National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Trainer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Cedar Park, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My supervisor was great at helping me advance in skills

    Cons

    Cyclical with price of oil. Training seems to be the first to get cut


  2. Helpful (1)

    Facility Request Processor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FR Processor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - FR Processor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, people mind their own business and leave you alone for the most part. Manager is weird and full of themselves of course, but don't really have time for anyone or anything.

    Cons

    Low Pay, I was expecting salary and I am an hourly employee under $17 per hour, college graduate. I am learning what to ask in interviews. I really needed the job but still looking.

    Advice to Management

    Need to communicate better, and be more fun. They take their jobs too seriously and treat us like the scum of the earth.


  3. Know what you want

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales in Midland, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Sales in Midland, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Make your own schedule and despite the salary being on the low end of the industry, great benefits.

    Cons

    Not an entrepreneurially minded.


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  5. 5 stars

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, great benefits and great work life balance.

    Cons

    nothing really bad to say

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Ok...

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Environment... There's not a lot of noise and drama.

    Cons

    There are not too many cons to working here. But you will feel as though you are being taken advantage of with the workload at times.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so cheap and claim that you don't have the money to pay your employees...you do.


  7. CWI

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CWI in Little New York, TX
    Former Employee - CWI in Little New York, TX

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a good place to be. Lot of stuff to learn w/ the possibly for advancement.

    Cons

    I didn't recognize any downsides to this company during my time here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. Helpful (2)

    Company with Unlimited Potential and Limited Managment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Generous Benefits; Excellent Work / Life Balance; Flexible Hours; Travel (Limited); Visibility to Company Management

    Cons

    Dysfunctional Management (Top --> Down); Lack of Accountability; Culture; Flat, Top Heavy Structure (Corporate)

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to management a renewed (or new) focus on not only finding talent, but cultivating and keeping talent be implemented and made a priority. While at NOV I witnessed beyond questionable decision making by management, Supervisors who took credit for subordinates work and then "threw them under the bus" at the first opportunity that it suited them. I was witness to supervisors not showing up to work for periods of up to a week at a time with absolutely no notification to their direct reports or their own supervisor. The level of organizational dysfunction that I witnessed at this company is unrivaled in my professional career. I cannot say that I would ever recommend a position at NOV to anyone I consider a friend. Really try and focus more on who is brining talent to the table and contributing to the goals of the team. Without that you will continue to build an organization that simply repels talent at every turn.


  9. GlobAl Sourcing Manager

    • 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

    Large company, numerous facilities worldwide

    Cons

    Oil & Gas prices have a negative effect on all members of the organization.


  10. Quick Overlook

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of work to be done, and lots to choose from. Chances to work on different things. Work environment is somewhat laid back

    Cons

    With plenty of work there's never enough time to finish it all, so you're working hard to finish one thing while something else suffers. Upper management in my department seem to play favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate upper management in some departments to ensure favoritism.


  11. Production Planner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Planner in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    NOV was a stable company and I had a opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Management was not the best are easies to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employee.



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