National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
28 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a mans world

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Decent salary for employees and nice bonus plan when goals are met. Promotes from within the company as much as possible.

    Cons

    Men are allowed to say anything without any without any repercussions. They physically threaten other employees, yell, curse and blatantly break rules set in place. Managers will curse you for doing your job and discuss sexual acts openly in the lunch room. At any point if you defend yourself they tell the HR manager and you are reprimanded. Even after being provided proof of what male employees have done she states that she isn't concerned with what they did. Employees know and talk about her actions but are scared to report her. A female executive has commented that the HR manager is a bully and harassed employees but stated she can't report her and become her next target. The HR manger also is known for twisting statements to make them what she want and has physically put her hands on employees in a threatening manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up an anonymous helpline for your employees to report issues n the workplace. Make sure there are protocols in place where managers are notified of incidents before HR is contacted. Investigate your HR manager and her tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Inspector, Tank Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inspector in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Inspector in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Tipical benifits, politically correct charities and a vast ammount of work loads.

    Cons

    Rampant Nepitism as subsidiary (ma n pa shops) make up NOV's walls. Lack of a human eliment in real life employee scenarios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move in quickly after your mergers or even before, balance your network equally across your "empire". Hold your subsidiaries accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Top 5 Worst Companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pressure Control Group in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pressure Control Group in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company monopolizes the oil and gas industry which means you will always have a job.

    Cons

    Complete lack of ethics, training & accountability. This company is so big it not only bullies other competitors and their suppliers, but also their own employees. It's also not what you know, it's who you know to get anywhere in this company regardless of your contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the nepotism and hiring of friends and start hiring people that have the right experience and work ethic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Buddy Buddy System At Elmar

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, potential for overtime if you need it. Good people to work with but not socialize with. Promotions available if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke compared to other oil & gas industries. A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money. They are not held accountable for their roles in the future demise of this company. Advancements are based solely on who you kiss up to. Inexperienced workers are promoted based on the friendship and nepotism system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises to match other comparable companies are probably out of the question, but eliminating managing positions that can clearly be done by an average employee can give the company flexibility to pay more. But good luck with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nov bought out Reed Hycalog and now company loosening money blamed on employees & Supervisor's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    None well insurance and benefits.

    Cons

    No stool's to get off feet even tho you work 12hr. 7 days. No talking, no break room they took them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little pay if on your vacation and you don't answer your phone your fired.

  7.  

    not good not good at all unsafe place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    they had none they was not giving none out

    Cons

    they give you very little training no time off we worked 7 days a week 12 hours a day

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The crappest company I've ever worked for in my life !!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Truth is if you're not white, you're not right. No growth within this company not less you kiss butt. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

    Cons

    The benefits are great. 401K, Heath, Dental and paid vacation time. There's no chance of growth within NOV. This company sucks big time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management team have their favorites and there's no fairness. Under pay sweatbox!! This is a company that discriminate against the disable. The whole management team at FM 529 are worthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside sales San Antonio

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    If you enjoy sitting at a desk for 9 hours a day and being forced to listen to your boss's talk about her personal life then this is job for you

    Cons

    Understaffed, underpaid, and no chance of advancing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay and replace the operations manager in San Antonio

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Held Back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    good Benefits and nice people mostly. hours are good, most weekends off, early off on fridays

    Cons

    No chance to move up, terrible management, bad pay, favoritism from management, alot of lies from management, discrimination, quantity over quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new people. stop bogarding raises so that your bonuses are bigger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    If you don't like your job, you can transfer into a new position every 6 months.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent, yet they think they know everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get you head out of your *** and start to LISTEN TO OTHERS.

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