National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014
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3.4 264 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

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

Pete Miller Jr.

(163 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position(in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals(in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Some problems with middle management(in 7 reviews)

  • no work life balance and bad management(in 4 reviews)

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    Bad experience. Low pay.

    (Former Employee) San Angelo, TX

    ProsSome of the employees were easy to get along with, but some of them acted like children.

    ConsEverything. Horrible management, no emphasis on safety. Management was unwilling to listen to new ideas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShorten your training sessions down to no more than 15 minutes. Trust me, your employees will enjoy the safety meetings more and get alot more information out of them if they aren't an hour and a half long. Safety meetings are not measured by how much information you give your audience, but by how much information your audience takes in and is able to regurgitate. Take a different approach to safety concerns and get rid of the "I'm the safety guy, and you'll do what I say" mentality. It didn't work in the years before I worked there, it didn't work while I was there, and it's not going to work now. If you're idea of lowering the number of accidents is to fire anyone for doing an unsafe act, then you need a wake up call. Your employees need training, hands-on, straight to the point, training on safety issues, not hour and a half long classroom lectures. Take the time to actually listen to your employees about their safety concerns and ask them what types of PPE or whatever they like to wear, and don't force something on them. If an employee says a faceshield is too uncomfortable and they choose not to wear it, don't blame them. The fault is your own for not assesing their situation and addressing their concerns. Most importantly, quit playing favorites, and I know for a fact it was happening while I was there. Last but not least, enlist the help from outside sources, either through consultants or whatever. You claim that no one knows your employees' jobs better than the employees themselves, but that's what a consultant is, an expert in that field who can come in with a new perspective. Believe me, with the track record you have, you need all the help you can get because management there has no clue what to do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great potential, but has intoxicating and poisonous culture.

    Accountant (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat employee benefits, opportunity for advancement, and relocation or ability to apply to new position is possible every 6 months. Industry leader, provides opportunity, growth, cash flow availability to sustain human resources, and vast array of experience that may not obtain within smaller company. Keep in mind, not for the faint at heart. Self-identity and motivation must be established to survive and grow here.

    ConsPay is below industry standard, management maturity and skill vary, and politics are rampant. Being under a first-time manager, the cons are extreme in regards to management. HR agrees with management and employee discrimination issues from several employee complaints, only suggests filing outside complaint. Also, aware of degrading demeanor to employees, immaturity, unprofessionalism, and more but will not address unacceptable behaviors. Culture is extremely unhealthy with employee discrimination

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership is a great responsibility and honor, be great at it! We depend on you to be leaders as you have been called to be. Culture and value start at the top. Train and guide new management, it is lacking greatly and a huge financial cost to the company. Most of all enforce greatness, don't succumb to complacency and turn a blind eye. If culture and values determined success, the doors would be closed. It is time to make a difference, you are the now, dig-deep, take heart, make a difference, please.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Executive sandbox.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits programs for salaried individuals. Clean working conditions.

    ConsIt feels like a stepping-stone training ground for inexperienced NOV Corporate executives-in-training. You will work on vaguely defined objectives with no apparent prospect for commercialization or profit. Top-heavy middle management is entrenched, offering little opportunity for advancement before next layoff cycle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExisting technology patents are quickly aging out.

    Get serious about the business and make some money for the company.

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    Trying to grind through not having more than two days off a month

    CNC Machinist (Current Employee) Conroe, TX

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    plant manager

    Plant Manager (Current Employee) Elk City, OK

    Prosthere is real good people i work with..

    Consi am a engineer every day is a new day.all ways some thing changes.

    Advice to Senior Managementmanagement is fun. and in,lighting to me. to work and help others with more then just work question but real life.mine and the company and there"s makes me fill good to go to work every day.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Questionable management ethics in satellite offices

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsBenefits aren't bad.401K is available along with health insurance.

    ConsLong hours, questionable management ethics. Local management doesn't reward for a good job. No incentive or support to advance. The people that are told to work more hours are the salaried employees that don't get paid overtime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate needs to keep a closer eye on management at offices in other states than Texas. The corporate management only visits and is not given a realistic view of how the management works in the offices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not that great!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood insurance and benefits. Good 401k with matching from the company. Lots of OT if you like working a lot.

    ConsNo room to grow. Pour pay with shitty raises. Understaffed. Hostile work environment with coworkers that have shitty attitudes. To much OT with to little pay. No life outside of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay better. And fire the problem people, not just look the other way.

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    Lot of room for improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Work/Life Balance. Great insurance packages.

    ConsLack of opportunities to grow. Ideal to be related to someone in senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to folks who actually do the work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The company is big but questionable management across the board.

    Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsNOV is a stable company and always growing
    It offers oil and gas experience and opportunity around the globe if you can get approval from your manager.
    They provide good health care and an acceptable matching 401K

    ConsThe company has a very horizontal structure with little opportunity to advance upward, mostly from one equal position to another.
    Difficult to move through the divisions inside the company.
    Some of the management is unfavorable and the HR department does not act on improving anything.
    Pay is below average for the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild better relationships with employees and show your appreciation for their efforts.
    Be more competetive with wages.
    Seek employee advice and suggestions and make improvements based on them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Does not respect people and disorganized.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    Pros401k is good and insurance is ok

    Cons1. 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 Senior ManagementShould learn how to manage/ respect employees. Saying something mean does not get any answer you want and does not make u superior to others.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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