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Novell Reviews

Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
316 Reviews
3.2
316 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.  

    Excellent culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great culture - very nice folks

    Cons

    Technology is under constant competitive pressure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Director of Marketing

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

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, smart peers

    Cons

    Products were not leaders in any of their core markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on winning product lines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Novell is a dead company

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

    I worked at Novell

    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 ManagementAdvice

    There are still some viable technologies and innovation within the company if only management would invest appropriately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I like it here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Provo, UT (US)
    Current Intern - 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    NO MORE NOVEL COMPANY TO BE IN

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

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

    Pros

    Once upon a time it was a good company to work for.

    Decent technology exposure for new comers.

    Work life balance was there once upon a time and now limited to few legacy products.

    Cons

    Revenue decline across all BU's for last so many years

    With new Microfocus acquisition , some more layoffs seems to be on horizon. Although recruitment is in progress for filling recent attrition, it is mostly due to foresighted cuts expected. Might be scary for new joiners.

    Salary is not competitive and no stock options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  11.  

    Dying Company

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

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