National Oilwell Varco
3.4 of 5 229 reviews
www.nov.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.4 116 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

National Oilwell Varco Chairman, President, CEO, and Director Pete Miller Jr.

Pete Miller Jr.

(76 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge working for NOV

Senior Credit Analyst (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsVery stable and growing organization. Excellent benefits. Continuing educational opportunity.

ConsThe are very large and growing faster than the staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementTraining and accountability is an issue company wide.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Willing to help you grow.

Assistant Controller (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsKey people who work hard are given opportunities to prove themselves.

ConsPay is generally lower than other companies for comparable jobs.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetain good employees by giving annual raises.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a great Company to work for.

Department Supervisor (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNOV is a company who invests in it's employees training and advancement. Keeps advancing with new technologies and improves on the older proven technologies to keep a good financial position in the industry. It's business model is excellent.

ConsThe salaries lag behind others in the same field. Needs to move more to a field service company in some of it's products to help diversify in the industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementCost of living raises needs to be equal across the board and not more generous to just the upper management. It actually improves productivity when employees feel the company appreciates the work that's put in to make the company what it is. Upper management tells it's underlings what it wants, but we make it happen.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company, great group

Network Engineer (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

Pros-Great workplace
-Flexible Hours
-Smart Management
-Boss easy to talk to
-Training opportunities

Cons-Seems like pay is a bit low and not competitive to other oil companies in the industry

Advice to Senior ManagementPay up to industry standard

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company, Good People

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsThe people. Everyone is friendly and easy to work with. Benefits are decent and you have a large selection to meet your needs. Salary is comparable to other companies.

ConsVERY large company and trying to connect with intercompany contacts can be trying.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Place for Entry Level

Paralegal (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsManagement @ Corporate is very relaxed, they offer plenty of training, and are big in giving back to the community. CEO is very down to earth, and makes great business decisions, it's a shame he left the company.

ConsPay is decent, haven't been here long enough to get a detailed perspective. Wish there was more room to grow here.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure to communicate better with employees about goals and how to move up in the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place.

Accountant (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsThis place has great pay. Some room to move up.

ConsThe culture is very dry and reserved. Needs to work on promoting more interaction.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote dept interaction

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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NOV is a company with low barriers to entry for career fields in any area, not just your intial job role.

Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsVaried work and great opportunities available, travel, dynamic company, and good benefits. On the whole, there are many career options at NOV if you take advantage of them.

ConsInconsistent corporate culture, lacking standard practices or policies in many areas, formal career advancement and direction often lacking. In contrast to the ability to move and work in different areas there may be few formal paths to advancement and frequent shuffling of people and organizations may sometimes change opportunities in an undesirable direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementFrom one manager to another there is much inconsistency in approach to career development and even interpretation of basic company policy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Buuyer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

Prosgood company and never lays off.

Consgreat people but low pay compared to other companies

Advice to Senior Managementincrease $

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An eye-opening experience

Intern (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat people I worked with; very friendly and welcoming, as well as hard working. Opened my eyes to all the opportunities available in Houston. Made me realize I wanted to pursue a career focused on energy.

ConsWas not there long enough to have a bad opinion on anything.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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