Novell Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
289 Reviews

3.4
289 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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)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.  

    Excellent Company

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Novell full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours. Terrible boss. Felt like being in elementary school

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Novell full-time for 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
  3.  

    Good company with great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell full-time for 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
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  5.  

    good, structured and sometimes slow moving company, stable though

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering  in  Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time for 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
  6.  

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

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

    I worked at Novell as an intern for less than a 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
  7.  

    A great 11+ years

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great benefits, good salary

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction and leadership over the years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a solid vision and stick with it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun and Flexible

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    Fun working enviroment and lots of great and long lasting friendships. Quite flexible with the schedule and personal life.

    Cons

    Takes forever to get anything done with the data center and you don't feel appreciated as they do not make counter offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of (insert 3 letter company acronym here) outsourcing disaster and get the employee's back on at Novell so we can get the business running like it should again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loving my time...

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In the time that I've been with Novell I've found that they offer flexible work hours, a unique and productive office building, consistently challenging work, and a plethora of great talent and associates.

    Cons

    There are some negative perceptions of the company specifically locally and some of our products are often viewed negatively within the press.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward your employees and the production will come

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A Change in Culture

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Since its acquisition by The Attachmate Group, Novell has begun to undergo some important changes in culture. On the positive end of things, there is a stronger focus on Sales and on the customer. Within the Novell Business Unit, the engineering team has new life! Important improvements in products are being released much more regularly.

    Cons

    But, unfortunately, the new company is also heavily silo'd now and strongly hierarchical. There is much less cooperation between BU's and between departments than there used to be. There is much more defending of turf. Managers and Directors who wish to collaborate for the good of the company generally have to do that under the radar. There is a strong hierarchy in place. It requires position power to communicate effectively between groups. To speak up a level is difficult. Information is held confidentially, often even from the people who need to be doing the work that requires that information. It is a strange dynamic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up communication and trust your people. You have a huge store of experience and talent of long-term employees that is being squandered. This is probably the biggest driver of attrition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible culture and lack of organization

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    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There were really no pros

    Cons

    Dying company with lack of cohesive vision and leadership. Continually look for ways to cheat sales people out of commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a strategy and do not jerk the people around. Pay sales people what they are worth so that you do not have the massive amounts of turnover that have been prevalent in the 2000's. Invest in a lead/demand generation staff and platform to drive inbound traffic for products and services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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