Novell

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Novell Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.4 284 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Novell President & General Manager Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn

(43 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Experience good Work-Life balance, No Micro Level Management(in 53 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good development process for individuals, well understood business process(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management at times experience a disconnect from the work in the "trenches"(in 8 reviews)

  • no future, no raises, outdated technology(in 6 reviews)

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    Good experience while it lasted

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    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

     

    Boring Company

    Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsGreat products, decent salary and managers.

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

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    Bleak Future unless the ship and be turned around

    Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    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

    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

    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

    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

     

    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, somewhat relaxed environment.

    ConsWhen the company was bought, about 800 people were laid off. Unfortunately I was one of them.

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    Can be a career spoiler

    Quality Manager (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsGood products and technology
    People are technically inclined
    Good work like balance

    ConsNo major focus on quality improvement.
    No career path improvements for quality managers.
    Technical ability for managers not appreciated.
    Very less recognition for managers
    Quality Managers are stagnated
    Freshers are being hired to work on testing - which is very bad

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease help the quality managers improve their career paths. Create a separate ladder for quality managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good hard-working people, but budget cuts rule

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people - hard working and eager to help colleagues and customers. Awesome ideas and potential. Excellent, robust products.

    ConsBudgets have been cut to the bone - so staff numbers, in my opinion, are well below what is needed to run this company. You will never have the latest mobile phone because it costs too much. Your long service award will be an email and a piece of paper saying how long you've been here. There is little chance for development or promotion. There are no incentives for non-sales staff aside from a bonus depending on the performance of the whole company. In-house technical courses are condensed into unacceptably short time-frames. For decades, the marketing department has been known for being exceedingly bad at marketing products (many internal jokes about "stealth marketing"). Overwhelming and unbalanced workload.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe workload on the technical teams is immense. The situation is not sustainable and the strain in these teams are become more and more visible with staff leaving, etc.
    Customers will become more and more frustrated with having to wait longer and longer for their enterprise systems to be repaired to a working state as the internal workload increases - and they will (continue to) walk away out of frustration no matter how good your technology is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice People but not much happening

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork Environment good
    Nice work life balance

    ConsLess than Avg saaries
    Not much innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont treat everyone with the same stick
    Award people who perform

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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