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Updated June 27, 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process.

    Cons

    Most of the businesses are in the legacy space, little happening on developing new products.


  2. "Had a good experience there but wouldn't go back"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I haven't worked at Novell for a long time, but when I was there, I received lots of opportunities. I was regularly promoted and the environment was dynamic. I loved the people around me and the work I did.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Novell had a habit of laying off people several times a year to increase their profit margins. I felt on edge during the entire 5 years I was there. Finally, I was laid off with 600 other people. Many of the people that survived were laid off or have moved elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    I'll never understand why you laid off some of the best employees you had. The VP I worked under saved you millions of dollars each year because of new initiatives. Someone let politics rather than good sense rule. You later laid off the people who made that bad political decision. I think you should judge people on what they have done for the company instead of who is threatened by someone's success. I still love Novell! but would be afraid to go back there.


  3. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good place to learn technology
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Solutions underperform in the market
    Marketing weaker than other software companies

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to share; market did all the work.


  4. "Oneof the best places I worked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pse in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pse in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My boss, my teammates and extended team.

    Cons

    Sr. Management needs to be more in touch

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and the customers will come.


  5. "Not point to working here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - License Management Analyst in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - License Management Analyst in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there really aren't any since the company is dying a slow death

    Cons

    no future, no raises, outdated technology...

    Advice to Management

    the company was so top heavy and bureaucratic, there was no way they could have survived.


  6. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management takes care of their employees. Flexible.
    Great working environment.
    Many opportunities to build knowledge and experience to further career.

    Cons

    Average salaries. Benefits aren't nearly as good as previous years.
    Fewer opportunities to move up as company no longer growing as they did in past years


  7. "Good values but lacks on future perspectives"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good managers
    good balance work/life
    good working environment

    Cons

    upper management seems to be lost
    no raises for a long time


  8. "Used to be a fan, not so much anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people (employees) here have always been great to work with. Balance between work life and personal life are also great.

    Cons

    Upper management in over their heads. When the attachmate group acquired Novell, we had a lot of hope that they would finally fix this company. Nearly two years and many empty promises, and obvious lack of knowledge of how to run a large company, most employees that I know are looking for a place to go. I have yet to see this company end of life a product, and as a result, they have more and more products, and less people to work on them. Employees are burned out for the workload they have, with no hope of a sensible product portfolio. Marketing has always been abysmal, with no signs of change in the future. :(

    Advice to Management

    Keep your commitments. Make the profit sharing plan you touted so much upon acquiring Novell a reality. This company is still very profitable though in decline, yet you mistakenly hold groups accountable for what they have no control over, and reward the people who *should* be accountable. As long as Bob gets his trip to "club" I guess it'll never change.

    Once budgets are approved. please honor them. It is ridiculous to have a budget approved for hiring or hardware etc. to have to get approval from Jeff Hawn to start going down the path of acquiring the already approved budget item. Once the person or hardware is selected, we then have to have to have Jeff yet again approve it a 3rd time! It seems most often lately that on the third approval of the already twice approved asset, the request is finally denied. I could go on. But I think I'll just, go.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Mixed - good company - but lack of growth opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great colleagues to work with
    - Nice on-site cafeteria
    - Great work-out facility
    - Excellent vacation / sick policy
    - Flexible - family oriented environment

    Cons

    - Lack of raises
    - Little to no opportunity for advancement
    - New management team struggling after acquisition
    - Benefits getting worse (401k match, health insurance options)
    - Aging workforce, lack of innovation - new blood needed
    - Competitive environment and declining sales for legacy products
    - Bonus system that rewards everyone equally regardless of contributions

    Advice to Management

    Allow for some differentiation / salary bumps to retain key people. Work on hiring younger engineers to bring in new ideas.


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