middle management to keep good developers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company with great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    - Plenty of brilliant people who are experts in their field
    - Good balance of new development and maintenance
    - Wonderful flexibility, especially in the work/life balance

    Cons

    Previous management have given Novell a bit of a negative reputation concerning job security. However, I can honestly say that lately, I've been more positive about Novell's long-term future (and my future with them) than I have during my entire career. I imagine the next six months will be hard for most tech companies, but I am increasingly encouraged about the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work; thank you for re-investing in the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good, structured and sometimes slow moving company, stable though

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    mature company, good benefits, caring, solid product management, very business/profit oriented, very large customer base and returning business, fun

    Cons

    mature company, takes time to embrace new opportunities, probably slightly below industry average compensation (money isn't everything though, enough pros to make up for it)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great pay, great people, but a lot of chaos in what is going on in the company

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

    I worked at Novell as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is great
    Hours are flexible and work load isn't too bad

    Cons

    The history of the company has lead to a lot of messed up business processes that are out of date and the company doesn't have time or money to fix it, so they have to deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your company, your holding onto very old processes and technologies that are slowly killing your company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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