National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
323 Reviews
3.5
323 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 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Hard to move up, heavy workload providing no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very amateurish company from top to bottom. HydraRig Ft Worth decision.

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    2 weeks vacation on day one. A steady job if you don't expect advancemant or raises worth a darn. A sense of comradery because everyone there knows they are in the same horrible situation.

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry. Big turnaround, constantly having to train new employees because the hiring requirements are low (finding out the new hire doesn't know what a crescent wrench is is quite the norm). Dealing with supervisors that don't supervise. A typical work day through my 3 years involved showing up everyday with little idea what I was going to do that day, was self trained from day one, supervisor provided no guidence , no positive reinforcement, no training. New rules were created on a weekly basis, maybe a power trip mentality. Whatever the employee guidelines are on day one, expect them to change dozens of times. Safety is a big issue at HydraRig, they talk a good game and do their monthly safety meetings but nothing is ever implemented, you hardly ever see HSE staff walking the facilities. Favoritism is also a huge problem. Another issue is work schedules and department placement, supervisors will move you to departments you have no experience in and you are left to your own devices with no training or guidance. Schedules change daily without notice, 8 hours Monday, then out of the blue 10 on Tuesday, back to 8, the from no where mandatory Saturday. No consistency. The shops are normally a mess, equipment is old and dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What would sum up my advice is for management to actually care about the rank and file. Bring pay up to industry standard for assemblers of oilfield equipment. Bring safety up to OSHA standards. Provide new equipment and higher quality ppe. Train supervisors to actually..... Supervise and not just sit around collecting a paycheck. Show some appreciation for your guys once and a while, maybe a "good job". Hire qualified people and close the revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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    • 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
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  5.  

    I like the corporate culture right here

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    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
  6.  

    Good place to work now

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    • 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
  7.  

    Very satusfying entry level experience.

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back with the right boss

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are available if you seek for them. Ask around to get trained in other positions. Learn whatever you can and you'll move up.

    Cons

    Hours are sometimes long but the industry is mostly like this so there aren't that many choices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication!! Departments don't talk to each other about what's going on. Upper management never lets employees know what's going on with the company. It doesn't feel like a community.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome Compnay to work for

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment, learn something new every day

    Cons

    There Are not any cons to this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give management, keep up good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity for younger generation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Inspector in Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - QA Inspector in Conroe, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    ,Good benefits, some advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of adequate communication from managers and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a plan and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Inspector, Tank Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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