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Updated January 7, 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. "Technical Support Manager"

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    Former Employee - Service Account Manager (SAM) in Saratoga Springs, UT
    Former Employee - Service Account Manager (SAM) in Saratoga Springs, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome team/management. Had many opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Novell is no longer around. They are now called MicroFocus.

    Advice to Management

    It was fun while it lasted. I don't now anything about the management teat at MicroFocus.


  2. "Novell"

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    Former Employee - Partner Account Executive/Account Manager/Channel Account Manager in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Partner Account Executive/Account Manager/Channel Account Manager in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Novell has compelling and Innovative technology. The idea and ability to access all of your applications under one log in is brilliant.

    The culture and mission is second to none!!

    Cons

    Went thru many changes an mergers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on innovating!!


  3. "Technical Support"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Novell (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment. I love working with the people there.

    Cons

    The salary is no longer very competitive for the IT support market. Getting opportunity to progress within the company is difficult.


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  5. "Great place to work. Excellent environment and great people."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good team environment within the support organization. I had a great experience and enjoyed my time there very much.

    Cons

    After becoming a second level support engineer, there isn't much room for continued career advancement and pay increases are minimal year after year, so try to negotiate for as much as you can initially.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment, fantastic benefits, family friendly, free gym, great food at the cafeteria, tons of paid time off. New leadership seems to be moving the company in a good direction.

    Cons

    Lower pay than average, just about no opportunity to move up. Everyone I talks to wonders if I'm fearful for my job because of the company's history. Novell isn't a new up and coming company in Utah.

    Advice to Management

    Quit training your competition's employees. Give your young talent a reason to stick around. This company needs new blood to invigorate innovation. Give employees opportunities to make their mark on the company. Give people a reason to make cool stuff again.


  7. "Good employer. Departments are very flat hiearchically, with room for e-ees to take on interesting projects."

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Attorney in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment allowing flexibility to move schedule to attend kids sports activities.
    Large enough have good community of co-workers. Small enough I can lead change.
    Great local recreation (skiing and hiking).

    Cons

    Pay is fine, but probably not above industry average.


  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy to work with. great with scheduling

    Cons

    long hrs, lots of overtime.

    Advice to Management

    be more time manageable with employees and get rid of those who take advantage. work the hrs you need to work not let them get off working less.


  9. "Extremely happy with my choice of employer!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work / life balance
    Trusted environment
    Excellent leadership
    Ethical leadership / decision-makers
    Stability
    Respected environment
    Those who leave, thinking the grass might be greener, want to come back
    High Tenure

    Cons

    It's a corporation, privately owned with a budget to follow in order to be profitable. Management does not always understand the reasons behind this (since we've been privately acquired) and it's hard to hear management be frustrated with a strict budget.

    Advice to Management

    Be patient with reasons why we need to be strict with new-hires and understand there must be a valid reason behind a strict budget.
    Positive note to Management: I admire the true leadership and dedication to wanting the BEST for every employee! The compassion and care is un-like anything I've seen and I admire the leadership our managers elude.


  10. "A great 11+ years"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great benefits, good salary

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction and leadership over the years

    Advice to Management

    Get a solid vision and stick with it


  11. "Fun and Flexible"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun working enviroment and lots of great and long lasting friendships. Quite flexible with the schedule and personal life.

    Cons

    Takes forever to get anything done with the data center and you don't feel appreciated as they do not make counter offers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of (insert 3 letter company acronym here) outsourcing disaster and get the employee's back on at Novell so we can get the business running like it should again.



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