National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
331 Reviews
3.5
331 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.  

    This company has a good vibe, positive attitude

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation up front, unlimited sick days, Fridays only work until noon (in MN), decent pay, decent work hours, good friendly environment, people work hard but also maintain a good family/personal life balance.

    A lot of intelligence and knowledge of current workers/management.

    Cons

    The MN location is dated and not as well known as the parent location in Houston, TX.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a positive work environment, very pleased. Good pay and good benefits.
    One bit of advice - the MN location needs a new building, too cold in winter and too hot in summer and it's dated. I'm a bit embarrassed when clients arrive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for as long as you are not a tech because of the time off.

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k, Food and travel reimbursement, gas card, computer, phone and tool expense, 10% bonus bi-annually, training.

    Cons

    Time off, on call. Working 80-120+ a week.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Senior System Analist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    friendly environment and good benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are not good and the work hours are above average

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

    Senior HR Generaliat

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Great benefits and sow flexibility to schedule depending on management

    Cons

    Lack of communication within the organization and unwillingness to hold all levels accountable

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable laid-back environment

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

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

    Pros

    The company is as stable as any gets in this day and age. At least withing the corporate side of things it wasn't a high-pressure job so there wasn't an overabundance of work related stress. If you're ambitious and have goals of moving up the career chain there seemed to be opportunities for that.

    Cons

    Not a very structured review cycle. Unless your motivated to take charge of your career don't expect much change to be initiated by management. Overall compensation seemed a bit below par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize employee performance metrics and develop ways to identify and reward hard-working employees without them initiating the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    good benefits, really good pay, it's pretty consistent hours, nothing too outrageous!

    Cons

    nothing is really too challenging about working here. don't have any concerns!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional people, very strong financially

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Leader in the petroleum industry. Has been in business for a long time, isn't going away.

    Cons

    Very large corp structure, can take time to get answers on pending projects. Budget forecasting is sometimes dictated what your response should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I like the corporate culture right here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance and benefit package is really good.

    Cons

    pay is below average what we do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work now

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Techno sound and good opportunities

    Cons

    None right now, if I think of something I'll come back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff like working here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very satusfying entry level experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND
    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are a large company which means they have a lot of resources. They have good training programs.

    Cons

    They are a large company and the employee often feels like they are not a part of the company, but just a number.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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