National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
331 Reviews
3.5
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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.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Office culture, growth opportunities, benefits

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other companies in the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a good company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Managers that take care of there people.

    Cons

    Slow down times in the oil field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't over hire on technicians.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Fast paced company good benifts great company to grow with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Great pay great people

    Cons

    Management n eeds yo inderstand more of what it takes to build the product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and do your research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    NOV provides good benefits. I have an excellent work and life balance, and it is a laid back working environment.

    Cons

    National Oilwell Varco, at least at my location, uses a flaky ERP system that freezes or is too slow to work. A huge company like this should use a better system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Pleasant work environment, fair pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Executive team is visionary and was able to execute excellent growth until the acquisition of Wilson. Since then it seems the company can't manage any more grow. The company is good with providing appropriate tools to employee for executing their jobs. Benefits are slightly above average.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is generally good, although it depends on the position a lot. The company, at least through training, promotes a high ethical standard. Information Technology is proactive in general, but at times it tries to dictate operations rather than supporting them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare growth path for the outstanding employees rather than letting dependency on them become obstacle for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Support Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Support Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Room to grow. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Middle management not on the same page as upper

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for as long as you are not a tech because of the time off.

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Benefits, 401k, Food and travel reimbursement, gas card, computer, phone and tool expense, 10% bonus bi-annually, training.

    Cons

    Time off, on call. Working 80-120+ a week.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable laid-back environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The company is as stable as any gets in this day and age. At least withing the corporate side of things it wasn't a high-pressure job so there wasn't an overabundance of work related stress. If you're ambitious and have goals of moving up the career chain there seemed to be opportunities for that.

    Cons

    Not a very structured review cycle. Unless your motivated to take charge of your career don't expect much change to be initiated by management. Overall compensation seemed a bit below par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize employee performance metrics and develop ways to identify and reward hard-working employees without them initiating the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Professional people, very strong financially

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Leader in the petroleum industry. Has been in business for a long time, isn't going away.

    Cons

    Very large corp structure, can take time to get answers on pending projects. Budget forecasting is sometimes dictated what your response should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - GIS in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Techno sound and good opportunities

    Cons

    None right now, if I think of something I'll come back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff like working here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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