National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
309 Reviews
3.5
309 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Hard to move up, heavy workload providing no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stable laid-back environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The company is as stable as any gets in this day and age. At least withing the corporate side of things it wasn't a high-pressure job so there wasn't an overabundance of work related stress. If you're ambitious and have goals of moving up the career chain there seemed to be opportunities for that.

    Cons

    Not a very structured review cycle. Unless your motivated to take charge of your career don't expect much change to be initiated by management. Overall compensation seemed a bit below par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize employee performance metrics and develop ways to identify and reward hard-working employees without them initiating the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, really good pay, it's pretty consistent hours, nothing too outrageous!

    Cons

    nothing is really too challenging about working here. don't have any concerns!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Professional people, very strong financially

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Leader in the petroleum industry. Has been in business for a long time, isn't going away.

    Cons

    Very large corp structure, can take time to get answers on pending projects. Budget forecasting is sometimes dictated what your response should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I like the corporate culture right here

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance and benefit package is really good.

    Cons

    pay is below average what we do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work now

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

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

    Pros

    Techno sound and good opportunities

    Cons

    None right now, if I think of something I'll come back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff like working here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very satusfying entry level experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND
    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND

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

    Pros

    They are a large company which means they have a lot of resources. They have good training programs.

    Cons

    They are a large company and the employee often feels like they are not a part of the company, but just a number.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome Compnay to work for

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment, learn something new every day

    Cons

    There Are not any cons to this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give management, keep up good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A very amateurish company from top to bottom. HydraRig Ft Worth decision.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    2 weeks vacation on day one. A steady job if you don't expect advancemant or raises worth a darn. A sense of comradery because everyone there knows they are in the same horrible situation.

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry. Big turnaround, constantly having to train new employees because the hiring requirements are low (finding out the new hire doesn't know what a crescent wrench is is quite the norm). Dealing with supervisors that don't supervise. A typical work day through my 3 years involved showing up everyday with little idea what I was going to do that day, was self trained from day one, supervisor provided no guidence , no positive reinforcement, no training. New rules were created on a weekly basis, maybe a power trip mentality. Whatever the employee guidelines are on day one, expect them to change dozens of times. Safety is a big issue at HydraRig, they talk a good game and do their monthly safety meetings but nothing is ever implemented, you hardly ever see HSE staff walking the facilities. Favoritism is also a huge problem. Another issue is work schedules and department placement, supervisors will move you to departments you have no experience in and you are left to your own devices with no training or guidance. Schedules change daily without notice, 8 hours Monday, then out of the blue 10 on Tuesday, back to 8, the from no where mandatory Saturday. No consistency. The shops are normally a mess, equipment is old and dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What would sum up my advice is for management to actually care about the rank and file. Bring pay up to industry standard for assemblers of oilfield equipment. Bring safety up to OSHA standards. Provide new equipment and higher quality ppe. Train supervisors to actually..... Supervise and not just sit around collecting a paycheck. Show some appreciation for your guys once and a while, maybe a "good job". Hire qualified people and close the revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A Good Place to Start

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Minimal oversight, travel pay, a good start for people who want to get into the oilfield. The work is often very easy with little complications.

    Cons

    Usually understaffed in the field. The work can be easy, but it can become very difficult with little support. Working as a righand, you have other workers to help you. In this position, however, you are usually working alone. Expect to buy most of your own tools and equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A slightly more competitive pay and accomodations for equipment purchased would make field operations much more attractive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Large company, ability to move around

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world.

    Cons

    Because it's so large, visibility is a challenge. Challenging status quo is not a good thing here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with employees and open to disruptive technologies.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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