National Oilwell Varco
3.4 of 5 229 reviews
www.nov.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.4 116 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

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

Pete Miller Jr.

(76 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

ProsIf you don't like your job, you can transfer into a new position every 6 months.

ConsManagement is incompetent, yet they think they know everything.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet you head out of your *** and start to LISTEN TO OTHERS.

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Great Place for Entry Level

Paralegal (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsManagement @ Corporate is very relaxed, they offer plenty of training, and are big in giving back to the community. CEO is very down to earth, and makes great business decisions, it's a shame he left the company.

ConsPay is decent, haven't been here long enough to get a detailed perspective. Wish there was more room to grow here.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure to communicate better with employees about goals and how to move up in the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place.

Accountant (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsThis place has great pay. Some room to move up.

ConsThe culture is very dry and reserved. Needs to work on promoting more interaction.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote dept interaction

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

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NOV is a company with low barriers to entry for career fields in any area, not just your intial job role.

Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsVaried work and great opportunities available, travel, dynamic company, and good benefits. On the whole, there are many career options at NOV if you take advantage of them.

ConsInconsistent corporate culture, lacking standard practices or policies in many areas, formal career advancement and direction often lacking. In contrast to the ability to move and work in different areas there may be few formal paths to advancement and frequent shuffling of people and organizations may sometimes change opportunities in an undesirable direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementFrom one manager to another there is much inconsistency in approach to career development and even interpretation of basic company policy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Buuyer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

Prosgood company and never lays off.

Consgreat people but low pay compared to other companies

Advice to Senior Managementincrease $

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

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An eye-opening experience

Intern (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsGreat people I worked with; very friendly and welcoming, as well as hard working. Opened my eyes to all the opportunities available in Houston. Made me realize I wanted to pursue a career focused on energy.

ConsWas not there long enough to have a bad opinion on anything.

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

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Short but rewarding.

CNC Machinist (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsLarge company with good benefits.

ConsToo many procedures kill productivity.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat Work Culture, Understanding and supportive management

ConsStagnant carrier opportunities, salary compensation better at competitors

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

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at nov I was a material handler

Material Handler (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at National Oilwell Varco for more than a year

Prosabout learning and see how the company works

Consthe place I was management change ever six months

Advice to Senior Managementhard working and willing to learn more

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

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Larger company

Cost Accountant (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

Pros- You will develop skills that you didn't have when you started.
- many business units to transfer or promote into
- managers are available for support

Cons- large company that you might never be seen by uppity manager
- acquisition company so your location may not be on same erp as your other business partners
- business processes may not be documented for newly acquired companies

Advice to Senior Managementrate your employees performance pe

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

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