National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
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Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Hard to move up, heavy workload providing no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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    Inspector, Tank Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Inspector in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Inspector in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Tipical benifits, politically correct charities and a vast ammount of work loads.

    Cons

    Rampant Nepitism as subsidiary (ma n pa shops) make up NOV's walls. Lack of a human eliment in real life employee scenarios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move in quickly after your mergers or even before, balance your network equally across your "empire". Hold your subsidiaries accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Buddy Buddy System At Elmar

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    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Health benefits, potential for overtime if you need it. Good people to work with but not socialize with. Promotions available if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke compared to other oil & gas industries. A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money. They are not held accountable for their roles in the future demise of this company. Advancements are based solely on who you kiss up to. Inexperienced workers are promoted based on the friendship and nepotism system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises to match other comparable companies are probably out of the question, but eliminating managing positions that can clearly be done by an average employee can give the company flexibility to pay more. But good luck with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    not good not good at all unsafe place to work

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    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    they had none they was not giving none out

    Cons

    they give you very little training no time off we worked 7 days a week 12 hours a day

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The crappest company I've ever worked for in my life !!

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    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Truth is if you're not white, you're not right. No growth within this company not less you kiss butt. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

    Cons

    The benefits are great. 401K, Heath, Dental and paid vacation time. There's no chance of growth within NOV. This company sucks big time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management team have their favorites and there's no fairness. Under pay sweatbox!! This is a company that discriminate against the disable. The whole management team at FM 529 are worthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Held Back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    good Benefits and nice people mostly. hours are good, most weekends off, early off on fridays

    Cons

    No chance to move up, terrible management, bad pay, favoritism from management, alot of lies from management, discrimination, quantity over quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new people. stop bogarding raises so that your bonuses are bigger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management is incompetent, yet they think they know everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get you head out of your *** and start to LISTEN TO OTHERS.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    stay far away

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    global operations - opportunity for lateral movement

    Cons

    pay, attitude of employees, nepotism, everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    die

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    NOV - Conroe Downhole Division

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Conroe, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Estblished product lines, engaged employees, quality products, solid customer base, and nice facilities.

    Cons

    No worklife balance, high employee turnover rate, excessive pressure to make improvements without agreed strategies, lack of owenership in responsibilities, false dataset being used in KPI's and the lack of acknowledgement of real data presented. The Conroe division spends too much time chasing problems and should become more employee friendly that would develop continous improvement and work environment for the employees and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up! Remove the polictical barriers and take action\support change. Quit demanding unrealistic goals without providing the support and financials to make the improvement. Sure do more with less is a good thing and should be expected, but to do all with nothing is not practical or realistic. Take a look at self before blaming other and stop the verbal threats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mind Boggling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    They have excellent benefits. Business always seems good so long term employment is a plus.

    Cons

    At the Sugarland facility management is terrible. You have to be in the inner circle to advance or be bad at your job. People are viewed as expendable so there is a large turnover in employees. You hardly ever see people smile out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a change in management from the top all the way down to the shops. Old leaders with old ideas or ones who just don't care about the people. It's stagnant and needs new fresh leadership who cares about the people who actually make production happen. Without the shop employees this facility and any other are useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Major Management Overhaul desperately needed.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    - Decent benefits
    - Very good and talented co-workers below the management level.
    - Overtime opportunities
    - Pretty flexible when it comes to taking leave or family emergencies.

    Cons

    * Im not sure about other facilities, just what Ive observed from this one over the years*
    - Notorious for lack of advancement opportunities. There are people here that truly do want to move up within the company but they either get sabatoged/blocked by their Supervisors or they just hire someone from the outside without any knowledge of the position.
    - "Good ol boy" system: There are many cases of favoritism and bias within the ranks. Its not what you know, but who you know. Management will hire friends or their friend's kids in positions they have no experience in.
    - Ultra low morale: The attitude on the floor is that there is zero incentive to go above and beyond and to just put in your 8 to 12 hours. There isnt any investment with the workers, if someone quits, they'll just hire people off the street for a low wage.
    - Low wages: This is the main reason that turn over is so high at this particular facility. There was a freeze on wages a couple years ago and there was chatter about bringing this facility up to other NOV's but that has not happened. Unfortunately, we've lost so many good people over the years from top to bottom because of this. In recent years, they cant even keep new hires and they will quit in short order.
    - Production over Safety: This is prolly the biggest problem Ive seen. They claim safety trumps production but that is a farce. This is an aging facility from the 1960's-1970's with infrastructure that is outdated and obsolete. The machines on the floor are very old and are fixed to just get the job done. There are many machines in which the emergency brakes do not work, have improper guards, and heavily leak oil. They aquire machines and tools at the cheapest price/quality possible. OSHA would seriously have a field day with all the discrepancies and safety hazards here. The management is more concerned with rushing out the product regardless if its within specifications or if the equipment works or not.
    - Zero input from below management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to get some new blood in upper management. All of the old guard, so to speak, are very set in their ways and cling onto ideas and principals that are not relevant now. I am adamant that to fix most of the cons listed above, the current regime needs to retire and be replaced. Corporate needs to give this place and its inner workings/policies a good hard look and act accordingly. This facility could very well have the potential to be the brightest star in the Houston area but will remain the dimmest if these outdated policies continue. We certainly have very good and loyal workers here but if the management could care less, then neither will they.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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