Novell Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Had a good experience there but wouldn't go back

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I worked 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

    I haven't worked at Novell for a long time, but when I was there, I received lots of opportunities. I was regularly promoted and the environment was dynamic. I loved the people around me and the work I did.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Novell had a habit of laying off people several times a year to increase their profit margins. I felt on edge during the entire 5 years I was there. Finally, I was laid off with 600 other people. Many of the people that survived were laid off or have moved elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    I'll never understand why you laid off some of the best employees you had. The VP I worked under saved you millions of dollars each year because of new initiatives. Someone let politics rather than good sense rule. You later laid off the people who made that bad political decision. I think you should judge people on what they have done for the company instead of who is threatened by someone's success. I still love Novell! but would be afraid to go back there.


  2. Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good place to learn technology
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Solutions underperform in the market
    Marketing weaker than other software companies

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to share; market did all the work.


  3. Once was a great place...

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

    I worked at Novell

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

    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 Management

    Best of luck.


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  5. Oneof the best places I worked

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My boss, my teammates and extended team.

    Cons

    Sr. Management needs to be more in touch

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and the customers will come.


  6. Great Benefits, declining culture

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

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off, great health care, Finance team is pretty awesome

    Cons

    Significantly less employee count since Attachmate

    Advice to Management

    start hiring again


  7. Not point to working here.

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

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

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

    Pros

    there really aren't any since the company is dying a slow death

    Cons

    no future, no raises, outdated technology...

    Advice to Management

    the company was so top heavy and bureaucratic, there was no way they could have survived.


  8. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  9. Good values but lacks on future perspectives

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good managers
    good balance work/life
    good working environment

    Cons

    upper management seems to be lost
    no raises for a long time


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Get back in touch with your employees. Find ways to express genuine appreciation. Allocate funds for merit bonuses and pay raises.


  11. Used to be a fan, not so much anymore

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

    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 Management

    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.



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