National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
330 Reviews
3.5
330 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 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.  

    Inspector, Tank Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Inspector in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Inspector in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Tipical benifits, politically correct charities and a vast ammount of work loads.

    Cons

    Rampant Nepitism as subsidiary (ma n pa shops) make up NOV's walls. Lack of a human eliment in real life employee scenarios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move in quickly after your mergers or even before, balance your network equally across your "empire". Hold your subsidiaries accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Top Management is intolerant and hides behind smokescreens.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Global structure, Culturall knowledge, good opportunities for travelling, friendly atmosphere between collueuges.

    Cons

    Old technology, conservative management, tolerance is low.
    Slow action on customer demands. Customer value for money is low and will bite back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start realizing that improvements needs active engagement not tiresome smokescreens
    stop wasting time and money on multiple useless admin systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Top 5 Worst Companies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pressure Control Group in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pressure Control Group in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company monopolizes the oil and gas industry which means you will always have a job.

    Cons

    Complete lack of ethics, training & accountability. This company is so big it not only bullies other competitors and their suppliers, but also their own employees. It's also not what you know, it's who you know to get anywhere in this company regardless of your contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all the nepotism and hiring of friends and start hiring people that have the right experience and work ethic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Buddy Buddy System At Elmar

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    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, potential for overtime if you need it. Good people to work with but not socialize with. Promotions available if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke compared to other oil & gas industries. A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money. They are not held accountable for their roles in the future demise of this company. Advancements are based solely on who you kiss up to. Inexperienced workers are promoted based on the friendship and nepotism system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises to match other comparable companies are probably out of the question, but eliminating managing positions that can clearly be done by an average employee can give the company flexibility to pay more. But good luck with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nov bought out Reed Hycalog and now company loosening money blamed on employees & Supervisor's

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    None well insurance and benefits.

    Cons

    No stool's to get off feet even tho you work 12hr. 7 days. No talking, no break room they took them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little pay if on your vacation and you don't answer your phone your fired.

  7.  

    not good not good at all unsafe place to work

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    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    they had none they was not giving none out

    Cons

    they give you very little training no time off we worked 7 days a week 12 hours a day

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from Hydrarig/Enerflow divisions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Since each division of NOV operates independently there are going to be a wide variety of everyone's experiences. Some divisions are quite well run.

    Cons

    In the Hydrarig/Enerflow division (Calgary, AB):
    -Communication down from management and between departments is lacking
    -Lack of training
    -No performance evaluations or wage review processes
    -IT is understaffed
    -Hiring office staff for hourly jobs at low wages and expecting people to make up the difference in overtime.
    -managers (claim to) lack the authority to adjust wages in their own division, requiring authorization from Houston

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in management and bring in a management team that can build a successful culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The crappest company I've ever worked for in my life !!

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    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Truth 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside sales San Antonio

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If 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

    Cons

    Understaffed, underpaid, and no chance of advancing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay and replace the operations manager in San Antonio

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Held Back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No chance to move up, terrible management, bad pay, favoritism from management, alot of lies from management, discrimination, quantity over quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new people. stop bogarding raises so that your bonuses are bigger.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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