National Oilwell Varco
3.4 of 5 260 reviews
www.nov.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.4 260 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

National Oilwell Varco Chairman, President, CEO, and Director Pete Miller Jr.

Pete Miller Jr.

(159 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There is an excellent work/life balance in my position"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Very diverse company with lots of opportunities across the globe"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Middle management does not see or share the vision"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Needs to integrate units better to act a large company"
    in 5 reviews
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    The crappest company I've ever worked for in my life !!

    Shipping (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsTruth is if you're not white, you're not right. No growth within this company not less you kiss butt. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

    ConsThe benefits are great. 401K, Heath, Dental and paid vacation time. There's no chance of growth within NOV. This company sucks big time

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management team have their favorites and there's no fairness. Under pay sweatbox!! This is a company that discriminate against the disable. The whole management team at FM 529 are worthless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    ProsIf you enjoy sitting at a desk for 9 hours a day and being forced to listen to your boss's talk about her personal life then this is job for you

    ConsUnderstaffed, underpaid, and no chance of advancing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the pay and replace the operations manager in San Antonio

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sugar Land, TX

    Prosgood Benefits and nice people mostly. hours are good, most weekends off, early off on fridays

    ConsNo chance to move up, terrible management, bad pay, favoritism from management, alot of lies from management, discrimination, quantity over quality.

    Advice to Senior Managementget new people. stop bogarding raises so that your bonuses are bigger.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsIf you don't like your job, you can transfer into a new position every 6 months.

    ConsManagement is incompetent, yet they think they know everything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet you head out of your *** and start to LISTEN TO OTHERS.

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    Not a good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Little Rock, AR

    ProsNo pros to speak of

    ConsManagement is very pro senior and very rude. They show no respect to the younger generation. The company is not doing well at all and constantly have lay offs. They pay very poorly. Please stay away!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage. Show some respect to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    stay far away

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Prosglobal operations - opportunity for lateral movement

    Conspay, attitude of employees, nepotism, everything

    Advice to Senior Managementdie

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    NOV - Conroe Downhole Division

    Manufacturing Manager (Former Employee)
    Conroe, TX

    ProsEstblished product lines, engaged employees, quality products, solid customer base, and nice facilities.

    ConsNo worklife balance, high employee turnover rate, excessive pressure to make improvements without agreed strategies, lack of owenership in responsibilities, false dataset being used in KPI's and the lack of acknowledgement of real data presented. The Conroe division spends too much time chasing problems and should become more employee friendly that would develop continous improvement and work environment for the employees and customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up! Remove the polictical barriers and take action\support change. Quit demanding unrealistic goals without providing the support and financials to make the improvement. Sure do more with less is a good thing and should be expected, but to do all with nothing is not practical or realistic. Take a look at self before blaming other and stop the verbal threats.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mind Boggling

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sugar Land, TX

    ProsThey have excellent benefits. Business always seems good so long term employment is a plus.

    ConsAt the Sugarland facility management is terrible. You have to be in the inner circle to advance or be bad at your job. People are viewed as expendable so there is a large turnover in employees. You hardly ever see people smile out there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be a change in management from the top all the way down to the shops. Old leaders with old ideas or ones who just don't care about the people. It's stagnant and needs new fresh leadership who cares about the people who actually make production happen. Without the shop employees this facility and any other are useless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work if you find family irrelevant, love a crushing workload, and have no outside life

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Cedar Park, TX

    ProsReasonably competitive salaries
    Some good product ideas
    Many of the

    ConsLittle strategic planning
    Use layoffs rather than planning to manage the cyclical nature of oilfield service revenues
    Engineering staff careens from disaster to disaster; "fight the biggest fire" mentality
    Not many employees over 55

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in R&D with the understanding that not every idea works or results in a salable product; that's why it's research.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    they do not pay well

    Iside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Prosit is not a very far drive from home, I have my own office,

    Consto much drama and seperation from outside sales and inside sales and stuff backstabbing throwing people under the buss

    Advice to Senior Managementpay your good employees more (what they deserve)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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