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Novell Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  • Fewer opportunities to move up as company no longer growing as they did in past years (in 6 reviews)

  • Career growth touching nadir - You will find 10 years experience people sitting and fixing bugs months after months (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good work culture

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity
    Use old technologies


  2. "Director, Technical Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, leadership, and benefits

    Cons

    Slow to adopt emerging markets

    Advice to Management

    More aggressive in emerging markets, stablelize financials to employees feel somewhat secure.

  3. "was a great company"

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    Former Employee - Partner Account Executive in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Partner Account Executive in Provo, UT

    I worked at Novell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    had good work environment and some really nice people

    Cons

    the company no longer exists


  4. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Director in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High growth. Lots of new cool technology.

    Cons

    High growth caused silos and complexity

    Advice to Management

    Manage better


  5. "Just ok"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    work required was simple and interesting.

    Cons

    contract only and no full-time positions open


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "FAE"

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    Former Employee - FAE in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - FAE in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    pay was ok. lots to learn, lots of good people

    Cons

    too much travel, T&E process

    Advice to Management

    respect employees

  8. 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


  9. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    lot of opportunity from a company in trouble... if you did well, you got more responsibility. Salary was low relative to industry.

    Cons

    when they sold the company to private equity, the place really went downhill as they cut all budget for innovation and growth. No more fun

    Advice to Management

    not much of Novell today ... all absorbed into Attachmate and now MicroFocus


  10. "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...


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