National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. Bad Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    good benefits, bonus and laid back work

    Cons

    bad managers, no job growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Not good for a family man or anyone with a life out side of work.

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Willis, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Willis, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    I enjoy the type of work and guys I work with. Great line leads.

    Cons

    I am a machine operator. NOV bought our our previous company R&M. Since they bought our company 3 years ago, they have not given any raises. We use to volunteer for the weekend s and always had plenty for the shift, It is now mandatory to come in every weekend. We have 1-2days off each month. The last several weekends they didn't have any work for us so we swept the floor Saturday and Sunday for our entire shift. So they have us come in even when they don't have work for us to do.

    Managers and office personnel receive their weekends and holidays off. Personnel that work in the shop work all holidays. This is not a place to work if you enjoy spending time with your family. No pay increases, and only 1 - 2 day off work each month even when they don't have any work. When they give us a day off like Thanksgiving, they wait until the end of your shift the night before the holiday. So you can't ever make plans. This year I sent my wife to have Thanksgiving with our family since I though I had to work. I would have enjoyed being with my family had I known I had that day off.

    New hires now come from a temp agency and make more than veteran employee's that have been there for more than 5 yrs. It does not pay to have loyalty to this company. I enjoy the job and the type of work. This job is better suited to a single person that does not have a family or someone who doesn't want to do anything other than work. They also.

    As employee's move up to other positions they are not given raises, just more responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there isn't any work, let the guys have the weekend off. And let them know before they come in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. CNC Machine Shop. Primary duties are repair of drill pipe threaded connections, repair of tooling for drill motors.

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Bridgeport, WV
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Bridgeport, WV

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Health insurance, 401K, paid holidays and vacation are OK. No complaints, the benefits are competitive with other companies.

    Cons

    Low wages, poor scheduling, very long hours required. Uncompensated on call scheduling. Poor opportunities for career advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees for requiring them to be "on call".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    A very amateurish company from top to bottom. HydraRig Ft Worth decision.

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    2 weeks vacation on day one. A steady job if you don't expect advancemant or raises worth a darn. A sense of comradery because everyone there knows they are in the same horrible situation.

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry. Big turnaround, constantly having to train new employees because the hiring requirements are low (finding out the new hire doesn't know what a crescent wrench is is quite the norm). Dealing with supervisors that don't supervise. A typical work day through my 3 years involved showing up everyday with little idea what I was going to do that day, was self trained from day one, supervisor provided no guidence , no positive reinforcement, no training. New rules were created on a weekly basis, maybe a power trip mentality. Whatever the employee guidelines are on day one, expect them to change dozens of times. Safety is a big issue at HydraRig, they talk a good game and do their monthly safety meetings but nothing is ever implemented, you hardly ever see HSE staff walking the facilities. Favoritism is also a huge problem. Another issue is work schedules and department placement, supervisors will move you to departments you have no experience in and you are left to your own devices with no training or guidance. Schedules change daily without notice, 8 hours Monday, then out of the blue 10 on Tuesday, back to 8, the from no where mandatory Saturday. No consistency. The shops are normally a mess, equipment is old and dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What would sum up my advice is for management to actually care about the rank and file. Bring pay up to industry standard for assemblers of oilfield equipment. Bring safety up to OSHA standards. Provide new equipment and higher quality ppe. Train supervisors to actually..... Supervise and not just sit around collecting a paycheck. Show some appreciation for your guys once and a while, maybe a "good job". Hire qualified people and close the revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the place for movers and shakers

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    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Interesting place to work, challenging assignments. Good vacation policy great benefits package. Generally a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Complete change in corporate culture post Varco merger. Very risk averse, unwilling to take on disruptive technology, promotion based on causing least pain rather than creating most opportunity. They do not value employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a chance. Develop a small company mentality--experiment with small start ups within NOV and treat them like Venture Capitalists do--some will pay off big time, most won't but the experience will be tremendously valuable in any case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Disappointed of our management, its the SCHOOL OF THE BUDDY SYSTEM.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Insurance and benefits, but in reality the employee is really paying for these.

    Cons

    Low pay, days off behind for amount of hours worked. Older managers are intimidated by the young because of fresh ideas these people generate. Definitely office personal are sub par for the jobs. Promotions are based on the buddy system not on their qualifications. Laid back attitude in office. And NO I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire young educated people as managers and watch the attitude change and the increase in sales and profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Lots of potential ruined by major problems.

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    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Superb benefits package. They pay for your work clothes, boots, Rx glasses, and job related professional organization dues. NOV is involved in just about every facet of the oilfield so there is also a lot to learn from a company like this. This place looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Poor pay compared with the rest of the industry. They want you there all day every day, Sundays, holidays you name it. However the biggest problem I saw was that management was very out of touch. My superiors has their jobs due to friendships, family, and even on the job injury, not for their qualifications. I am not an old man and I had more experience in my industry than most all of them. I really wish that was an exaggeration. Fake it till you make it might work for some places, but you just can't fake experience that you don't have. For obvious reasons the turnover was very high. This makes it a very difficult environment to work in when people are constantly coming and going. I was always either short handed or training someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company has a lot of potential to be a great place. However, until the pay scale and company culture is up to the standards of the rest of the industry, NOV will just be a training grounds and stepping stone for skilled workers, not a career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Bad experience. Low pay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shorten 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Great potential, but has intoxicating and poisonous culture.

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    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    Leadership 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.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Executive sandbox.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Great benefits programs for salaried individuals. Clean working conditions.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Existing technology patents are quickly aging out.

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

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