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Novell Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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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. "Good company but lacks vision for success"

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    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.


  2. 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.

  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.


  4. "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.


  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. "People are amazing. The future is not stable."

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Awesome colleagues
    Culture is relaxed
    Amazing campus
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Always laying off people
    Changes management often
    Not a lot of stability


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    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.


  10. "Very accommodating, but seemingly underpaid for experience."

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule and easy to work with. Work-life balance is terrific, office culture is very inviting and fun - there to learn and get stuff done while having fun attitude. Talented co-workers and mentors to help.

    Cons

    It's not the best to work for a company that is slowly dying. In my opinion, there are some great ideas that just haven't been executed quite right to gain spotlight (like Novell Filr). Great opportunity for personal growth and enhancing IT skills. Compensation is below average in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Please offer raises to your employees to entice talent to stay.


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