National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Clay C. Williams
17 Ratings

Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 19 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money (in 11 reviews)

  • No work life balance and bad management" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Sr. Buyer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits,Flexible Hours, great management to work with. Makes me want to get up and go to work every day.

    Cons

    A lot of special projects, a lot of people don't pull their weight and more work get pushed on people who are already over worked

    Advice to Management

    Know what people who report to you really do and redistribute work loads. Get rid of the people who don't pull their weight and promote the people who go above and beyond.


  2. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    National Oilwell Varco is a leader in the industry. The range of products is the best in the industry.

    Cons

    There are really no significant cons.


  3. Coordinator

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good product knowledge and involvement.

    Cons

    The industry is easily impacted by oil which causes many insignificant losses.

    Advice to Management

    Give potential people the opportunity to rise, rather than only keep what they are good at and not expanding or improving other skills.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great company, excellent 401k, great for entry level

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to make mistakes and learn on the job, flexible hours, great coworkers, safety is priority

    Cons

    Non-gravel parking, no traffic control, unreasonable requests from management

    Advice to Management

    Don't force your agenda on employees, be reasonable and understand how the process works


  6. Buyer

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Cleveland, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer in Cleveland, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Nothing that I can remember


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company- scattered leadership!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great company, a leader in technology with forward thinking into the client's future needs. Strong leadership at the C level when Pete Miller was CEO. Clay seems very strong as well, but he's too new as CEO for me to have a concrete opinion (thus, the neutral rating).

    Cons

    Basic big company politics with senior management in certain segments. Some bad leaders, but many good ones too.

    Advice to Management

    Do what's right with integrity and honesty. Lead by example and don't trample on one to get where you want to go.


  8. Helpful (2)

    not excellent, but It's OK

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - decent salary - benefits - ok, management - coworkers

    Cons

    - no stable job since depends how oil prices are ( i.e. now there is a lot of uncertainty about keep your job) - boring projects no much opportunity to grow - no flexible hours/ no telecommute allowed

    Advice to Management

    Need to invest more in people not only focus and prioritize acquisitions.


  9. Inside Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary Employee Benefits are competitive

    Cons

    No comments at this time


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controller in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Controller in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic Environment, flexible working hours, great training, and room for advancement and growth.

    Cons

    While the company is flexible with hours, there is so much to do and not enough hours in the day to get it all done.


  11. Mechanical Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In my experience working for NOV, the corporate setting is very welcoming. The job sites are laid back and the managers they put over their interns are top notch. Working along side fellow employees was truly a great experience as an intern.

    Cons

    There in no per diems nor any adjustment for moving expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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