National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
304 Reviews
3.5
304 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 17 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals" (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Hard to move up, heavy workload providing no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 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 an 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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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.

  3.  

    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 an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside sales San Antonio

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Held Back

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Not a good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No pros to speak of

    Cons

    Management is very pro senior and very rude. They show no respect to the younger generation. The company is not doing well at all and constantly have lay offs. They pay very poorly. Please stay away!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage. Show some respect to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    stay far away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    global operations - opportunity for lateral movement

    Cons

    pay, attitude of employees, nepotism, everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    die

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    NOV - Conroe Downhole Division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Conroe, TX

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

    Pros

    Estblished product lines, engaged employees, quality products, solid customer base, and nice facilities.

    Cons

    No worklife balance, high employee turnover rate, excessive pressure to make improvements without agreed strategies, lack of owenership in responsibilities, false dataset being used in KPI's and the lack of acknowledgement of real data presented. The Conroe division spends too much time chasing problems and should become more employee friendly that would develop continous improvement and work environment for the employees and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up! Remove the polictical barriers and take action\support change. Quit demanding unrealistic goals without providing the support and financials to make the improvement. Sure do more with less is a good thing and should be expected, but to do all with nothing is not practical or realistic. Take a look at self before blaming other and stop the verbal threats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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