National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. Mechanical Engineer

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    • 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.


  2. 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


  3. 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Facility Request Processor

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    • 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.


  8. 5 stars

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, great benefits and great work life balance.

    Cons

    nothing really bad to say

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Ok...

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Nice Environment... There's not a lot of noise and drama.

    Cons

    There are not too many cons to working here. But you will feel as though you are being taken advantage of with the workload at times.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so cheap and claim that you don't have the money to pay your employees...you do.


  10. CWI

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CWI in Little New York, TX
    Former Employee - CWI in Little New York, TX

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a good place to be. Lot of stuff to learn w/ the possibly for advancement.

    Cons

    I didn't recognize any downsides to this company during my time here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. Helpful (2)

    Company with Unlimited Potential and Limited Managment

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

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

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

    Pros

    Generous Benefits; Excellent Work / Life Balance; Flexible Hours; Travel (Limited); Visibility to Company Management

    Cons

    Dysfunctional Management (Top --> Down); Lack of Accountability; Culture; Flat, Top Heavy Structure (Corporate)

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to management a renewed (or new) focus on not only finding talent, but cultivating and keeping talent be implemented and made a priority. While at NOV I witnessed beyond questionable decision making by management, Supervisors who took credit for subordinates work and then "threw them under the bus" at the first opportunity that it suited them. I was witness to supervisors not showing up to work for periods of up to a week at a time with absolutely no notification to their direct reports or their own supervisor. The level of organizational dysfunction that I witnessed at this company is unrivaled in my professional career. I cannot say that I would ever recommend a position at NOV to anyone I consider a friend. Really try and focus more on who is brining talent to the table and contributing to the goals of the team. Without that you will continue to build an organization that simply repels talent at every turn.



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