National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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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. Small click of individuals call the shots - credentials or not

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    As mentioned in a previous post, if you're interested in getting involved in this industry.......they are a stepping stone don't plan any long range

    Cons

    you may want to pick up a third language...../French..........English don't apply there. They hire people that spend very little time/effort learning either language

    Advice to Management

    Every morning when you get up...........Spend a moment looking in the mirror and the person looking back at you


  2. inventory control assistant

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Oracle and OSP programs shipping and receiving

    Cons

    Poor planning and under managed to

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. crewman

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crewman in Houma, LA
    Former Employee - Crewman in Houma, LA

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

    Pros

    Very good job at the plant

    Cons

    None to say bad about the work at the plant

    Advice to Management

    Good job


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  5. Elmar equals poor job outlook

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech Writer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Tech Writer in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work on various elements

    Cons

    The oil prices plus the poor management of the NOV-Elmar group cost people their jobs.


  6. Awful Warehouse Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Orange, CA

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

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

    Pros

    It's a job. That's about it.

    Cons

    Every conceivable other thing.

    This is not a joke, just about every warehouse employee of NOV Orange are completely milking the system for hours. When day management goes home at 5pm and the evening managers/supervisors come on, then essentially all works drops to 50% productivity. I’ve been here for a long time, and I am saying with full honesty, the evening employees of the Warehouse are next to worthless. Being one of the few real workers who puts out 100% all of the time, I constantly have to pick up their slack. I’m sick of it, and I’m about two steps away from quitting this place for good. I get ZERO recognition for my work, while the other guys just skate through their jobs as well as life. I’m about done with it all.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the lazy sacks working in the Orange Whse, and hire some real workers.


  7. Overworked, Underpaid, Stressed

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Bryan, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer/Analyst in Bryan, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Some people that I worked with were pretty intelligent and enjoyable.
    Health benefits were nice.

    Cons

    - Corporate
    Corporate office is oblivious to individual facilities. They only seem to care about facilities remaining profitable, which is evident through their bonus structure, as well as many other aspects of everyday business. They also require that every piece of computer equipment is bought through them, and they charge their subsidiaries a ridiculous premium for it. If I remember correctly, they charged about $4000 for a laptop that is $1500 to $2000 from Dell.

    My Facility
    Some of the smartest and hard-working people are actually on the bottom of the food chain but constantly made aware that they are in fact on the bottom. For instance, I was told on a Thursday that I was required to go to a customer's job site over the weekend, so I requested off the following Monday to get a break, see my family, etc. I was made aware by several people "above" me that employees are usually required to at least give two weeks notice before taking a day off, but they would let me take it because I was still new. Apparently, they can freely take away employees scheduled time off, but expect to be give substantial notice going the opposite direction.
    - I had an office / computer job and didn't have a computer for more than a week after starting.
    - I was told this was a 40 hour job in the interview, then found out it was REQUIRED 50 hours, and there were several weeks, I worked 60+. (I was only at this job for 3 and a half months)
    - Pay didn't reflect hours worked or job requirements. Not even close.
    - Computer equipment I did finally get was very poor, outdated, slow, and crashed constantly. Anytime I complained about it, I would get blamed.
    - Constantly mocked and watched over by managers
    - Many, many, MANY more...

    Advice to Management

    Corporate office needs to take more care into individual facilities other than how much money, they are bringing in. Possibly have systems in place to find out what the employees think of their managers. Maybe, this way you wouldn't have such high turnover. Facility managers need to understand that times have changed, technology is advancing, and sometimes your employees know something you don't. So don't treat them like garbage. Maybe, this way you wouldn't have such high turnover (to be redundant).


  8. Helpful (2)

    Hostile work environment

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Relatively stable, except now that the price of oil is dropping.

    Cons

    Management by temper tantrum is not only accepted, but rewarded. Verbal abuse is common.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Very poor management.

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for field engineers.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Good ole boy club is an understatement.

    Advice to Management

    Start vetting your managers better. Make sure they didn't just get hired because of who they are friends with.


  10. PAYROLL MANAGER

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Payroll Manager in Veracruz, Veracruz (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Payroll Manager in Veracruz, Veracruz (Mexico)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary is good but nit for all employee
    The performance Bonus is good but not for all

    Cons

    The job environment is bad is like a government office
    The facilities are very uglier


  11. Helpful (2)

    It's a mans world

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent salary for employees and nice bonus plan when goals are met. Promotes from within the company as much as possible.

    Cons

    Men are allowed to say anything without any without any repercussions. They physically threaten other employees, yell, curse and blatantly break rules set in place. Managers will curse you for doing your job and discuss sexual acts openly in the lunch room. At any point if you defend yourself they tell the HR manager and you are reprimanded. Even after being provided proof of what male employees have done she states that she isn't concerned with what they did. Employees know and talk about her actions but are scared to report her. A female executive has commented that the HR manager is a bully and harassed employees but stated she can't report her and become her next target. The HR manger also is known for twisting statements to make them what she want and has physically put her hands on employees in a threatening manner.

    Advice to Management

    Set up an anonymous helpline for your employees to report issues n the workplace. Make sure there are protocols in place where managers are notified of incidents before HR is contacted. Investigate your HR manager and her tactics.



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