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Novell Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
312 Reviews
3.2
312 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace) (in 62 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management at times experience a disconnect from the work in the "trenches" (in 8 reviews)

  • Most of the businesses are in the legacy space, little happening on developing new products (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Such a negative place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Services
    Former Employee - Technical Services

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

    Pros

    work/life balance. In other words, lots of people pretending to be far busier than they really are.

    Cons

    the constant, unrelenting stream of negativity from all around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late. Products used to be great but now they're poorly developed and bloated to meet analysts/Gartner requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Avoid them

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    There are some long term and enthusiastic customers

    Cons

    Novell is a has been company. No clear strategy or vision. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

  3.  

    Good, if you don't need to feel safe in your post

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tss in Bracknell, England
    Current Employee - Tss in Bracknell, England

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    The salaries are pretty good. I've been looking to move elsewhere for a while, and I haven't found any comparable positions at other companies where the salary is anywhere near. I've worked with some of the smartest, most socially adept people I've come across, but sadly most of them have been made redundant in the last two years. Some people at Novell are allowed to work from home, coming into the office only when necessary. I think that's a good thing, as they've told me it allows a lot of flexibility in working hours. As long as the job gets done, it doesn't matter when it gets done.

    Cons

    Career advancement, and professional growth. Every year Senior Management trots out the employee engagement survey, and one of the things that normally comes out of it is that these topics are something employees are not very happy with. They promise to do something about it, and then the next year nothing's happened. I've never been asked by any of my managers where I want my career going, or what training I think I need to grow profesionally. This isn't just me being lazy and complaining - Senior management always say that these conversations will be initiated by "your manager" over the course of the year.

    Plus, it doesn't feel like a safe place to work any more. For the last four years or so, nobody feels safe in their position, as sweeping redundancies go through. It's gone past the point where they separate the wheat from the chaff - now they're throwing the wheat out too, as there's no chaff left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Haven't a clue. Don't really care any more

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I like it here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Provo, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Provo, UT (US)

    I have been working at Novell as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is genuinely interested in your success. Office culture is great.

    Cons

    Unsure future. No real structured on boarding training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real training in place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Work culture is good. People are friendly and helping

    Cons

    Pay is less compared to industry standards

  7.  

    Dying Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT (US)

    I worked at Novell as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, low stress, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Parent company seems to be sucking money until Novell goes dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a vision for what company could be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Working Here as QA Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Good environment to work with.

    Cons

    Senior Management is not having proper vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was a great place to work but slowly getting diluted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Professional people
    Employee friendly

    Cons

    Future is a question mark.
    Have been getting acquired by other companies
    Not much of latest technology or exciting work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT (US)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Provo, UT (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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