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SUSE Overview

Nuremberg (Germany)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. With over 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem ... Read more

Mission: To provide and support enterprise-grade Linux and open source solutions with exceptional service, value and flexibility.

Company Updates


    Melissa Di Donato Appointed CEO of SUSE - SUSE Communities

    Accomplished technology executive and former SAP leader, Melissa Di Donato, has been named chief executive officer of SUSE® in a move that will herald the next phase of growth and momentum for the world's largest independent open source software company.

  • iTWire - SUSE acquisition by EQT complete, company repositions for growth

    Open source firm SUSE has completed the process of acquisition by its fourth owner - Swedish growth investor EQT - and says it would now be the largest independent open source company, a status that Red Hat once enjoyed until it was bought by IBM.

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SUSE – Why Work For Us?

SUSE Careers

Five Really Good Reasons to Work at SUSE

1. Open Source is in our Genes

At SUSE, open source is more than just a development model. It's a way of life. We started as an open source company over 20 years ago, and we're still committed to that. For us, being active contributors in upstream communities is essential—not just because it's our heritage, but also because we believe it's the only way open source technologies will continue to thrive.

Linux thrives because we all collaborate upstream, no matter the color of the company we work for. SUSE developers participate in upstream communities across a wide range of open source projects. In joining us, you will work alongside recognized experts who are not only fun to hang out with, but also happy to share their knowledge with you.

And it doesn't stop there. Being open is also part of our culture. We are expected to be transparent, share information and participate in critical business decisions—regardless of rank or function, from development, to marketing, to sales and support. We believe in empowering employees to make the right decisions, every day, by giving them the information they need.

2. We ARE Enterprise Linux

SUSE invented Enterprise Linux over 20 years ago. We believe in listening to our customers, understanding what they need, and being flexible in order to help them succeed. In joining SUSE, you will experience first-hand what it means to deliver mission-critical, enterprise-class products. You'll also experience what it's like to be trusted by a wide variety of customers worldwide—companies in finance and banking, manufacturing, retail, automotive, defense and aerospace, public service and countless other industries.

There are fundamental changes underway in how enterprises are handling their IT needs. We are in the middle of these exciting changes, and by drawing on our expertise in commercializing open source operating systems, virtualization, systems management and cloud computing solutions, we can support our customers in establishing new service models and new IT processes – quickly, easily and affordably.

3. Results Matter

Working at SUSE is fun. We also know how to work hard. Our customers tell us they love our service and support. And they appreciate the high quality of our products. We strive to uphold our high standards, setting ourselves ambitious (but achievable) goals and meeting them: product delivery dates, customer satisfaction objectives, or financial results.

And of course, we know how to celebrate when we do meet them.

4. We Invest in Being Innovative

We don't believe in standing still. The IT industry is constantly evolving, and so must we. In order to continually deliver value to our customers, we help each other stay current on the latest market trends and technology innovations. While we encourage each other to share information and work together to find innovative approaches to problems, we recognize that informal approaches may not be enough.

At SUSE, we proactively create the space that we need to take a fresh look at things, to work on innovative approaches, and to exchange new ideas. For example, our entire R&D organization participates in two "hackweeks" each year—dedicated times to explore and experiment on topics that are both interesting and important. Similarly, our SUSE Labs group organizes an annual conference, together with the openSUSE community, where they engage in discussions on emerging open-source technologies.

5. YOU Matter

At the end of the day, employees are what make up this company—our collective knowledge, our passion for open source and our dedication to success. And this is why at SUSE, we take great care to make sure that our work environment is right. Office locations and cities with the largest concentrations of employees include:

  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • Provo, Utah, USA
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bracknell, UK
  • Beijing, China
  • Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

We also have many employees who work from other locations around the world, including their own homes. We believe that work is an activity, not a place.

SUSE History

On September 2, 1992, four twenty-somethings from Nuremberg, Germany—Roland Dyroff, Thomas Fehr, Burchard Steinbild, and Hubert Mantel—formed the Gesellschaft für Software und System Entwicklung GmbH. Literally translated as "Company for Software and Systems Development," the company has always been known as SUSE.

They may not have realized it at the time, but these young men changed the face of Linux forever. When their first planned distribution lacked a good installation and configuration tool, YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) was developed. Popular for its easy use, attractive graphical interface and the capability to customize your systems quickly during and after the installation, YaST took the Linux enterprise community by storm. And this was just the beginning.

SUSE's technical expertise and customer focus always stood out from other Linux distributions. IBM took notice and increasingly cooperated with SUSE in development work for their high-end platforms. Built on top of the open source Linux kernel and distributed with system and application software from other open source projects, SUSE was one of the first to deliver the value of open source to the enterprise.

In 2004 Novell bought SUSE and expanded community contributions further by sponsoring the openSUSE project and openSUSE Build Service. They made major contributions to the Linux kernel as well as Xen, KVM,, GNOME and KDE. Currently operating as an independent business unit of The Attachmate Group, SUSE continues to innovate and serve the business needs of its partners and customers worldwide with the best Linux distribution on the market.

See marketing artifacts from SUSE throughout the years.

In 2012, SUSE announced its 20 year anniversary. Check out SUSE's major historical milestones.


Melissa Di Donato, Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer for SUSE, Melissa Di Donato is responsible for all aspects of the SUSE business and its worldwide growth.

Melissa Di Donato has a proven track record in sales, business operations and leadership focused on high growth and transformation. Prior to SUSE, Melissa was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at SAP where she was responsible for the worldwide revenue, profit and customer satisfaction of the company's digital core solutions. She also held senior executive positions at Salesforce and was recognized for her contributions to growing global organizations by winning the 2018 Digital Masters Award for Excellence in Commercial Management.

Melissa is highly regarded for her forward-thinking leadership style and is a passionate advocate for workplace diversity. This includes her role as Technology Group Chair of the 30% Club – an organization with the goal of achieving 30 percent female directors on S&P 100 boards by 2020. She also holds prominent positions in other organizations, including Notion Capital, and is a trustee for charity Founders4Schools.

Melissa is SUSE's first female CEO and completed her education at American University, Kogod School of Business, graduating with an MBA in International Business.

Enrica Angelone, Chief Financial Officer

Enrica Angelone serves as Chief Financial Officer for SUSE. In this role, she is responsible for worldwide finance, tax and treasury operations, customer operations, mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, global real estate, procurement and travel.

Enrica brings a wealth of experience in leading finance functions. She has been a CFO for more than 13 years, most recently at Octo Group S.P.A. She has managed a range of corporate activities, including mergers and acquisitions and company exits, as well as transformational change and operational leadership. She also brings experience in private equity backed businesses.

Enrica holds a Master's degree in Economics from LUISS University, in Rome Italy.

Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, President of Engineering, Product & Innovation

As President of Engineering, Product and Innovation, Thomas drives the rapid innovation and growth of SUSE's expanding portfolio from the enterprise Linux operating system to software-defined products such as the OpenStack cloud infrastructure, Ceph-based storage, software-defined networking as well as solutions for developers such as Kubernetes container management and Cloud Foundry platform as a service.

Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in various global leadership roles in engineering and product innovation, with expertise in open source platforms, development, and support of global information systems and technologies applied to various industries such as telecommunication, hospitality, and healthcare.

Thomas holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Geneva.

Paul Devlin, Chief Customer Officer

With a passion for people growth and a significant track record of growing software businesses, both on premise and in the cloud, Paul has over 25 years of leadership experience in Sales and Consulting. He has held various Executive leadership positions in the UK, Europe, Middle East and USA, having held senior roles with SAP, SAS, Teradata and MicroStrategy, before joining SUSE.

Paul graduated in 2016 with a Masters in Leading Sales Transformation at Middlesex University. As a result of his Masters study, Paul has gone on to create software that supports Sales and Pre-Sales coaching for leadership and has had several articles on Sales Transformation published. Paul is also a Fellow of the Association Of Professional Sales, he holds advanced Leadership certification from Cranfield University UK and Centre for Creative Leadership in Colorado USA.

A father of five and a keen football fan, Paul also enjoys continuing his research on sales performance and people development when not spending quality time with his family.

Michael Miller, President of Strategy, Alliances & Marketing

As President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing, Michael is instrumental in developing the SUSE business strategy. He carries responsibility for business development, strategic alliances and also leads the SUSE marketing functions.

Michael has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of global leadership roles, including senior management positions in engineering, product management, marketing, sales, business development, and alliances. Michael applies a practical and results-driven approach to building teams, creating alliances, and developing solutions for the enterprise market.

Michael holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore, a Master's degree in English from Western Washington University, and a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Marquette University.

Sander Huyts, Chief Operations Officer

Sander Huyts has more than 20 years of experience in Global IT Management. Kicking off his career in consultancy, he then moved into sales management across Europe. In 2012, he joined SUSE Software Solutions and led sales growth in EMEA. Following his success in EMEA, Sander took on responsibility for Worldwide Customer Renewal Sales. With his significant knowledge and expertise of the SUSE business, Sander was appointed as the first Chief Operations Officer of SUSE in late 2018. He now leads a new portfolio, designing and delivering the infrastructure of enterprise wide operations services to the SUSE business.

Sander holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit and an Engineering degree from the HTS elektrotechniek, both in Amsterdam.

Steve Gilliver, Chief HR Officer

Steve Gilliver currently oversees HR for SUSE. He has more than 20 years of HR experience in the IT, media, aerospace and construction business. Previous roles included vice president of HR and Head of Talent for Micro Focus, a UK IT Company. Steve has also been Group HR Director of one of the UK's leading media companies and Senior Director of HR for Dell. He has led international teams in large UK- and US-based companies across the spectrum of HR, providing consulting advice to executive-level leaders.

Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University.

April Moh, Chief Communications Officer

As Chief Communications Officer, April Moh leads SUSE's newly-created integrated communications team spanning public relations, analyst relations, internal and executive communications and marketing communications.

April is a passionate believer in the power of influence, and has spent over a decade of her career in the technology space shaping the world's perceptions of companies small and large.

Prior to SUSE, April was VP and Global Head of Communications for SAP – managing integrated communications for their ERP business. She has also managed communications for Microsoft and Concur. April began her career in the start-up world helping daring upstarts gain market share, launch their companies, secure funding and successfully get acquired.

Recognized for her ability to lead teams from vision to execution and impact via strong cross-company collaboration, April's core belief is that leading with intent drives bold business outcomes.







Opening Our Culture For Your Success 

Open Source is in our DNA. It shapes our unique culture where you are encouraged to be yourself and share your expertise.

We share a passion for technology and market-leading innovation. Our employees are ambitious and strive for excellence. Our people are confident and work within an empowered and flexible environment to achieve our strategic goals.

Our leaders believe in trust and collaboration. They define the path and direction, and are on hand to guide and inspire. They believe that everybody has a unique contribution and they foster a culture of learning.

Opening Our Company To The World

In a competitive market, we pride ourselves on building open and honest
long-term relationships with customers, partners and communities.

We contribute to, and collaborate with open source communities that include competitors, and we partner with thousands of organizations worldwide.

Since its founding over 25 years ago, SUSE has been an open source company, and for us open is about more than just the licensing of our code. Open describes the unique way we approach the market and this philosophy drives everything we do, both internally and externally.

We believe in collaboration and choice. We work with customers, partners and communities to drive new innovations that simplify IT transformation. We always focus on doing the right thing for our employees and
customers, and we operate our business as transparently as possible.

Our guiding philosophy is:We adapt. You succeed.

SUSE Reviews

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    "SUSE is an excellent engineering driven organization"

    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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


    The labs department values their engineers greatly.


    Remote work can sometimes be isolating.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing, consider giving raises more often.

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SUSE Photos

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SUSE Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at SUSE (Provo, UT) in October 2018.


    Great communication via email and telephone with the HR department and Hiring Manager throughout the interview process informing me of the entire steps and process. Timely follow up on secondary interviews with advanced organization via email of the next steps. I was never left wondering what was happening at any stage during the process.

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SUSE Awards & Accolades

  • PRODUCT OF THE YEAR, Network Computing Awards, 2016
  • DATA CENTRE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR, Network Computing Awards, 2016
  • Gold Computer, COMPUTER BILD, 2004
  • Gold and Silver Awards for Software Defined Infrastructure and Software Defined Storage, Readers’ Choice IT-Awards 2017, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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