National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
280 Reviews

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Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Some problems with middle management (in 7 reviews)

  • no work life balance and bad management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, great group

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay up to industry standard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience as an intern

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management was understanding of intern situation. Very flexible.

    Cons

    You need to make your voice be heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for growth opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Willing to help you grow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Controller  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Controller in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay is generally lower than other companies for comparable jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain good employees by giving annual raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's a great Company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    NOV is a company who invests in it's employees training and advancement. Keeps advancing with new technologies and improves on the older proven technologies to keep a good financial position in the industry. It's business model is excellent.

    Cons

    The salaries lag behind others in the same field. Needs to move more to a field service company in some of it's products to help diversify in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost of living raises needs to be equal across the board and not more generous to just the upper management. It actually improves productivity when employees feel the company appreciates the work that's put in to make the company what it is. Upper management tells it's underlings what it wants, but we make it happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company, Good People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The people. Everyone is friendly and easy to work with. Benefits are decent and you have a large selection to meet your needs. Salary is comparable to other companies.

    Cons

    VERY large company and trying to connect with intercompany contacts can be trying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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.  

    Great job to start off and get your foot in the door

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great drilling experience, it is left up to you on what you make out of it, creative environment, and laid back bosses.

    Cons

    Internal trainings are awful and a waste of time, it takes forever to do anything outside of your team, a lot of meetings, too many finger in your pie, and hard to get rid of people that do not do their daily job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send employees to outside training, better raises that are not based on how your team does but how you do and none of the this is the max percentage that was passed down to corporate it discourages your people to be motivated to work harder, do retention bonuses, and be competitive in salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Trying to grind through not having more than two days off a month

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist  in  Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Conroe, TX

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

    Pros

    Plenty of o.t. good pay great benefits okay food stressful environment!!!!!

    Cons

    Only two days off a month!!!!!! 12 hours a day for 13 days straight have no time with family or friends can't get anything else done with only two days off!!!!!! Bull$&!@ !!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sunday should be optional we need time to recharge or at least every other weekend off both sat/Sun. Seriously come on!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place for Entry Level

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

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

    Pros

    Management @ 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to communicate better with employees about goals and how to move up in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote dept interaction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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