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  • Inadequate focus on building new products (in 8 reviews)

  • Fewer opportunities to move up as company no longer growing as they did in past years (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in La Center, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in La Center, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Nice location. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Poor management with no planning or pipeline of new products

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan! Whoa! No development pipeline...it's like a ride on the Titanic.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

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

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

    Pros

    The facility where I worked had an in-house gym.

    Cons

    Poor judgment and bad decisions from the top caused "numbers" to go down so mass layoffs happened annually.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your poor judgment and bad decisions instead of doing mass layoffs. Fire the top guys.


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  5. "International Editor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and fellow-employees. Strong products but poor marketing. When I was there, they had purchased our company, so things were a bit chaotic.

    Cons

    Poor work strategies, low morale, and poor management strategies. That was 15 years ago, so hopefully things have changed since then.


  6. "Great daily working environment - terrible yearly layoff practice"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great facilities (the best) Great people in middle management Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    layoffs and the toxic culture it creates on a yearly basis. You basically put your life on hold.

    Advice to Management

    stop laying people off - no one wants to work there anymore


  7. "Novell is a dead company"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome experienced coworkers. Still have some nice amenities including the cafe and health center.

    Cons

    Bought out by Micro Focus International who has no plans to have Novell products compete in the industry. They are milking whatever revenue they can until it's gone.

    Advice to Management

    There are still some viable technologies and innovation within the company if only management would invest appropriately.


  8. "Dying Company"

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

    I worked at Novell as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, low stress, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Parent company seems to be sucking money until Novell goes dry.

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision for what company could be.


  9. "Constant decline of market share, revenues, benefits and job satisfaction"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People - I stayed so long because of the people.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but all a result of the decline in market share and the acquisition by Attachmate.


  10. "What use to be is no longer ,,,"

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    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are still good people at Novell. A lot of flexibility doing your job.

    Cons

    Management does not reinvest in R&D. It takes years versus months for new product features.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about the customer (again).


  11. "It used to be one of the great places to work in Utah; that is until the acquisition happened."

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

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

    Pros

    The salary is competitive. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is GREAT question of whether or not the company will survive.

    Advice to Management

    Just tell the truth of what the direction is for the company; will it eventually dissolve? Open up about the plans to re-locate outside of Utah.


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