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Updated April 4, 2017
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  • Inadequate focus on building new products (in 8 reviews)

  • upper management seems to be lost (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, in their hayday"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    "Lead Patroll"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Lead in West Jordan, UT
    Former Employee - Payroll Lead in West Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novell (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, beautiful building. Culture and management was very good. Enjoyed working here

    Cons

    HR and Payroll did not work well with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to every level of employer.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company on the decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Inside Sales Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company treated employees well

    Cons

    There are no cons I could report.


  8. "Good company but lacks vision for success"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People, bonuses, perks for employees

    Cons

    Need more structure for employees

    Advice to Management

    Strive for continuous improvement in all activities and measure.


  9. "I like it here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Provo, UT
    Current Intern - Intern in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is genuinely interested in your success. Office culture is great.

    Cons

    Unsure future. No real structured on boarding training.

    Advice to Management

    Get some real training in place.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome balance between life and work. I never felt like I was going to get fired when a family emergency came up and I had to work from home or remotely to tend to it.

    Cons

    Lay-offs. Even after attachmate came into play there are still lay offs. This is the major reason I see people leave of their own free-will. In addition decisions made higher up give the company a poor outlook for the future.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on providing and brighter outlook for the future. Stop doing lay-offs or "corporate restructurings" whatever you want to call them they destroy morale of your employees.


  11. "Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Professional people- management is good

    Cons

    Marketing could have been better. The products are really nice.

    Advice to Management

    Marketing should be the focus -


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