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Not the company for high performers.

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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 (More than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has flexible work hours. the company is willing to take risks. They have a hefty bonus plan. There are a lot of different business groups

    Cons

    hard to move up in the company. Management does not care about employees career growth. They pay much less than other similar companies. They factor the bonus into your salary, but the bonus is not guaranteed.

    Advice to Management

    try to keep your employes happy by listening to them and finding out if they are happy doing there curent job fuction.


  2. lots of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of room for professional growth. if you can keep doing a good job there are plenty of challenging opportunities

    Cons

    it won't be the highest paid salaries

    Advice to Management

    remove dead weight


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