National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
289 Reviews
3.5
289 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 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Some problems with middle management (in 7 reviews)

  • no work life balance and bad management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Growing too fast?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    With so many acquisitions in such a short period of time, there is never a shortage of things to do nor a shortage of talent and possibly best practices to integrate into current businesses.

    Cons

    From the position I held from an acquired company, it seemed like some of their benefits and other policies/programs are a bit old school. It feels like they spend all of their time integrating new business that they don't have the time, with the people they have, to really analyze what they offer and see if it needs upgrading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointed of our management, its the SCHOOL OF THE BUDDY SYSTEM.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Insurance and benefits, but in reality the employee is really paying for these.

    Cons

    Low pay, days off behind for amount of hours worked. Older managers are intimidated by the young because of fresh ideas these people generate. Definitely office personal are sub par for the jobs. Promotions are based on the buddy system not on their qualifications. Laid back attitude in office. And NO I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire young educated people as managers and watch the attitude change and the increase in sales and profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential ruined by major problems.

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    Former Employee - QC Inspector  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Superb benefits package. They pay for your work clothes, boots, Rx glasses, and job related professional organization dues. NOV is involved in just about every facet of the oilfield so there is also a lot to learn from a company like this. This place looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Poor pay compared with the rest of the industry. They want you there all day every day, Sundays, holidays you name it. However the biggest problem I saw was that management was very out of touch. My superiors has their jobs due to friendships, family, and even on the job injury, not for their qualifications. I am not an old man and I had more experience in my industry than most all of them. I really wish that was an exaggeration. Fake it till you make it might work for some places, but you just can't fake experience that you don't have. For obvious reasons the turnover was very high. This makes it a very difficult environment to work in when people are constantly coming and going. I was always either short handed or training someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company has a lot of potential to be a great place. However, until the pay scale and company culture is up to the standards of the rest of the industry, NOV will just be a training grounds and stepping stone for skilled workers, not a career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Early in and early out.

    Cons

    The division I worked for maintained a "Good Ol' Boy" attitude. Minimal visibility and interaction with senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great company

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    Current Employee - Cost Accountant
    Current Employee - Cost Accountant

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good pay, great people

    Cons

    locations may require commuting, systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company that truly supports the employees.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits benefits benefits. The healthcare benefits are the best out there. 401K is also great. There are numerous worldwide locations to find work.

    Cons

    NOV is a big corporation and change is hard to influence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing the website. In my opinion, it is not representative of a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Team work and great people who work there.

    Cons

    Lack chances of advancement and recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for, very different from the three major oil and gas service companies

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    Current Employee - Remote/Real Time Drilling Optimization  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Remote/Real Time Drilling Optimization in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    benefits are about the same as the industry, maybe a bit better. training is flexible and depends a lot on your manager. Working here is like working for a family owned company even this is a large company

    Cons

    personal growth maybe an issue and it depends on your manager and the department you work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    has to work better on personal development and career path, especially for professionals like engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Atmosphere, but tough to get things done

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and interesting work

    Cons

    Poorly organized so it's tough to find old design packages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Very much work life balance

    Cons

    you may have to work more than 40 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at what the employee life goals are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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