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Novell Reviews

Updated 4 August 2014
Updated 4 August 2014
289 Reviews

3.4
289 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management (in 53 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process (in 21 reviews)


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

  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)

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Employee 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

    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

    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

    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.  

    A great employer. Perfect Work Life balance with multiple opportunities.

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Multiple Opportunities, Perks, Benefits, Payscale

    Cons

    Lack of adequate training for freshers, Less On-Site opportunities for product development team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    attitude towards market should change

    • 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)

    Pros

    1. Employee Friendly
    2. Very talented engineers

    Cons

    1. company does not align with market and hence lost market share
    2. compensation is less compared to competitors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    What use to be is no longer ,,,

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about the customer (again).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting

    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.

  10.  

    Not what it used to be

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

    Pros

    Great people who appreciate their customers.

    Cons

    New senior management that seems to only understand value operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Can be a career spoiler

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Good products and technology
    People are technically inclined
    Good work like balance

    Cons

    No major focus on quality improvement.
    No career path improvements for quality managers.
    Technical ability for managers not appreciated.
    Very less recognition for managers
    Quality Managers are stagnated
    Freshers are being hired to work on testing - which is very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help the quality managers improve their career paths. Create a separate ladder for quality managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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