National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX

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

3.5
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Short but rewarding.

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    Current Employee - CNC Machinist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Large company with good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many procedures kill productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Varied 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.

    Cons

    Inconsistent 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    buyer

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    Current Employee - Buuyer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buuyer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    good company and never lays off.

    Cons

    great people but low pay compared to other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase $

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An eye-opening experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great Work Culture, Understanding and supportive management

    Cons

    Stagnant carrier opportunities, salary compensation better at competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    at nov I was a material handler

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    Former Employee - Material Handler  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco for more than a year

    Pros

    about learning and see how the company works

    Cons

    the place I was management change ever six months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hard working and willing to learn more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Larger company

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    Former Employee - Cost Accountant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in 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 ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    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

    Many opportunities to improve and advance. Many resources available to employees. Very good benefits. Job security.

    Cons

    Processes and systems not as advanced. Difficulty getting responses from manufacturing facilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Exciting place to come to work everyday

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities. Work hard, produce results, and you'll move up

    Cons

    not as structured as other companies in terms of employee grade and salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a unified strategy that enables collaboration among the different divisions for growth opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Easy going with crests and troughs of work.

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

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

    Pros

    If you like to take it easy..

    Cons

    Poor pay. Older management comes with a stingy mindset of paying less. Better to hire more than one person for the job so that each can be paid less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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