National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
347 Reviews
3.5
347 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
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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.  

    Fast paced company good benifts great company to grow with

    • 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

    Pros

    Great pay great people

    Cons

    Management n eeds yo inderstand more of what it takes to build the product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and do your research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    NOV provides good benefits. I have an excellent work and life balance, and it is a laid back working environment.

    Cons

    National Oilwell Varco, at least at my location, uses a flaky ERP system that freezes or is too slow to work. A huge company like this should use a better system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    NOV as a career

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    NOV has great financials as a company and is presently in transition to become a technology innovator within our business segment. Career options are vast and employees encouraged to look within NOV for career growth. The benefits from health, vacation, and bonus structure are excellent.

    Cons

    NOV has grown through acquisition over the years which tends to make the company feel like a corporation made up of 100's upon 100's of small companies. The company has been standardizing processes and company business systems over the last few years to address the issue and provide a more cohesive company and culture. To some extent the current mix of different cultures and vast business units make the company feel somewhat like a home grown company that the employees are helping build. For some of us that is the attraction of NOV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the focus on driving technical innovation, investing in the employees long term, and keep up the shareholder returns. NOV is a great company to join and retire from long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pleasant work environment, fair pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Enterprise Architect in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Executive team is visionary and was able to execute excellent growth until the acquisition of Wilson. Since then it seems the company can't manage any more grow. The company is good with providing appropriate tools to employee for executing their jobs. Benefits are slightly above average.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is generally good, although it depends on the position a lot. The company, at least through training, promotes a high ethical standard. Information Technology is proactive in general, but at times it tries to dictate operations rather than supporting them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare growth path for the outstanding employees rather than letting dependency on them become obstacle for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a beneficial experience for my career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    The work hours are flexible, colleagues willing to help. Great benefits and work environment. Was first job experience after college. Its a growing company that allows room for you to move up.

    Cons

    Pay is good, but not necessarily great compared to others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Room to grow. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Middle management not on the same page as upper

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9.  

    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 a 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
  10.  

    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

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable laid-back environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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