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Still a good old boys club

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Former Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX
Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX

I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Advancement opportunities from entry level to mid-management
Job security
Many locations

Cons

Low salary
Not what you know but who you know
Unqualified upper management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Time to replace portions of executive management

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the company for high performers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good starting point for fresh-outs and few years of experience people. In general: good work environment, laid back culture, conscientious about work/personal life balance. If you have the connections with management, sure you'll have a good career in NOV. Job security.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunity, even though it's a very large company, there's almost no cross divisional transfers. Lack of an objective performance evaluation system to promote the most capable personnel. Many people get promoted/given opportunity based on how the bosses like them (subjective). Salary all over the place, depends on employee's negotiation skills and leverage position. Average salary lower than industry's. Inefficient, don't know how to fix root cause's problem, everything wants to be solved with money, either increasing headcount or buying competitors. Falling behind the competition in the long run. There's a complete lack of synergy among all the divisions. Too much politics in the everyday work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management ideas/message are not getting to the troops because the lack of management skils of the middle levels. Need to implement an objective system to promote the most competent people in the organization and stick to it. Give HR more power to do the right things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Many oportunities of growing with the company

    Cons

    They don't pay if compared with the average of the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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