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Novell Reviews

Updated 23 January, 2015
Updated 23 January, 2015
311 Reviews
3.2
311 Reviews
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Kathleen Owens
9 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Good experience while it lasted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.  

    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 an 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
  9.  

    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 an 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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