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  1.  

    Great colleagues,,good benefits but poor outlook

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    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

  2.  

    Nice place to work

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    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
  3.  

    A professional workplace

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    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
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  5.  

    great people

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    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

  6.  

    It's about the people

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    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with top notch people

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    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
  8.  

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

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beautiful Campus, Reasonable Pay, Good Opportunity, Difficult Culture

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

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Beautiful offices and campus, convenient on-site gym, bank and cafeteria, opportunity for solid business experience, great opportunity for exposure to international business, home to some of the hardest workers with whom I've had the pleasure to be associated

    Cons

    Lack of communication, executives are focused on personal goals rather than leadership and building a good culture, total lack of valuing of employees as an asset, due to international presence, MANY work hours expected of salaried employees including late nights and early mornings and all normal hours in between, in-fighting between executives at the various sites across the globe, an archaic sense that in the relatively smaller Provo, Utah market employees have no other viable employment options and Novell is the only "game in town" and consequently employees are not treated as they should be, there is a surprising number of under-qualified upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and verbally express thanks for their hard work, communicate more openly, foster unity among various departments, develop a productive culture

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No future

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    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
  11.  

    Great team to work with, interesting work and flexible environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Enablement Manager in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Enablement Manager in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Flexible with work schedule; trust your work integrity; friendly, competent colleagues, good benefit package.
    They expect you to get your work done, but don't micro-manage if you work at home, office, at night, etc. With children, it is very important to have the flexibility to see class plays, go to doctor appts, etc.
    Colleagues are good at their work and there is a good collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit under market and no/small pay increases; no hard push for growth or huge change (could also be considered a Pro)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With new owner/management, look to reward the performers and maintain the incredible collaborative spirit to grow business and maximize the growth and profit potential of the company.

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