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Interesting products and good people.

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Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

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

Pros

Great place to practice engineering design.

Cons

Poor organization and lack of leadership.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More focus on quality and sharing information.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still a good old boys club

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    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the company for high performers.

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (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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