National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 29, 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 programs for salaried individuals" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money (in 11 reviews)

  • No work life balance and bad management" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Pump Package Assembler

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pump Package Assembly in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Pump Package Assembly in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I have the opportunity to work in a friendly work area, and the chance to improve to another level learning quick in any assignments I get to do.

    Cons

    No more bonuses, and sick days went from 40 hours a year, to 24 hours. They will stop matching the percentage we put in the 401 K

    Advice to Management

    I would like to work in a secure workplace, always giving the best of me, and having the change to move forward to succeed in every area I get to work in.


  2. Sr. Buyer

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits,Flexible Hours, great management to work with. Makes me want to get up and go to work every day.

    Cons

    A lot of special projects, a lot of people don't pull their weight and more work get pushed on people who are already over worked

    Advice to Management

    Know what people who report to you really do and redistribute work loads. Get rid of the people who don't pull their weight and promote the people who go above and beyond.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Supervisors shipping and receiving at NOV

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    Current Employee - Shipper/Receiver Supervisor in Willis, TX
    Current Employee - Shipper/Receiver Supervisor in Willis, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great to place to work great benefits, great people, great products

    Cons

    Shutting down, layoffs when the oil bottoms out, no overtime

    Advice to Management

    Great people


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  5. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    National Oilwell Varco is a leader in the industry. The range of products is the best in the industry.

    Cons

    There are really no significant cons.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Layoff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits Bonus Plan Good Pay Great people

    Cons

    Business is heavily dependent on oil industry. Major layoffs and plant closures due to oil decline. Not very diversified. See stock price in relation to oil price per barrel.


  7. Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good product knowledge and involvement.

    Cons

    The industry is easily impacted by oil which causes many insignificant losses.

    Advice to Management

    Give potential people the opportunity to rise, rather than only keep what they are good at and not expanding or improving other skills.


  8. Acount Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company, great benefits, great people

    Cons

    Very big company, sometimes tough to get things done.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great company, excellent 401k, great for entry level

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to make mistakes and learn on the job, flexible hours, great coworkers, safety is priority

    Cons

    Non-gravel parking, no traffic control, unreasonable requests from management

    Advice to Management

    Don't force your agenda on employees, be reasonable and understand how the process works


  10. Applications Engineer

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for.

    Cons

    No cons what so ever. I only wish the downturn in workforce didn't happen.

    Advice to Management

    All is well and I understand how layoffs work.


  11. Manager

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Spring, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Spring, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding company was able to wirk with HR and sales.

    Cons

    It's in the energy field.

    Advice to Management

    Keep using lean and you will continue to grow.



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