National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
293 Reviews
3.5
293 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 17 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals" (in 22 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Constantly learning about the industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good culture, willing to send you to get any necessary training you might need. Helpful in helping you learn about this complex industry.

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make salaries more competitive to keep turnover low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Buddy Buddy System At Elmar

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Many  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, potential for overtime if you need it. Good people to work with but not socialize with. Promotions available if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke compared to other oil & gas industries. A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money. They are not held accountable for their roles in the future demise of this company. Advancements are based solely on who you kiss up to. Inexperienced workers are promoted based on the friendship and nepotism system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises to match other comparable companies are probably out of the question, but eliminating managing positions that can clearly be done by an average employee can give the company flexibility to pay more. But good luck with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Good benefits, Great colleagues.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    NOV has great health benefits, probably the best in the city. Good work culture.

    Cons

    Takes too long to get a project completed. Low cooperation within teams and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to work hard in Improving processes and eliminating waste

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's been a good job to be but it's time for me to better myself.

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

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of overtime is that's what you want, and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    I had cancer a few years ago and returned to work last year and they haven't treated me fairly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use to you have already to fill new positions instead of hiring new people. Give the current employees a chance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Alright, if you have nothing else, but keep looking

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

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

    Pros

    No pros from the Corpus Maching location

    Cons

    They don't take care of there employees like they should. They save money by cutting overhead, usually hours and personnel, making others strain to acomplish there own careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern Review

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Pay is fair
    Get a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    There are no cons, the experience was very enjoyable. The work life balance was good, mainly because the office culture was relaxed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place Fun

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for. Upper managment really try to interact with employees

    Cons

    Salaries are sometimes lower then other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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