Novell Reviews

Updated 25 September 2014
Updated 25 September 2014
300 Reviews
3.4
300 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace) (in 59 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 company to work for.

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Normal

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1 Good environment.
    2 work life balance
    3 peers are good
    4 Maturity in handling work

    Cons

    After acquisition, more pressure on work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earlier management was good.
    Now its doing more micro managing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Growth Oriented people stay away (Novell India Development Center)

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Work life balance (though now it is changing at faster pace)

    Cons

    - Poor compensation
    - No Growth in the company. Financials of the company are in downtrend for long time
    - No new products. Living with legacy products (maintenance license revenues) which can't continue forever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Think welfare of employees. Management has moved to take care of Shareholders/Private investors than employees. Customers stands in-between.
    - Needs to understand the geographical needs/customization in policies, benefits, etc. Management works in one size fits all mindset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good environment for entry to mid level engineers to learn and contribute

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People friendly culture. Moderately complex technical problems to work with. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Inadequate focus on building new products. Not challenging status quo. Sitting on historical success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take risks and don't be afraid to fail. Hire technical managers. Speed up decision making.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for more than a 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
  9.  

    A great employer. Perfect Work Life balance with multiple opportunities.

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Multiple Opportunities, Perks, Benefits, Payscale

    Cons

    Lack of adequate training for freshers, Less On-Site opportunities for product development team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    attitude towards market should change

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

    I worked at Novell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Employee Friendly
    2. Very talented engineers

    Cons

    1. company does not align with market and hence lost market share
    2. compensation is less compared to competitors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Can be a career spoiler

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

    I have been working at Novell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please help the quality managers improve their career paths. Create a separate ladder for quality managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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