Novell Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
296 Reviews
3.4
296 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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible culture and lack of organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Pretty good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    Health Benifits
    Workload is manageable
    Environment

    Cons

    Pay could be better
    Some Field Reps try to take advantage of the Inside Reps.
    Having to argue with compensation team to get payed on an account you worked on.
    Having to use SAP(very time consuming)
    Some Field Reps don't make an effort to visit customers weekly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more clarification on duties between Inside and Outside Rep. Make sure Field Rep are aware that they are not managers over the inside team.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great colleagues,,good benefits but poor outlook

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Tech Specialist  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Tech Specialist in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Great colleagues,good benefits,decent salary,flexible work arrangements,great work life balance

    Cons

    Myopic upper level management towards strategic long term initiatives.Poor upper management communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication,transparency and value long serving employees

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  5.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Great people with a good attitude. Great benefits too.

    Cons

    Dated technology and a management team who didn't care

    Recommends
  6.  

    great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    great people although after novell was acquired it is a shell of its prior existence

    Cons

    company is in re-definition mode - new management - still tbd

  7.  

    A professional workplace

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

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Great environment at work and in the communiity

    Cons

    Lack of clear focus from management. During 2010 the company was plagued with uncertainty as it was going through a sale. (from public to private)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully new management will improve marketing and company focus and really pay attention to the customer.

    Recommends
  8.  

    It's about the people

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

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    I love working with the people at Novell, particularly members of my own team. The new leadership gets that focusing on existing customers can be a great business and can also bridge the gap from old products to new.

    Cons

    As with all companies, there's more to do than can be done and lots of inefficiencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it simple. Invest in the future.

    Recommends
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with top notch people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Novell Director  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Novell Director in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are competitive for the local IT industry. Novell has a great culture and facilities (on-site fitness center, cafeteria, credit union, etc.) in Provo and offers a flexible work environment. The best part of working at Novell are the awesome people you get to work with every day and the many challenges and opportunities to help solve.

    Cons

    Novell was recently acquired by the Attachmate Group and this has naturally caused a sense of uncertainty among the ranks. The leadership and business culture brought into the fold by heritage Attachmate and NetIQ is less polished even though their focus on the customer and driving revenue is sound. Many, including myself, wonder if they are poised to grow the business or merely desire to "milk the cash cow" (existing customer base and maintenance revenue stream).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a great employee, partner and customer base at Novell. In order to keep the business in balance, you need to give adequate time, attention and priority to each.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good starting job, but the department doesn't have a real career path.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - License Management Analyst  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - License Management Analyst in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    You get great benefits and there are some great people to work with.

    Cons

    It's like pulling teeth to get a promotion or advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and then you can know what they really want.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No future

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

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Nice campus
    Nice cafeteria
    Nice exercise room
    lots of time off, didn't need to beg for permission
    good location next to free way
    excellent benefits

    Cons

    Company was bought out by Attachmate, Attachmate laid off hundreds of employees
    company can't compete and therefore is not growing
    moral is way down
    Dead end job no way to move up
    No raises in 4 years
    If managers don't like you, even if you do a good job, they will lower your bonus at the end of the year.
    very political. some people got promotions playing to manager's egos while undermining their coworkers performance.
    When things got tough, managers would only look out for themselves and threw the people on their team under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attachmate should get rid the rest of the managers and then sell off the rest of Novell. The company isn't worth keeping around since Novell can't compete.

    Doesn't Recommend

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