National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated April 26, 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 of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is generally good, although it depends on the position a lot (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Electrical Engineer

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for people with drive. The company has a multitude of projects and departments to find the right one. There is more stability here than in other companies when the price of oil goes down.

    Cons

    The salaries are below the industry average which then the company keeps a few too many below average workers. The downside of the company being so big is it can take a very long time to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries for the people who deserve it so the talent can stay in the company. Do more recognition of employee achievements.

  2. Family environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

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

    Pros

    It feels like you work with family

    Cons

    Salaries are not increasing as fast as needed

  3. Great management, great environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    I never wanted to kill myself. In fact, most days I found the job entertaining. Management did a great job of keeping me engaged and handing me additional responsibilities as I proved I could take them on.

    Cons

    A fairly old school culture. As a recent college graduate I'm sure there are more enjoyable experiences out there. Really not too much to complain about though. Left on good terms.

    Advice to Management

    I didn't feel like I was necessarily surrounded by the highest quality talent. A number of my coworkers were flat-out incompetent actually. Focus on human capital acquisition. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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  5. Operations Support Representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall there are great career opportunities.

    Cons

    Not good at giving raises.

  6. Good opportunities for High Potential employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

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

    Pros

    Cooperation is extremely valued and highly promoted in this company. Even with a large number of quality employees, it is not very difficult to stand out as exceptional and get recognized for outstanding work.

    Cons

    Low Base Pay - extremely bureaucratic system for getting raises or giving raises to employees - no clear policies for reimbursements which leads to confusion and frustration among employees.

  7. senior design engineer

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I believe I am a productive team member

    Cons

    No Stability No promises kept

  8. Helpful (1)

    Newer Acquisition

    Current Employee - Employee in Springfield, OH
    Current Employee - Employee in Springfield, OH

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Since acquisition, focus has been much more concentrated on Safety and consolidations, which allows us to see multiple ways of doing things and choosing the best method.

    Cons

    Many, many changes at facility levels, management levels, process levels, etc... Current culture, as most, very resistant to change so makes it sometimes challenging.

  9. Frankenstein

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very large with a lot of resources and talented people around you. With quite a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Too much red tape with all the policies. It is too big for its own good. It just buys companies that make money. Trying to continually bring in these mishmash of companies and make them fit as is does not work well.

    Advice to Management

    I don't often use buzz words but they seriously need synergy. Centralize certain aspects of your business. One group has no idea what the other group is doing or how they get things done. So much waste is going on it was hard to watch.

  10. medicore

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco as a contractor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    laid back work environment, good company to have on your resume

    Cons

    low pay, low hiring standards (managers are incompetent)

  11. Great company with a comfortable culture.

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are good for a company of this size. Comfortable culture and a low stress environment.

    Cons

    Large company with many seasoned veterans. Career path and direction are unknown. There is no known path for advancement. Seasoned veterans keep to themselves and are not inclusive of younger staff. Most people work with their nose down and there is little collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Give younger staff a sense of direction and something to strive for instead of just filling a chair.

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