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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.  

    Good experience while it lasted

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    • 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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    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

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    • 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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    • 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

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    • 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.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  9.  

    Overall good company

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    • 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
  10.  

    good work.. .less salary

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    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
  11.  

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

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    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

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