National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
331 Reviews
3.5
331 Reviews
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great People - Great Place to Work - NOV PCG WLY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Development Specialist - Machining in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supplier Development Specialist - Machining in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of things on the move at our company. The people are excellent and normally treat you like Family.
    Leadership is getting better at our Division and there are many things in process to help NOV improve.
    Like all companies, there is good and bad but just remember - the grass always appears greener on the other side.
    Keep in mind what may make it greener - and try not to step in it. We are growing as an organization, and are very stable. Pete Miller (DNOW currently) was an excellent Leader with a Vision, one I believed in - we at NOV
    do miss him but Clay Williams may be more tactical which may work to NOV's and DNOW's advantage long term.
    Both are excellent Leaders, and people. We are made up from the core companies and have grown thru both acquisition and modernization. This takes adding structure, organization and takes time.
    Looking forward to working with NOV long term, not interested in chasing a buck.
    Yes we tend to pay a little less, but the benefits are good and the people are even better.
    We are getting better every day. The old ERP is on the way out and we will have a better system.

    The Management in the last year has made more positive strides in the last year than the 5 previous.
    Our Future is Bright!

    Cons

    We tend to hire less skilled people with degrees at lower rates, then they gain experience and move on.
    Need more Design Engineering support - There is not enough time, to save time and money.
    We are on the lower end regarding pay, benefits and bonus.
    If you do not like your current position - look for something else - within NOV.
    You will find your place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always hire the best available applicant. When there is time, help them develop their skills.
    At times a degree means less than a pot of beans when it comes to experience. Having both would be good.
    Put Engineers on the floor for a short time so they better understand their products regarding what is critical.
    Need more Engineering support - There is not enough time, to save time and money.
    IF you can get 6 jobs a day done, there will be 14 on your plate. Fix it on the front end.
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
    We could stand to adjust up a little toward "market value" regarding pay, retirement and bonuses.
    Training. Training, Training - More Process Improvement, development employees and systems.
    Keep plugging away. We are moving in the right direction. Thanks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    NOV as a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    NOV has great financials as a company and is presently in transition to become a technology innovator within our business segment. Career options are vast and employees encouraged to look within NOV for career growth. The benefits from health, vacation, and bonus structure are excellent.

    Cons

    NOV has grown through acquisition over the years which tends to make the company feel like a corporation made up of 100's upon 100's of small companies. The company has been standardizing processes and company business systems over the last few years to address the issue and provide a more cohesive company and culture. To some extent the current mix of different cultures and vast business units make the company feel somewhat like a home grown company that the employees are helping build. For some of us that is the attraction of NOV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the focus on driving technical innovation, investing in the employees long term, and keep up the shareholder returns. NOV is a great company to join and retire from long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was a beneficial experience for my career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work hours are flexible, colleagues willing to help. Great benefits and work environment. Was first job experience after college. Its a growing company that allows room for you to move up.

    Cons

    Pay is good, but not necessarily great compared to others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    This company has a good vibe, positive attitude

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation up front, unlimited sick days, Fridays only work until noon (in MN), decent pay, decent work hours, good friendly environment, people work hard but also maintain a good family/personal life balance.

    A lot of intelligence and knowledge of current workers/management.

    Cons

    The MN location is dated and not as well known as the parent location in Houston, TX.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a positive work environment, very pleased. Good pay and good benefits.
    One bit of advice - the MN location needs a new building, too cold in winter and too hot in summer and it's dated. I'm a bit embarrassed when clients arrive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist

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

    Pros

    good benefits, really good pay, it's pretty consistent hours, nothing too outrageous!

    Cons

    nothing is really too challenging about working here. don't have any concerns!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome Compnay to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good environment, learn something new every day

    Cons

    There Are not any cons to this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give management, keep up good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is the company for a lifelong career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA

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

    Pros

    Thos company demonstrates a true ppreciation for its people. The company drives teamwork and promotes employee development.

    Cons

    None to speak of or worthy of mentioning!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Seem to care for their employees. They support continued training and will pay for other training opportunities People are great and many chances to travel. Insurance is great.

    Cons

    Pay may be a little low compared to other Oil and Gas companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love my job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I have been here for over 5 years and have been in several positions. Each position gets better and better! As long as you come into work and do your job, you will succeed.

    Cons

    None, I actually left NOV and came back a year later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only thing is...watch how employees treat others. No one likes mean people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Accountant
    Current Employee - Cost Accountant

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good pay, great people

    Cons

    locations may require commuting, systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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