Novell Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
296 Reviews
3.4
296 Reviews
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Kathleen Owens
3 Ratings

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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)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

    I worked at Novell full-time for 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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    Good exp of working with Novell

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture,Good work life bal,opportunitis to learn new stuff,oppor to work on all paltforms

    Cons

    Salary is not great,Bonus is not 100% everytime(recently it was only 20% of the entire amount)Higher management is not that great,Not visionary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Excellent opportunities to learn if you join as a fresher.
    Management and team is good.
    Products are really very good.
    Work from home.

    Cons

    Salary is just okay, there should be periodic hikes and promotions on work basis not time basis.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working with Novell

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy work with novell, I found a lot of technical support and it´s a good place to work, to learn about security, os, ldap and other things.

    Cons

    Novell don't have investments in publicity and sometimes is very complicated sell their solutions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Professional people- management is good

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing should be the focus -

    Recommends
  9.  

    Normal

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1 Good environment.
    2 work life balance
    3 peers are good
    4 Maturity in handling work

    Cons

    After acquisition, more pressure on work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earlier management was good.
    Now its doing more micro managing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good environment for entry to mid level engineers to learn and contribute

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People friendly culture. Moderately complex technical problems to work with. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Inadequate focus on building new products. Not challenging status quo. Sitting on historical success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take risks and don't be afraid to fail. Hire technical managers. Speed up decision making.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Growth Oriented people stay away (Novell India Development Center)

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace)

    Cons

    - Poor compensation
    - No Growth in the company. Financials of the company are in downtrend for long time
    - No new products. Living with legacy products (maintenance license revenues) which can't continue forever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Think welfare of employees. Management has moved to take care of Shareholders/Private investors than employees. Customers stands in-between.
    - Needs to understand the geographical needs/customization in policies, benefits, etc. Management works in one size fits all mindset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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