Novell
3.4 of 5 271 reviews
www.novell.com Provo, UT 1000 to 5000 Employees

Novell Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.4 271 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Novell President & General Manager Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn

(39 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management"
    in 48 reviews
  • "Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management at times experience a disconnect from the work in the "trenches""
    in 8 reviews
  • "Left existing employees carrying huge work loads, benefits got worse, little to no raises"
    in 6 reviews
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Fresh blood and going Private

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novell full-time for 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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good employer. Departments are very flat hiearchically, with room for e-ees to take on interesting projects.

Attorney (Current Employee)
Provo, UT (US)

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

ProsRelaxed work environment allowing flexibility to move schedule to attend kids sports activities.
Large enough have good community of co-workers. Small enough I can lead change.
Great local recreation (skiing and hiking).

ConsPay is fine, but probably not above industry average.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Technical Support Engineer II (Current Employee)
Provo, UT (US)

I have been working at Novell full-time for more than a year

Proseasy to work with. great with scheduling

Conslong hrs, lots of overtime.

Advice to Senior Managementbe more time manageable with employees and get rid of those who take advantage. work the hrs you need to work not let them get off working less.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience

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

I worked at Novell full-time for more than a year

ProsIt was a great place to work, it was flexible and had great benefits. Had a gym with showers on site plus a great cafeteria. Had plenty of vacation.

ConsWas not much room to move up in the company. Lots of people had worked there a long time. There would often be an open spot that would get closed with no hire. Historically there had been many lay offs.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more opportunities for employees to grow.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people, Plan is to Get Return on Private Investment, NOT Growth

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Novell full-time for more than 8 years

ProsI loved the people in Provo and Seattle, they were great to work with. Benefits are great including the gym, cafeteria, outdoor facilities like basketball court and volleyball court. Great vacation benefits, decent healthcare, ok 401k

ConsOnly a few people know how to make a difference and they're held back by a financial model that worked at Attachmate to get return on investor purchase. If the company doesn't grow and they milk the investment, they get what they want. When that dries up, they'll buy another company. SUSE and NetIQ may be an exception but they are constrained by the same financial structure: strict hiring processes, very little R&D, and little focus on the future.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet the GMs make decisions about hiring and firing. Consider investing more in existing products and businesses to try to turn things around rather than just milking the cow. A death spiral is no fun to be a part of.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Novell is a good company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Novell

ProsIts a good company to work for.

ConsThere are no real cons.

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excellent company to work with

Territory Manager (Current Employee)
New Delhi (India)

I have been working at Novell full-time for more than a year

Prosgood work life balance
great compensation
adequate learning

ConsNot challenging for people who have fire in belly

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter to be more focused on long term system improvement

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work, but needs more focus in new trends

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 5 years

Prosvery good work life balance.
Work and ownership at Bangalore IDC is great.
More core work done out of bangalore with full ownership.

ConsNeeds to focus more for latest trends
Legacy products is a baggage
Management must improve on product planning and staffing. Currently it is poor.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay scale must be maintained per standard. The scale provided shows no parity with peers with respect to performance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Novell

ProsNovell has great technologies and solutions, as employee have a high standards benefits like medical insurance

Consvery unstable working environment, not only looking for your job done, but also internal competition that contributes to destroy the company

Advice to Senior Managementtry to create a better friendly and teamwork environment. You will not get prospect's attention if you act like your biggest and strongest competitors, neither win market share. You need to make better, small, different and nice. Need a long term investments, specially at Brazil where the reputation needs to be improved.

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Good culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novell full-time

ProsGood work environment, nice office

ConsManagement has no clue on reality

Advice to Senior ManagementFind facts

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