National Oilwell Varco
3.4 of 5 260 reviews
www.nov.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

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Not the company for high performers.

Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

ProsGood 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.

ConsLimited 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 Senior ManagementUpper 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality Engineer (Current Employee)
    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… Advice to Senior Management: A Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Senior Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: The company has flexible work hours. the company is willing to take risks. … Cons: hard to move up in the company. Management does not care about employees career growth. They pay… Advice to Senior Management: try to keep your employes happy by listening to them and… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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