National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Stable laid-back environment

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is as stable as any gets in this day and age. At least withing the corporate side of things it wasn't a high-pressure job so there wasn't an overabundance of work related stress. If you're ambitious and have goals of moving up the career chain there seemed to be opportunities for that.

    Cons

    Not a very structured review cycle. Unless your motivated to take charge of your career don't expect much change to be initiated by management. Overall compensation seemed a bit below par.

    Advice to Management

    Formalize employee performance metrics and develop ways to identify and reward hard-working employees without them initiating the process.

  2. Good place to work now

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Techno sound and good opportunities

    Cons

    None right now, if I think of something I'll come back

    Advice to Management

    Your staff like working here

  3. Inspector, Tank Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, learn something new every day

    Cons

    There Are not any cons to this job

    Advice to Management

    No advice to give management, keep up good work

  6. Large company, ability to move around

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world.

    Cons

    Because it's so large, visibility is a challenge. Challenging status quo is not a good thing here.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees and open to disruptive technologies.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not the place for movers and shakers

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting place to work, challenging assignments. Good vacation policy great benefits package. Generally a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Complete change in corporate culture post Varco merger. Very risk averse, unwilling to take on disruptive technology, promotion based on causing least pain rather than creating most opportunity. They do not value employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take a chance. Develop a small company mentality--experiment with small start ups within NOV and treat them like Venture Capitalists do--some will pay off big time, most won't but the experience will be tremendously valuable in any case.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Laid back with the right boss

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities are available if you seek for them. Ask around to get trained in other positions. Learn whatever you can and you'll move up.

    Cons

    Hours are sometimes long but the industry is mostly like this so there aren't that many choices.

    Advice to Management

    Communication!! Departments don't talk to each other about what's going on. Upper management never lets employees know what's going on with the company. It doesn't feel like a community.

  9. Great opportunity for younger generation.

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    ,Good benefits, some advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of adequate communication from managers and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan and stick to it.

  10. It seemed like a good start but then things changed.

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything seemed okay at first with good benefits, retirement and the like. The management was strong with great projections for the future.

    Cons

    Our company was bought then promptly sold off in a matter of a year after much assurance that NOV would never do such a thing.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more forthcoming with your new acquisitions and they may trust you a little more.

  11. Machinist

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefit to work place

    Cons

    do many thing and learn more

    Advice to Management

    good to work

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