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Novell Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture - very nice folks

    Cons

    Technology is under constant competitive pressure

  2. Such a negative place to work

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    Former Employee - Technical Services
    Former Employee - Technical Services

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  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 Management

    Leave

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

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    Current Employee - Tss in Bracknell, England
    Current Employee - Tss in Bracknell, England

    I have been working at Novell

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Technical Support

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Provo, UT (US)

    I have been working at Novell (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment. I love working with the people there.

    Cons

    The salary is no longer very competitive for the IT support market. Getting opportunity to progress within the company is difficult.

  7. Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, benefits, growth opportunities. Self-managed environment; very little micro-management.

    Cons

    Regular layoffs, declining market share.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of the experience and perspectives of employees at all levels when making strategic and organizational decisions.

  8. Excellent work environment; excellent work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good culture; reasonably good pay; good products to document on

    Cons

    nothing i can think of

  9. Great place to work. Excellent environment and great people.

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Provo, UT (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good team environment within the support organization. I had a great experience and enjoyed my time there very much.

    Cons

    After becoming a second level support engineer, there isn't much room for continued career advancement and pay increases are minimal year after year, so try to negotiate for as much as you can initially.

  10. QA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novell full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of history, good people, good benefits.

    Cons

    They are in a downward spiral. If you didn't get laid off this week, it will be next week. People that don't get laid off are looking for new opportunities. Moral is at an all time low.

  11. People are amazing. The future is not stable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Provo, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Provo, UT (US)

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome colleagues
    Culture is relaxed
    Amazing campus
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Always laying off people
    Changes management often
    Not a lot of stability

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