National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated February 9, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015
21 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
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Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 19 reviews)

  • Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is generally good, although it depends on the position a lot (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not good for a family man or anyone with a life out side of work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Willis, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Willis, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    I enjoy the type of work and guys I work with. Great line leads.

    Cons

    I am a machine operator. NOV bought our our previous company R&M. Since they bought our company 3 years ago, they have not given any raises. We use to volunteer for the weekend s and always had plenty for the shift, It is now mandatory to come in every weekend. We have 1-2days off each month. The last several weekends they didn't have any work for us so we swept the floor Saturday and Sunday for our entire shift. So they have us come in even when they don't have work for us to do.

    Managers and office personnel receive their weekends and holidays off. Personnel that work in the shop work all holidays. This is not a place to work if you enjoy spending time with your family. No pay increases, and only 1 - 2 day off work each month even when they don't have any work. When they give us a day off like Thanksgiving, they wait until the end of your shift the night before the holiday. So you can't ever make plans. This year I sent my wife to have Thanksgiving with our family since I though I had to work. I would have enjoyed being with my family had I known I had that day off.

    New hires now come from a temp agency and make more than veteran employee's that have been there for more than 5 yrs. It does not pay to have loyalty to this company. I enjoy the job and the type of work. This job is better suited to a single person that does not have a family or someone who doesn't want to do anything other than work. They also.

    As employee's move up to other positions they are not given raises, just more responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there isn't any work, let the guys have the weekend off. And let them know before they come in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the place for movers and shakers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Interesting place to work, challenging assignments. Good vacation policy great benefits package. Generally a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Complete change in corporate culture post Varco merger. Very risk averse, unwilling to take on disruptive technology, promotion based on causing least pain rather than creating most opportunity. They do not value employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a chance. Develop a small company mentality--experiment with small start ups within NOV and treat them like Venture Capitalists do--some will pay off big time, most won't but the experience will be tremendously valuable in any case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots of potential ruined by major problems.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Superb benefits package. They pay for your work clothes, boots, Rx glasses, and job related professional organization dues. NOV is involved in just about every facet of the oilfield so there is also a lot to learn from a company like this. This place looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Poor pay compared with the rest of the industry. They want you there all day every day, Sundays, holidays you name it. However the biggest problem I saw was that management was very out of touch. My superiors has their jobs due to friendships, family, and even on the job injury, not for their qualifications. I am not an old man and I had more experience in my industry than most all of them. I really wish that was an exaggeration. Fake it till you make it might work for some places, but you just can't fake experience that you don't have. For obvious reasons the turnover was very high. This makes it a very difficult environment to work in when people are constantly coming and going. I was always either short handed or training someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company has a lot of potential to be a great place. However, until the pay scale and company culture is up to the standards of the rest of the industry, NOV will just be a training grounds and stepping stone for skilled workers, not a career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Trying to grind through not having more than two days off a month

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Conroe, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of o.t. good pay great benefits okay food stressful environment!!!!!

    Cons

    Only two days off a month!!!!!! 12 hours a day for 13 days straight have no time with family or friends can't get anything else done with only two days off!!!!!! Bull$&!@ !!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sunday should be optional we need time to recharge or at least every other weekend off both sat/Sun. Seriously come on!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Does not respect people and disorganized.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    401k is good and insurance is ok

    Cons

    1. Some managers and employees have so much attitudes and being disrespectful.
    2. Not well organized and does NOT plan things well, always want stuff in the last minute and want it right away like you have magic.
    3. Regular works cannot be done on a regular basis because you need to fix for what other people have done wrong on the same thing over and over again.
    4. Cannot take a personal day off without pay, YES, even without pay! This Manager forces you to use your vacation or sick leave. Can't even use at time when You want it to ?! So ridiculous!
    5.Hourly employees only have 3 days sick leave for entire year, if unluckily get sick often, then gotta to use vacation days.
    6. This Manager is never gonna let you transfer to other location or other job opportunity unless you are applying for a management level position. Cannot be transferring because other location is close to home? Or simply just want a total different position? I don't think anyone will know better about what I really want and good for me except for myself. Eventually people have to leave the company. I'm pretty sure this does not happen to all NOV though, this manager just make NOV looks so bad!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should learn how to manage/ respect employees. Saying something mean does not get any answer you want and does not make u superior to others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    There is not much good to be said other than NOV is the biggest kid on the block (about 90% of the drilling rigs in the world has at least some if not all NOV equipment on them) and it has very deep corporate pockets. It has grown in part by buying out its competition.

    Cons

    NOV-PCG is the most dysfunctional place that I have ever worked at. There is no true communication and coordination between different functions. Business in the oil patch is so good at this point in time that the most mismanaged company can make money. Millions of dollars are lost every year due jobs being lost in process and parts rusting .... and nobody is held accountable. Missing parts are robbed from one job to ship another.
    When the oil patch slows down and customers can shop around for goods and services instead of a quick one stop shop that can provide everything, NOV, with its bloated corporate overhead and losses due to mismanaged manufacturing, will crash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people that know and understand the principles of management to run your product divisions and the departments within them. Not good ole boy hunting & fishing buddies that will do anything to meet a delivery dates today even if it has long term detrimental affect on costs and profit margins. In other words, management that will find, understand, and solve the problems .... not just kick the can down the road to let it be someone else's problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rig Solutions Corporate: Big carrot in return for abusive culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Early promotions given to unproven people is a big opportunity to shine. Motivated through large cash bonuses (10%-20%) which is driven by high oil prices. Rotating on the job experience given to the management trainees hired straight from college and those with personal "sponsors" are promoted quickly. Sponsored MBA program at Rice University.

    Cons

    Managers have narrow experience nearly entirely from little shops which got bought by NOV and preference is given to those with the internal sponsorship and connections that came from their part of NOV. Experienced hires brought in to widen the gene pool are not understood. Culture of openly yelling or putting down subordinates in front of their peers at their cubicles. Meetings are an opportunity to compete with one another to look good in front of your manager over accomplishing team goals. Little cliques built up in IT and accounting use wierd secretive language amongst themselves.
    The corporation has grown through acquisition and now looks like a pimpled teenager: The corporate functions are immature though the corporation is of full adult size. The ex-VP of IS at Rig tried creating an ERP system to fix this but somehow was unable to fund it to do a professional job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company and retire you made out like bandits riding the oil share price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conroe, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great offices, very professional, nice benefits, a lots of different locations to choose, you get to meet many different cultures and people, the technology is great and very good products as well as many products

    Cons

    You are only a number, management only cares about sales, not very friendly to work for, defensive environment, the company is not investing in new technology and letting competitors take control of innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep investing in engineering and RD departments, and stop losing your best people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the company for high performers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    QE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX

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