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Novell Provo Reviews

Updated September 21, 2016
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  1. "Great company, in their hayday"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stellar products and management and had a substantial lead in Identity Management solutions with new and exciting products in the pipeline.

    Cons

    Lost market focus and suffered through multiple acquisitions which ultimately neutered the company.

    Advice to Management

    Too late....


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Once a great place to be"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good environment, and a nice campus. Flexible work environment with a diverse group of people and it's easy to make a good impression. Some perks remain.

    Cons

    Declining business model, no investment in growth, poor leadership. There isn't a focus on competing, but rather reducing expenses and bringing in cash flow.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a product bet and invest aggressively--put your best people on it and use it as a rallying cry for the rest of the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novell (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional culture. Bright people who care about their clients and partners.

    Cons

    Not nimble enough; Moves at the speed of a big company when agility is required to be competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Don't neglect your installed base


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Novell"

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    Former Employee - EMEA Payroll Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - EMEA Payroll Manager in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novell (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent site manager, Great peer to peer culture and challenging work.

    Cons

    Acquired to sell, hence under resourced


  6. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Director in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Director in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, great people to work with, interesting work, great products.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs, not able to capitalize on marketing and positioning within the market.

    Advice to Management

    Get the go-to-market right.


  7. "Novell - Okay-ish"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novell (Less than a year)

    Pros

    More vacation time than other places start you out at I think, ability to work remotely

    Cons

    Being on call, understaffed, layoffs from time to time....

    Advice to Management

    Try to entice people to stay, regular raises...


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company on the decline"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Novell had a great work/life balance. The people were pleasant to work with as well. Developers have their own spacious offices in a nice high rise building overlooking the mountains or local municipal golf course. Benefits were good at one time, but really took a hit when the company was taken private.

    Cons

    This is an Enterprise Software company and as such the software they product isn't used by a large number of people. Their sales have been poor for many years and although there was once a lot of cash on hand, they have been taken private and then public again and it seems the cash has evaporated during that process. There is not much excitement about the products that are actively being worked on.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Like watching a close friend age and die - very slowly and painfully."

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learnt a lot , opportunity to do many things which would not have been possible at other , similar sized, companies. Work / life balance perfect, flexible attitude from management - so long as the work got done. Good benefits. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Since TAG takeover, and now Microfocus, the focus is very much on extraction of revenue from an eroding customer base. Over the years a lack of investment, combined with poor go to market strategy , excel driven management and poor senior management has resulted in increasing numbers of customers to move competitor solutions. Brand is already gone , replaced by Micro Focus, and expect the products to go the same way in the next 24 months.

    Avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Beyond hope.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people.
    Great atmosphere and encouraging team

    Cons

    Company is not doing good financially and it might be taken over anytime again.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Be ready to find something else quickly"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can find good people to work with. Good benefits. It's a good place to hang out in between real jobs.

    Cons

    Inefficient, ineffective, non-rewarding culture. Salaries way under market value. Management is paralyzed and persistently indecisive. Projects are started, stopped, and started again, and usually never complete. No one quite knows where the power centers are any more, so everyone is afraid to make decision and do anything. You won't gain new skills or much marketable experience here.

    Advice to Management

    Irredeemable at this point.



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