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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fresh blood and going Private

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

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

    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.  

    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
  3.  

    Excellent culture

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

    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
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  5.  

    Novell is a dead company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Working Here as QA Engineer

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

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Good environment to work with.

    Cons

    Senior Management is not having proper vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Was a great place to work but slowly getting diluted

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Professional people
    Employee friendly

    Cons

    Future is a question mark.
    Have been getting acquired by other companies
    Not much of latest technology or exciting work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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