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Novell Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
312 Reviews
3.2
312 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.  

    I like it here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Provo, UT (US)
    Current Employee - 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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Dying Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Provo, UT (US)
    Former Employee - 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome balance between life and work. I never felt like I was going to get fired when a family emergency came up and I had to work from home or remotely to tend to it.

    Cons

    Lay-offs. Even after attachmate came into play there are still lay offs. This is the major reason I see people leave of their own free-will. In addition decisions made higher up give the company a poor outlook for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on providing and brighter outlook for the future. Stop doing lay-offs or "corporate restructurings" whatever you want to call them they destroy morale of your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very accommodating, but seemingly underpaid for experience.

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

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule and easy to work with. Work-life balance is terrific, office culture is very inviting and fun - there to learn and get stuff done while having fun attitude. Talented co-workers and mentors to help.

    Cons

    It's not the best to work for a company that is slowly dying. In my opinion, there are some great ideas that just haven't been executed quite right to gain spotlight (like Novell Filr). Great opportunity for personal growth and enhancing IT skills. Compensation is below average in my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please offer raises to your employees to entice talent to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall Good experience

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

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

    Pros

    - Good Career opportunities
    - Good Hikes
    - Nice culture & work life balance.
    -

    Cons

    - Old legacy products
    - Limited Product development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The only place to get retired from if you are well settled in your life.

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

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

    Pros

    It's very employee friendly. Policy and benefits are really good despite of lots of trims in recent past. Employee recognition is always a priority and it's literally celebrated. Work-life balance is pretty good. Best is medical leave policy which offers you leaves at actual. Work is well defined and execution is also proper. Learning support is also on cards all the time.

    Cons

    Work from home not encouraged. Salaries are not up to the industry standard. Lots of oldies with feeling of ownership. Nothing much cutting edge in terms of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring it to level in terms of salary and perks and provide opportunity to work in a variety of cutting edge technologies, lots of older employees will be back.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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