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  • no future, no raises, outdated technology (in 6 reviews)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

    Fresh blood and going Private

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Senior Executives "get it"
    - Going private has provided a longer term strategy rather than focussed on what the shareholders want this month
    - The new Novell allows for greater focus and specialisation
    - Product direction is receiving very positive feedback and reaction
    - Small enough to be more agile, Large enough to compete effectively

    Cons

    Analysts do not like Novell
    Still hear, "doesn't Novell just do NetWare?"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    Not what it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  9.  

    Can be a career spoiler

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    • 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
  10.  

    Good hard-working people, but budget cuts rule

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people - hard working and eager to help colleagues and customers. Awesome ideas and potential. Excellent, robust products.

    Cons

    Budgets have been cut to the bone - so staff numbers, in my opinion, are well below what is needed to run this company. You will never have the latest mobile phone because it costs too much. Your long service award will be an email and a piece of paper saying how long you've been here. There is little chance for development or promotion. There are no incentives for non-sales staff aside from a bonus depending on the performance of the whole company. In-house technical courses are condensed into unacceptably short time-frames. For decades, the marketing department has been known for being exceedingly bad at marketing products (many internal jokes about "stealth marketing"). Overwhelming and unbalanced workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The workload on the technical teams is immense. The situation is not sustainable and the strain in these teams are become more and more visible with staff leaving, etc.
    Customers will become more and more frustrated with having to wait longer and longer for their enterprise systems to be repaired to a working state as the internal workload increases - and they will (continue to) walk away out of frustration no matter how good your technology is.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Humble Beginning

    • 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)

    Pros

    Great Ownership , even the newbies get to work on hot things .
    Relaxed work atmosphere .
    Immense opportunity to learn .

    Cons

    Compensation is low as compared to counterparts .
    Bonus is not guaranteed .
    No Team lunches , team outings
    The overall atmosphere is really boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People spend eight -ten hours of their day in the office , try and take some initiative to make their day to day life interesting .

    Neutral Outlook

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