National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
360 Reviews
3.5
360 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.  

    It's been great.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    A lot of growth opportunity.

    Cons

    There are absolutely no cons to this company. If I could think of a perfect company it wouldn't even come close to NOV.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Good culture, great employees, fair opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Employees at some locations could be harder working

  3.  

    It's who you know more than what you know and do.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company overall to work for in Houston that gives one opportunities to learn different business sides and how it works in the oil and gas industry.

    Cons

    Like in all companies it’s who you know that moves you up the ladder of success and not what you know or done for a better bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t close the door on others not in your circle of acquaintances

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Has its pros and cons

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good travel opportunities, good career growth

    Cons

    Poor quality middle management who don't do their jobs well, low salary compared to rest of industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great People

    • 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

    Pros

    Atmosphere, I like my supervisor.

    Cons

    Non yet. I have been here almost 6 months. I cant find any even if I wanted to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Okay Company, Good starting point to the industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work if you're interested in the oil and gas industry. I worked there only a very short time as I didn't feel it was a good fit for me, but NOV as a company seemed fairly decent. Co-workers were friendly and helpful, although not much training was provided. It was really a learn-as-you-go kind of job. Pay was standard for the industry. Benefits provided after 3 months. Very big company with many different divisions, various room for advancement.

    Cons

    Managers didn't seem to be around often, which could be good or bad depending on your viewpoint. You were required to work overtime and on-call on weekends. Long hours. No flexibility with hours or break times.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bad Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    good benefits, bonus and laid back work

    Cons

    bad managers, no job growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pampa, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pampa, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    knowledge of many things good benefits

    Cons

    to many chiefs not enough indians

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so lazy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not good for a family man or anyone with a life out side of work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Willis, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Willis, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    I enjoy the type of work and guys I work with. Great line leads.

    Cons

    I am a machine operator. NOV bought our our previous company R&M. Since they bought our company 3 years ago, they have not given any raises. We use to volunteer for the weekend s and always had plenty for the shift, It is now mandatory to come in every weekend. We have 1-2days off each month. The last several weekends they didn't have any work for us so we swept the floor Saturday and Sunday for our entire shift. So they have us come in even when they don't have work for us to do.

    Managers and office personnel receive their weekends and holidays off. Personnel that work in the shop work all holidays. This is not a place to work if you enjoy spending time with your family. No pay increases, and only 1 - 2 day off work each month even when they don't have any work. When they give us a day off like Thanksgiving, they wait until the end of your shift the night before the holiday. So you can't ever make plans. This year I sent my wife to have Thanksgiving with our family since I though I had to work. I would have enjoyed being with my family had I known I had that day off.

    New hires now come from a temp agency and make more than veteran employee's that have been there for more than 5 yrs. It does not pay to have loyalty to this company. I enjoy the job and the type of work. This job is better suited to a single person that does not have a family or someone who doesn't want to do anything other than work. They also.

    As employee's move up to other positions they are not given raises, just more responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there isn't any work, let the guys have the weekend off. And let them know before they come in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone treats you like family. They are all so respective and very helpful. Management is very flexible and will work with you no matter what situation you're in. They help you find other jobs within the company if that's what you want.

    Cons

    Salary is a little less than what I was hoping for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You are great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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