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Novatek Reviews

Updated December 16, 2016
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  1. "Patent Intern"

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    Former Employee - Patent Writer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Patent Writer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Novatek part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management was flexible as to what hours you could work during the day while I was in school. During the summer they required a typical 9-5 schedule. Good pay, good flex spending plan.

    Cons

    At the beginning we were told we could use money in our flex spending account to pay for tuition expenses but we were told later that we couldn't.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about paying for tuition.


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    "Great for students"

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    Former Employee - Junior Mechanical Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Junior Mechanical Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was good as a part-time junior mechanical engineer working while going to school. They gave us a decent amount of responsibility and had a variety of work to do.

    Cons

    Everyone is payed hourly (except maybe top management). Pay is perhaps lower than other engineering companies, however you are only expected 40 hours/week (rarely overtime), so there is a trade off. Biggest con is the lack of any insurance (at least at the time I was working). No benefits whatsoever.


  3. "Novatek...a SLB Company"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novatek full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Payed for every hour worked. Great people willing to work as a team to develop lead edge technologies.Removed administration hurdles.

    Cons

    No benefits...but increased competitive pay to offset lack of benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower employees to be able to make decisions and quickly purchase materials as needed.


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  5. "Small with dramatic profit"

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    Former Employee - Patent Draftsmen in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Patent Draftsmen in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Novatek full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, little bureaucracy and nice location.

    Cons

    Too much politics for a small company. Hiring and firing trends are too dramatic.

    Advice to Management

    Company changes direction based off off President's whims when it should be based off of market needs.


  6. "Dynamic and new"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Novatek full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The ability to be creative and not experience the red tape bureaucracy of traditional large R&D engineering companies. A lot of great employees to work with and learn from. Friendly environment and dedicated to succeed. Great experience and pay for interns, invaluable.

    Cons

    No employee benefits at all (Medical, Dental, PTO, Retirement). Can be a volatile with the increasing frequency of layoffs. Pay is not great and there are no annual reviews with senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more interested in the employees and provide feedback to them. An annual review that includes where the employee is at and what is expected for the employee to be more valuable and be eligible for a raise would be a good start. Incentives to succeed.


  7. "Novatek is all about innovation"

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    Former Employee - Health and Wellness Program Developer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Health and Wellness Program Developer in Provo, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Novatek part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Novatek is a great place to work if you want to be on the cutting edge of developing supermaterial industrial applications and patents. Their company has registered 25 patents since the beginning of the year and there are still 3.5 months left for 2012. Pay is competitive. If you have an idea or research development you are interested in pursuing in the realm of supermaterials (IE: industrial diamonds and their applications) the president of the company is very good about hearing proposals once you've established yourself as a dependable and trustworthy employee. Just make sure that you've done sufficient background research and that you put together a solid proposal.

    Cons

    If you are working in the field of research and development, it is important to keep in mind that you need to be able to deliver results on a consistent basis. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. but since Novatek is all about development and innovation, you need to come up with a new idea AND form a concrete visualization of what that idea is. That's the relatively easy part. The real challenge comes from being able to put together a realistic timeline and an effective plan of action on how to bring that into being. This means you have to do things that no one has done before, which can be pretty darn cool; but can also be accompanied by quite a bit of stress and uncertainty.


  8. "Great internship, not so great full time"

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    Current Employee - Intern: Novadrill Group in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Intern: Novadrill Group in Provo, UT

    Pros

    Novatek focuses on getting prototypes done quickly. There is a great opportunity to learn and take initiative to get things done. They are extremely generous with the schedule and time off. They pay interns well and give them a lot of unique opportunities.

    Cons

    For full time employees they pay below average and have no benefits (as of recently). There is little feedback on projects and performance.

    Advice to Management

    offer benefits or a better salary. Communicate better with employees on performance and offer bonuses for excellent work.


  9. "Good place to start a career."

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    Current Employee - Intern in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Intern in Provo, UT
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very flexible with time off.

    Cons

    Not enough to do as an intern.


  10. "Innovative, Creative Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Little feedback on performance from senior management, direction and overall vision changeable and not always clearly communicated.

    Advice to Management

    Make the company less personality driven, establish clearer procedures and policies.


  11. "Freedom to excell"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Recommends

    Pros

    great for out of the box thinkers

    Cons

    if you cant think outside the box, you will not do well


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