At Novell, sometimes the people that were laid off had it much better than the
people who didn't. Novell would often lay off people but retain their projects
and workload. So after 3 or 4 layoffs, it was common for those who remained to
be stuck working on 4 or 5 projects rather than the 1 or 2 they were used to.
Employees would get pretty good at juggling multiple projects, but the
frustration was that you couldn't do any of them well. It was a matter of just
keeping your head above water on all of them. So it resulted in poorer products
going to market. This resulted in employee apathy that I think ultimately
crippled the company. Senior management didn't have a clue or didn't care.The other practice that always made me scratch my head was laying off
someone but hiring them back as a contractor at a much higher wage. Or laying
them off, giving them a hefty severance package, then hiring them back a month
or two later (the person kept the severance package). Brilliant!
I used to have a neighbor that worked for Novell. They asked him to train the
"new guy". Some kid right out of college. My neighbor trained the
new kid and once the new kid was up to speed, my neighbor got laid off.
...Ultimately companies are a reflection of their management. If you can
neither Market nor Innovate as rapidly as your competitor, you die.The ONLY extraordinary thing I see is that Novell took this long in its death
spiral.Can't speak to how employees were treated...just looking at
the corporate "scoreboard"...but I will say employees are usually
pretty happy when you grow...not so much if you are shrinking.
Tough choices and consequences. Here's to hoping that those who are laid off
find better jobs. I understand that the NSA is opening a huge Cybersecurity
complex somewhere in the region. Perhaps a few of these that are laid off will
find ways to innovate and start new companies and business ideas that will be
even more successful now that they're not tethered to Novell's corporate
sluggishness. I know things look kinda bleak now, but have faith.
Ideas and inspiration will come. Stay strong--lay offs are no fun, but they're
not the end of the world (unless you make them so... which is silly over the
longterm). When I went into engineering, I thought I'd have a stable job, but
the technology sector just hasn't held up as it once did. I've been laid off
more than five times now... The first one's the worst--so to you first-comers,
my heart goes out to you. Trust that there's a whole world of
opportunities that await you. It will take some patient humiliation... though...
and that's never overly fun.
Hope they bring back WORD PERFECT for MACs. Microsoft WORD is so HORRIBLE that
it has almost persuaded us to get at least one PC.
@gmak - "they were very fair about how they determined who got cut, and it
was based on performance."I couldn't agree less with that
statement. When whole groups are RIFed, it is not performance based. And when
executive management uses layoffs as a lazy way to show profitability, it is not
performance based. I was with Novell for 17 years. I would have to say that 75%
of layoffs were done for reasons other than perfomance.I wish Novell
the best, but I'm afraid this acquisition is just more of rearranging the deck
chairs on the Titanic, just as they have been since about the time Novell
Back in the early year of 1978 the internet was just the start..Memorex
and Atari was so Wonderful to work for.When Jos were so easy to findIn
SanJose.Now this day and age is so very streesful even to find a
Great Job!Hope you all find a Job soon All those that are unemployed.
I worked for Novell for about 12 years, leaving in 1997. I lived through what I
call 'the glory days' of Novell. It was a wonderful company to work for. Seemed
to me that when we lost Ray Noorda, the company just went downhill from there.
He was the inspiration of that company, a great man and wonderful motivator. He
really cared about the employees. I went through many layoffs too, but never had
a problem getting through it - they were very fair about how they determined who
got cut, and it was based on performance.I was very sad to see it
deteriorate over the years.
Expect more layoffs in the coming year. Having worked for Novell for over 17
years and over 30 layoffs I can almost guarantee the layoffs will continue into
the future. Novell manages itself in a "could care less" manner
meaning it could care less about its employees. Higher powers in far off oak
offices are always plotting and planning and gambling knowing that they will
always float away on a golden parachute so viewing employees as mere pawns in a
chess game comes natural. Yes hire today and fire tomarrow. I remember Novell
announcing big holiday bonus's after having just given the ax to hundreds of
poor souls the day before. Pretty cold blooded but that is the Novell way after
Sorry to hear about the layoffs... Novell was the center of the
networking Universe in the late 1990's...Good luck to the families
that this affects...