National Oilwell Varco
3.4 of 5 260 reviews
www.nov.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.4 260 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

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

Pete Miller Jr.

(159 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Constantly learning about the industry

    Buyer/Planner (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

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

    ConsSalary is not very competitive

    Advice to Senior Managementmake salaries more competitive to keep turnover low.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat benefits, job security, work environment.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Opportunity

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsWorld 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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementtake time to know your direct reports

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Global Marketing (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

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

    ConsLess 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 Senior ManagementBetter pay

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They are a good company to work for. Very innovative in their products

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEasy going culture. Promote creativity and thinking outside the box

    ConsSalaries are lower than market

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Expediter was my job duties.

    Expeditor (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsI have the the ability to get the job done!

    ConsI have a lot of experiences in this field.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like a chance to show you what I have to offer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Have worked at NOV for over 5 years, great work environment.

    Warehouse Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Houma, LA

    ProsAt NOV you can work at a pace you're comfortable with, without having a supervisor all over you all the time. Very strong on safety, as well as exceptional work etics.Good working teams.Great place to work.

    ConsNOV tends to focus more on their operations in Houston in regards to family days, employee appreciation events, and many other events that take place in Texas. They need to remeber other facilities outside of Texas,like in Louisiana they bring alot to NOV both finiacally, as well as team leaders and safe work environments. Also down South there's no room for advancement no matter how great you are at what you do, they only reply that you are maxed out in pay at you position, stop comparing positions look at individuals not the set pay scale for a position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNOV is a very rapid growing company so employee pay should reflect this, a evaluation for a raise every 18 months is just not cutting it when your steadly buying other companies, but letting exisiting employees live from paycheck to paycheck, without even thinking about the cost of living increasing daily. Management consider this " How do you want your family to live in regards to everyday functions in the household"?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge working for NOV

    Senior Credit Analyst (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsVery stable and growing organization. Excellent benefits. Continuing educational opportunity.

    ConsThe are very large and growing faster than the staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining and accountability is an issue company wide.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company, great group

    Network Engineer (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros-Great workplace
    -Flexible Hours
    -Smart Management
    -Boss easy to talk to
    -Training opportunities

    Cons-Seems like pay is a bit low and not competitive to other oil companies in the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay up to industry standard

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Willing to help you grow.

    Assistant Controller (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsKey people who work hard are given opportunities to prove themselves.

    ConsPay is generally lower than other companies for comparable jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetain good employees by giving annual raises.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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