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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. "Wonderful Experience - Provides Exceptional Training and Preparation for Future Career"

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    Current Employee - Student Intern - Hourly in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Student Intern - Hourly in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Training and Exposure: The department that I work in has taken extreme measures to provide me with exposure to many of Novell's business issues. As a business/accounting major, I have found that working at Novell has provided me with a significant amount of relevant experience. Many of my post-graduate-employer interviews have had my experience at Novell as a main discussion point, and often earned me the offer. My managers provide plenty of training and mentoring, while still permitting a loose enough leash to let me venture independently.

    2. Public Company in Provo: In the Provo area, it is difficult to find an employer that is large enough to expose you to hot topics and big business issues. Novell provides exactly that. With almost a $1 billion in revenue, Novell has operations all over the world. That background provides valuable perspective.

    3. Fair Compensation: For the area, the pay is really great.

    4. Awesome Work Environment: The campus Novell is on is really beautiful and very clean. The buildings are well maintained and they offer many great benefits: Free gym membership, decent food/cafeteria, and many other on-site services.

    5. Flexibility: My managers have been extremely flexible with my work schedule. I usually just tell them when and they approve it. It is designed more around project needs than an hourly commitment. They also let me take off for 10 weeks to do an internship elsewhere! (with a Big Four Accounting Firm) So they are very flexible and want students to gain a lot of experience for their future careers.

    Cons

    1. Minimum 20 Hours per Week: I only put this here since I can't think of anything else. I work a lot more than that - although my schedule is very flexible. I'm not sure if this applies to other interns in other departments either.

    2. No benefits for interns (medical): Not to be expected, but something to be aware of. (We still get paid holidays though!)

    3. If you are a college student, Novell is in the southern most part of Provo. So you will need a car or bus pass. Hardly a "Con", but again - something to be aware of.

    Advice to Management

    The grounds are extremely nice. Almost too nice. I just hope that we aren't spending so much money on the campus that we are taking away growth/job opportunities.

    Focus less on cost cutting and more on revenue growth. Cost-cutting (which is extremely important) only goes so far. It is great to be profitable again, but I would love to see our revenue taking off. I loved the 100 in 100 campaign. Hopefully it is the first of many good ideas.


  2. "Great student job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a student at BYU, Novell has been EXTREMELY flexible with my work schedule. I make my own hours, and when I need time off as long as I let them know in advance I'm able to take off as much as I need. I've gained incredible work experience here as well, being able to work on great projects that often times the Board of Directors see.

    Cons

    I would be afraid to work here if I were planning on building a long term career starting at Novell. There's not a lot of room to grow.

    There's also been uncertainty around Novell's financial stability. Recent rumors of a possible by out (although denied by the CEO) are one example of the uncertainty the company faces. Novell's been around for a while, yes, but its continued long term viability remains to be seen.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long-term and not short term results. For example, the company recently finished a "100-in-100" campaign, with the goal being to invoice $100 million in revenue in 100 days. If management really wants to build long-term shareholder wealth, they'd focus on longer-term initiatives and not promote the bad habits that evolve from these short-term initiatives.

  3. "Solid place to work"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the atmosphere at Novell as much as anything else. There was always a lot of work to be done, but the expectation was not that anybody had to work 24/7. The people at Novell seemed to care about each other, as people.

    Cons

    The company's long-term health is somewhat in question. If the Linux strategy doesn't work, they'll have gutted long-term profitable products to meet expense targets and be left with a product that ultimately doesn't produce revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Trim away products that make no / little money. The company is spread too thin, and the near-constant layoffs are very much a morale drain. Invest in what makes money and require all divisions of the company to do that.


  4. "Project management work at Novell"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Excellent facilities, offices rather than cubicles
    Lots of vacation time
    Flexible for telecommuting
    Very strong technology portfolio, just week on execution.

    Cons

    Uncertain future, the strategy changes so often that the average employee doesn't keep up with it.
    Lots of off-shoring. This makes work schedules erratic, but good if you want work in China or India.

    Advice to Management

    ask yourselves the question, "When we've off-shored the majority of R&D to reduce costs, how do we innovate to create sustainable growth?"


  5. "No growth"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Architect in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Novell provides great benefits - health, dental, etc

    Cons

    The company has not grown and there is no growth in sight

    Advice to Management

    organic growth


  6. "A great place to work... until layoff time"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Actually, even with the constant fear of layoffs and outsourcing, it has been more than worth it. This has been a great place to work; a lot of fun. They value people in general and make sure you are taken care of. There is a great emphasis placed on career path and training. My mangers have been extremely fair in promotion and bonuses. They are understanding of family situations. Though in some departments there is a tendency to overwork, mine was much less problematic. I value their commitment to open source.

    Cons

    The constant fear of layoff and outsourcing is real. It finally hit me though I had managed to avoid it for years. Though we are being offered jobs at the outsourcer, it will be a definite reduction in benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Please stay committed to Linux and open source. There is a whole world that will open up as you do.


  7. "Novell has great products but needs to execute better"

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    Former Employee - Application Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Application Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very innovative products. Company is constantly on the cutting edge with its offerings.

    Cons

    Company lacks direction and seems layoffs/RIFs happen at least 2-3 times a year.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage the existing technology as it's vastly superior to what else is out there. Stop constantly "right-sizing" the company

  8. "Decent place to work -- not cutting edge technology nor really fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open source, fairly cutting edge, fairly innovative managment

    Cons

    It's a bit stodgy of a place

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  9. "Novell is good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Sales in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Software Sales in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people and desire for the company to succeed. Ability for teams to over achieve and hit compensation accelerators

    Cons

    Need better communication within departments and focus on market share.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on building market share and aggressiveness towards competition. Continue to focus on building career paths and communicate how to get there.


  10. "Nice place to work, BUT..."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Provo, UT
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Novell matches 100% of employee contributions (up to 5% I think) from the first day they are hired. The health plans are also good. The campus in Provo it great and the gym is very nice. Employees (even most interns) get their own offices that are very nice.

    There is some very interesting work being done. There are a lot of different kinds of work going on too, so there should be something for everyone.

    Cons

    The annual layoffs are very hard to swallow. The off-shoring is also unnerving and frustrating. I have been at Novell for a few years, and I don't think promotions are very common. Management stays where they are, "rockstars" are brought in the the Open Source community and acquisitions, and people get laid off--that's about all that I've seen. Novell has a PITIFUL and wide-spread reputation in the local community because of constant lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    It is tough to say what senior management should do. They are in a tough position with Novell's cash cows dying and trying to grow new business. I would like to see management do a better job of recruiting, keeping, and rewarding talent. I am also confused with recent Open Source cuts when that is supposedly the future.


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