National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated March 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 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. Working for DDS has been an eye opening experience for me.

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Odessa, TX

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

    Pros

    The number one reason I like my job is the freedom it affords me. I am no longer at an 8 to 5 job behind a desk but outdoors in the wild where I enjoy being and I only work 2 weeks out of the month. It is the best feeling ever to drive, stop where you want to eat and not have a boss breathing down your neck as it usually is in an office environment.

    Cons

    The cons about my job is the inclement weather. Although I love being outdoors it is not the best feeling to be exposed to severe blizzards, cold, rainy and extreme hot weather. Being called out at 12:00 A.M. is also not a very good feeling but it comes with the territory. I do my job to the best of my ability no matter what the weather is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to not forget that they were once in your shoes. It sometimes seems as if management expects much more than what a person can endure. Management tends to pile up more and more workload on their field service people that is carried out by several people in the office. The field service technician carries out the grunt work that takes a great deal of effort (installation, configuration, commissioning of new equipment, upgrades, service tickets, etc...and getting the system up and running which means you have to be a jack of all trades) and on top of that has to do the work of the office clerk (billing and office documentation), the shop technician (repairs), customer care by keeping the customer happy and being the face of the company, we deliver on the sales people's promises, the supply technician (inventory and sending back damaged/non functional equipment) and any other special project that comes down the line.

    We do many people's work therefore have some consideration for your field service people and keep them happy because even though upper management and other departments line the work for the company, the company will not get very far at all, in fact will stop dead in its tracks if the field service guy quits on them. It will take the company considerable amount of money to hire and retrain a replacement not to mention the loss of business due to unsatisfied customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Disliked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Good benefits tools truck pc

    Cons

    They did not take into account your efforts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. I enjoy working at NOV

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    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and laid back atmosphere. Right now oil and gas jobs are being laid off, but NOV seems pretty loyal to its employees and have only laid off where it had to.

    Cons

    Pay is below average. Because the company has grown so quickly, most of the facilities are on a different ERP system so integration could be improved between business units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Not a bad place to work!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    I worked at NOV for several years as a Design Engineer. Depending upon position, there is a good balance between work and life and the bonuses are fantastic!

    Cons

    I have no reservations for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management

  6. Creative work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Line Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Product Line Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Invests in personnel and allows freedom/creativity at work. Strong safety culture.

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Salaries below average.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. Engineer

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with great opportunties

    Cons

    Lower compensation when compared to industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. good company

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    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    great benefits , flexible hours

    Cons

    too much drama since there are dif. racial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great first job!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Great first job out of college

    Cons

    Low pay, not a lot of room for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good company with benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime when oilfield is booming.

    Cons

    None that I wish to discuss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication with your employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great company, great people, great benifits.

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    Former Employee - General Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - General Designer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Diverse work experience, flexable hours, great opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Practices not consistant from facility to facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on intergrating the company more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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