National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 3, 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. not excellent, but It's OK

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    - decent salary - benefits - ok, management - coworkers

    Cons

    - no stable job since depends how oil prices are ( i.e. now there is a lot of uncertainty about keep your job) - boring projects no much opportunity to grow - no flexible hours/ no telecommute allowed

    Advice to Management

    Need to invest more in people not only focus and prioritize acquisitions.


  2. Great Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic Environment, flexible working hours, great training, and room for advancement and growth.

    Cons

    While the company is flexible with hours, there is so much to do and not enough hours in the day to get it all done.


  3. It's a job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

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

    Pros

    Benefits are okay Having a job

    Cons

    Going downhill fast Management lacking Good ol' boy mentality


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  5. Mechanical Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very Solid Company, Management is excellent and layback and trust you that you will do your work, give you freedom to express you ideas. Opportunity to move up.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything to say about this, I believe this is an excellent company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    I am really pleased with the management on this Company, I appreciate their hard work.


  6. Quality Technician

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for good growth with in the company as well.

    Cons

    management, hours , location , overtime

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  7. Oil & Gas Equipment Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Company to enter the Oil & Gas Business

    Cons

    High turn over of essential managers


  8. Service Tech

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Tech in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Service Tech in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, all the overtime you could want, great benefits, and a great management team to work for. If you ever have a problem, they find a way to fix it, especially if it is a personal family situation.

    Cons

    Long hours, adverse weather conditions, heavy lifting.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for. The team environment is very rewarding, the work/life balance great and the benefits are better than any of the previous companies I have worked for.

    Cons

    Parking, although free, can be hard to find at my location if you arrive later in the morning or if you come back from a late lunch.


  10. Trainer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Cedar Park, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My supervisor was great at helping me advance in skills

    Cons

    Cyclical with price of oil. Training seems to be the first to get cut


  11. Helpful (1)

    Facility Request Processor

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, people mind their own business and leave you alone for the most part. Manager is weird and full of themselves of course, but don't really have time for anyone or anything.

    Cons

    Low Pay, I was expecting salary and I am an hourly employee under $17 per hour, college graduate. I am learning what to ask in interviews. I really needed the job but still looking.

    Advice to Management

    Need to communicate better, and be more fun. They take their jobs too seriously and treat us like the scum of the earth.



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