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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. Helpful (3)

    "Be ready to find something else quickly"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can find good people to work with. Good benefits. It's a good place to hang out in between real jobs.

    Cons

    Inefficient, ineffective, non-rewarding culture. Salaries way under market value. Management is paralyzed and persistently indecisive. Projects are started, stopped, and started again, and usually never complete. No one quite knows where the power centers are any more, so everyone is afraid to make decision and do anything. You won't gain new skills or much marketable experience here.

    Advice to Management

    Irredeemable at this point.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "DECLINING future"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance! Great people!

    Cons

    Poor management with a hidden agenda. Very unstable conditions & lots of people "jumped ship"!

    Advice to Management

    Get it together & don't let this company with great product offerings fail!

  3. "Skilled people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, good teamwork, good knowledge

    Cons

    Product set is too mature

    Advice to Management

    Require new life for old product.


  4. "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.


  5. "Going nowhere in a hurry"

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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

    Change is good but not much good here- the benefits are ok and the travel is limited.

    Cons

    Lack of vision is keeping this company from expanding and there are many people who are happy to work 8 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    Grow it or toss it- if all you are going to do is milk the customer base than just say so


  6. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, benefits, growth opportunities. Self-managed environment; very little micro-management.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs, declining market share.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the experience and perspectives of employees at all levels when making strategic and organizational decisions.


  9. "Various Positions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I liked my co-workers for the most part. I met a lot of friends at Novell over the years.

    Cons

    Executives came and went, but nothing really changed. The company was on a downward trajectory for many years.

    Advice to Management

    To be fair, I'm not sure what management could or should have done differently. To a certain extent, Novell's fate was fixed many years ago.


  10. "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.


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