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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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  1.  

    Overall Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    - Good Career opportunities
    - Good Hikes
    - Nice culture & work life balance.
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    Cons

    - Old legacy products
    - Limited Product development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore

    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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Join only if you don't need salary hike and you are mentally strong to face daily torture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    1. Salary offered at the time of Joining is good.
    2. Good technical people .
    3. Complex product to learn

    Cons

    1.Company is not doing well so to cut cost they are hiring service company managers and these managers have brought worst culture in Novell . You may have to fight on hourly basis in office.These managers don't understand the product and will behave very bad with you.
    2.In last 3 years not seen a single Hike in salary,only hike you will see will be at the time of Joining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. What is the need to hire service company managers in a technical company .
    2. With price rise every where people need salary hike ,without salary hike how can someone survive in Bangalore?
    3. It is going just in Nokia direction ,promote research and development here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    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
  7.  

    good work.. .less salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Bangalore

    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
  8.  

    A very good company but few bad managers destroying the brand name.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    When I joined the company offered many benefits and extra facility, which eventually as day are passing are going for toss. Now no work from Home, previously it was there, there are few very good products to challenge the market.

    Cons

    Manager thinks he is the God.
    Send to some training which not at all in your domain or your skill set and but expects you should work on it.
    No definite way of salary hike, they do once in a year but in it may at the beginning or may be any time, so eventually you end up waiting upto one year six months for salary hike.
    No better career opportunity if you are not from a C++ or core system guy. They may ask you to leave when there requirement gets fulfilled, Beware.
    Work life balance is too hectic, sometimes 12 hour jobs is also not sufficient and you end up with your senior manager with some verbal argument when he questions your coding capability.
    Leadership quality is horrible, Manger thinks he is the GOD,
    No work from Home for certain managers.
    For taking leaves you have to beg for it, even if you work 10-12 hours in a day.
    Manager expects you should receive night calls and still apply for leave when required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn some management courses from some good institute and think about employees. Your employees are your great assets, they are not your slaves. If a guy resigning from a job 60% is the case because of the manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Novell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Excellent opportunities to learn if you join as a fresher.
    Management and team is good.
    Products are really very good.
    Work from home.

    Cons

    Salary is just okay, there should be periodic hikes and promotions on work basis not time basis.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good exp of working with Novell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SSE in Bangalore
    Current Employee - SSE in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Good culture,Good work life bal,opportunitis to learn new stuff,oppor to work on all paltforms

    Cons

    Salary is not great,Bonus is not 100% everytime(recently it was only 20% of the entire amount)Higher management is not that great,Not visionary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to Work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Bangalore

    I worked at Novell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Incredibly supportive environment. Very good growth opportunities provided that you are talented and willing to put that talent to good use. Good benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Could do more about tightening the work deliverable and project management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please being a pioneer of Computing and Technology, please please don't let the Novell brand die.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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