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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. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Professional people- management is good

    Cons

    Marketing could have been better. The products are really nice.

    Advice to Management

    Marketing should be the focus -


  2. "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.

  3. "What use to be is no longer ,,,"

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    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Account Exed in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are still good people at Novell. A lot of flexibility doing your job.

    Cons

    Management does not reinvest in R&D. It takes years versus months for new product features.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about the customer (again).


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company, somewhat relaxed environment.

    Cons

    When the company was bought, about 800 people were laid off. Unfortunately I was one of them.


  5. "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who appreciate their customers.

    Cons

    New senior management that seems to only understand value operations.


  6. "It used to be one of the great places to work in Utah; that is until the acquisition happened."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is competitive. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is GREAT question of whether or not the company will survive.

    Advice to Management

    Just tell the truth of what the direction is for the company; will it eventually dissolve? Open up about the plans to re-locate outside of Utah.


  7. "Legacy company that provides a good salary in a great city."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to live. Nice building. Chance to right a sinking ship.

    Cons

    Hard to get people to change in a legacy company.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more innovation from bottom up.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Great experience"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a great place to work, it was flexible and had great benefits. Had a gym with showers on site plus a great cafeteria. Had plenty of vacation.

    Cons

    Was not much room to move up in the company. Lots of people had worked there a long time. There would often be an open spot that would get closed with no hire. Historically there had been many lay offs.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more opportunities for employees to grow.


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