If you are provided with a shrew-soft Windows VPN client from your company, and you would like to run a VPN client on Linux. You can either use the Shrew VPN client Linux version or another open source VPN client "vpnc".
To run vpnc, you will need to know the group password. If you export your Shrew VPN profile which is a plain text file, you will see a line in the file that starts with:
This is the group password, encoded with BASE64 format. So just copy the value and paste it to any web-based BASE64 decoder such as the one http://www.opinionatedgeek.com/dotnet/tools/Base64Decode/ (This link happens to be on the top when I searched and it works fine), then you get the group password in plain-text.