National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
288 Reviews
3.5
288 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 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals (in 21 reviews)


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

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great overall experience, positive work environment with hard working employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Borger, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Borger, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about working at NOV was the office culture. All of the employees were very dedicated to the company and the work they are doing.

    Cons

    The company seems like they could hire more employees. We were constantly behind on work because there was not enough individuals to get things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could Be a lot Better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Safety , working culture ,growth

    Cons

    Management , Salary , Supervision is total Fail ,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the office ....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The best job I have had in last 15 years. Management in F&A very supportive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Management of Finance and Accounting in Rigs Solutions division were most competent and employee oriented. Direct reports were very patient thru the learning phase. Allowed me to learn from my mistakes.

    Cons

    The pace is hectic, but it makes the day go by fast....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus for your continued success

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Team work and great people who work there.

    Cons

    Lack chances of advancement and recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company to work for, very different from the three major oil and gas service companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Remote/Real Time Drilling Optimization  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Remote/Real Time Drilling Optimization in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    benefits are about the same as the industry, maybe a bit better. training is flexible and depends a lot on your manager. Working here is like working for a family owned company even this is a large company

    Cons

    personal growth maybe an issue and it depends on your manager and the department you work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    has to work better on personal development and career path, especially for professionals like engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Atmosphere, but tough to get things done

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and interesting work

    Cons

    Poorly organized so it's tough to find old design packages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Constantly learning about the industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good culture, willing to send you to get any necessary training you might need. Helpful in helping you learn about this complex industry.

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make salaries more competitive to keep turnover low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    World Class, Best Practice Global manufacturer that provides many opportunities for upward advancement and challenging roles, very good benefits ie 401K, vision, dental, medical insurances, long term care

    Cons

    long hours, high pressure, politics, made up of many acquired companies producing constant change and evolving company culture and policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take time to know your direct reports

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great for a career, but you have the typical big corporation experiences to navigate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security, work environment.

    Cons

    Some problems with middle management. There is also the effect of when it's a very large company, you have to fight to stay relevant and not end up in the mushroom closet. It's ok if you want to work the minimal hours, but more difficult to make a name for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your people, not the product. The people will take care of the product if properly managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company, Great Benefits, needs to work on salaries so employees stop leaving for other companies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Marketing  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Global Marketing in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The culture of sharing and working together is great. Hours can be flexible if you have the right boss. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Less than competitive salaries so this can be a good place to get your start in O&G. If you get a bad boss life can be hell. A good one life is great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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