National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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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 programs for salaried individuals" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money (in 11 reviews)

  • No work life balance and bad management" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. N/A

    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    You can grow within the company

    Cons

    Can be affected by oil & gas down fall

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Pump Package Assembler

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pump Package Assembly in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Pump Package Assembly in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I have the opportunity to work in a friendly work area, and the chance to improve to another level learning quick in any assignments I get to do.

    Cons

    No more bonuses, and sick days went from 40 hours a year, to 24 hours. They will stop matching the percentage we put in the 401 K

    Advice to Management

    I would like to work in a secure workplace, always giving the best of me, and having the change to move forward to succeed in every area I get to work in.


  3. Sr. Buyer

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits,Flexible Hours, great management to work with. Makes me want to get up and go to work every day.

    Cons

    A lot of special projects, a lot of people don't pull their weight and more work get pushed on people who are already over worked

    Advice to Management

    Know what people who report to you really do and redistribute work loads. Get rid of the people who don't pull their weight and promote the people who go above and beyond.


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  5. Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good product knowledge and involvement.

    Cons

    The industry is easily impacted by oil which causes many insignificant losses.

    Advice to Management

    Give potential people the opportunity to rise, rather than only keep what they are good at and not expanding or improving other skills.


  6. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    National Oilwell Varco is a leader in the industry. The range of products is the best in the industry.

    Cons

    There are really no significant cons.


  7. Acount Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company, great benefits, great people

    Cons

    Very big company, sometimes tough to get things done.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great company, excellent 401k, great for entry level

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to make mistakes and learn on the job, flexible hours, great coworkers, safety is priority

    Cons

    Non-gravel parking, no traffic control, unreasonable requests from management

    Advice to Management

    Don't force your agenda on employees, be reasonable and understand how the process works


  9. Applications Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for.

    Cons

    No cons what so ever. I only wish the downturn in workforce didn't happen.

    Advice to Management

    All is well and I understand how layoffs work.


  10. Be careful what you ask for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of very talented and dedicated people who want to do the right thing. Pay is high, but not as high as it should be.

    Cons

    Not nearly enough of the types of people mentioned above to deal with the demand.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the cycle on the "hero-manager" mentality.


  11. Good entry level job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to data and life-work balance

    Cons

    low pay and even lower advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    What is the point to train your employees if not willing to compensate their earned skill set?



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