Novell Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. It was good while it lasted...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of great employees. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not great prospects for the future. Annual layoffs not great for employee morale.


  2. 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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good salary - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Not growing that rapidly

    Advice to Management

    - Innovation should be the focus


  3. Great people

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

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, great benefits, nice building

    Cons

    Work life balance, no raises


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  5. Good place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment great people

    Cons

    Long hours and don't get over time for working

    Advice to Management

    Over time


  6. Excellent Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Waltham, MA

    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

    Benefit was decent. Good 401 k plan

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Good company with great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  9. good, structured and sometimes slow moving company, stable though

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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)


  10. A great 11+ years

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great benefits, good salary

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction and leadership over the years

    Advice to Management

    Get a solid vision and stick with it


  11. Fun and Flexible

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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