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"Good and Bad - future is cloudy"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Novell full-time

Pros

-Has a long history
-Attachmate Group has been a good thing for the company in making changes for the better, but it will take time
-Working on new product innovation (finally vs. OEMing someone else's product)
-Many fantastic and solid products that can compete with the best ones (need to get past - history & name concerns)

Cons

-Has a long history...many companies view technology as old, outdated, or not relevant.
-Corporate marketplace reluctant to re-consider great products simply due to name
-History of failing to execute - from new product innovation/delivery to marketing
-Not sure if Attachmate Group is 3 years too late in this turn around (I hope it turns around, but still has a ways to go)
-Benefits are worse under Attachmate, their plan is not as generous (medical/dental)
-Raises. It's rare to get a raise. (company has been shrinking, so promotions are few and far between)

Advice to Management

Put in place - NEW - marketing and engineering leaders from outside the whole company (never worked at the company type vs ex-employee returning). Need a fresh perspective and let them execute on a plan without too many restrictions.

Other Employee Reviews for Novell

  1. "It was good while it lasted..."

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    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great employees.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time (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 Management

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

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