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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Good experience while it lasted

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Novell

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Bleak Future unless the ship and be turned around

Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Novell full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood Benefits - WFH offered

ConsTechnical 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The chips are down

Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsNovell 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stable organization with good benefits & compensation

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Novell

ProsGood 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

ConsMired 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 Senior ManagementBring 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Technology Sales Specialist (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Novell

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementMarketing re branding, and streamlining processes can bring Novell back to growth

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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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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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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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