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Novell Reviews

Updated 14 November 2014
Updated 14 November 2014
303 Reviews
3.3
303 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace) (in 60 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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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.  

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    Overall good company

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    work life good balance.
    Great place for females

    Cons

    Pay comparative less to market standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good work.. .less salary

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    agile model, systematic, good work life balance

    Cons

    less salary.. no guaranteed hikes, old technologies, old fashioned management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Business Model Flawed, auditing customers to "catch them" will not grow business.

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

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Some very nice people work here.

    Cons

    This company is in decline. The name Novell shuts doors amazingly fast or has customers saying that they thought Novell was dead. No innovation. "Innovative" products are years behind the competition. Customers are ripping out Novell as fast as they can to move to Microsoft. The Novell strategy is to make it difficult for customers to move to something else. And if they do, to make it painful and costly, uncovering as many audit findings as possible. Make no mistake, the audit group drives this company (ala Attachmate), not sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth through audit won't happen. You're pushing away customers. Get in new blood and new products now, or wither and die.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Constant decline of market share, revenues, benefits and job satisfaction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Provo, UT (US)

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People - I stayed so long because of the people.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but all a result of the decline in market share and the acquisition by Attachmate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A very good company but few bad managers destroying the brand name.

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

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

    Pros

    When I joined the company offered many benefits and extra facility, which eventually as day are passing are going for toss. Now no work from Home, previously it was there, there are few very good products to challenge the market.

    Cons

    Manager thinks he is the God.
    Send to some training which not at all in your domain or your skill set and but expects you should work on it.
    No definite way of salary hike, they do once in a year but in it may at the beginning or may be any time, so eventually you end up waiting upto one year six months for salary hike.
    No better career opportunity if you are not from a C++ or core system guy. They may ask you to leave when there requirement gets fulfilled, Beware.
    Work life balance is too hectic, sometimes 12 hour jobs is also not sufficient and you end up with your senior manager with some verbal argument when he questions your coding capability.
    Leadership quality is horrible, Manger thinks he is the GOD,
    No work from Home for certain managers.
    For taking leaves you have to beg for it, even if you work 10-12 hours in a day.
    Manager expects you should receive night calls and still apply for leave when required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn some management courses from some good institute and think about employees. Your employees are your great assets, they are not your slaves. If a guy resigning from a job 60% is the case because of the manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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

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