Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated 16 December, 2014
Updated 16 December, 2014
307 Reviews
3.3
307 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.  

    Good experience while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Novell

    Pros

    Fun , cool people , excellent location , 4 weeks vacation , excellent medical insurance , RRSP matching plan

    Cons

    Large organization , people scattered across the globe , outsource, firing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
  2.  

    Boring Company

    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Novell full-time

    Pros

    Great products, decent salary and managers.

    Cons

    Always layoffs every quarter, accounting/finance runs the company.
    Customers don't even know Novell Exists

  3.  

    Bleak Future unless the ship and be turned around

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits - WFH offered

    Cons

    Technical staff over worked - do not backfill their positions - attrition is too high - no pay raises - they're customer SLA's do not work cause of a lack of staff - they do not meet their promises in job security

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The chips are down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Novell does like to standardize some processes, but does not follow that everything like it should. They also run the company with their own religious views, the Mormon way.

    Cons

    No one ever gets a raise. No one gets more then a thank you Email for each year you are here, not even after 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking of your own money and start thinking how to keep the company from going down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Stable organization with good benefits & compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Fair compensation for the most part
    Close to downtown core
    Good work/life balance
    Strong product set
    Large dedicated customer base
    Hungry to be relevent again

    Cons

    Mired in red-tape
    Stagnant growth for much of recent history
    Branding issues - viewed as an old player with little progressive solution focus
    Constant change in corporate direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some outside Sr. Management to modernize messaging and operational thought. Pick a winning strategy and rally the organization to execute on it, without abandoning for a new strategy after 2 quarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Specialist in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Novell

    Pros

    Good portfolio of technology and products, Good work atmosphere, and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Poor reputation with customers, Novell brand is viewed as a dinosaur. Operational obstacles, typical of larger organizations as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing re branding, and streamlining processes can bring Novell back to growth

    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.  

    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
  10.  

    Very accommodating, but seemingly underpaid for experience.

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    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work with

    • 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

    1.Decent salary(earlier it was much better,have heard from seniors in novell that few years back the hike was between 20% to 30% for all the employees which is very rare oin IT industry)
    2.Lot to learn(Even the QA guys who already work o python get to learn java)
    3.Management is not bad but needs improvement.

    Cons

    1.In the last 2 years the annual hike is close to what a service based company gives.
    2.There are hardly any new entries in the higher management & most of them are working here for last 15 years & so have a little tendency of forcing their opinion on you at times.
    3.Company is not doing well & has been sold twice in last 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.Try to match the compensation with contemporaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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