National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. NOV - Not what you think

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Sugar Land, TX

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

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

    Pros

    A company with great manufacturing capabilities and untapped potential

    Cons

    Sub-standard benefits - 401k isn't matched till after one year of service - top heavy management - only opportunity for advancement is if you in the right "click" and not what you know, or are capable of - limited opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Look inward and take head to what others see that you don't and your peers provide that you don't. Look at you mid-level management. During the transition from Pete Miller to Clay Williams; every week there was another President and Vice President being named: at one point one would have thought the ship was going to tip over!


  2. Management is very uncaring about there employees. Low pay with 50 cent raises if your lucky to get that.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Rosenberg, TX
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Rosenberg, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits! Good experience that you can take to another to grow with. The vendors will come in sometimes to provide lunch for everyone.

    Cons

    Low pay with tons of pressure. Also they are not a company of there word. Not a good company if you plan a career in oil and gas.


  3. Great opportunity

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

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

    Pros

    Unlimited opportunities to learn, continuing education, excellent benefits, many hard working people, diverse cultures, technologically advanced, long history and great visibility in the market.

    Cons

    Low pay and not very good work life balance although they try to encourage it.

    Advice to Management

    20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work. Find a way to figure out who the 20 percent are and reward them.


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  5. Position was not what was described to be

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They do have some good benefits and management seems to be eager to train their personnel.

    Cons

    Departments I engaged with were not competent and consistently would shut down the project. Work was mundane, not challenging at all. This could be different in other groups though.


  6. Overall OK

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

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

    Pros

    * Most people are pretty nice
    * Benefits are good
    * Fairly easy to move around
    * No set promotion schedule - all merit based

    Cons

    * They never fire anyone, even the abusive managers who should get fired
    * Work is not particularly challenging or innovative
    * NOV is not really a "leader" in the oil and gas sector
    * Entry-level compensation is below industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge employees more, encourage creativity and thinking outside the box.


  7. Internships

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

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

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

    Pros

    The office has a great culture compared to some of its competing companies. Upper level management will take the time to talk with anyone on a personal level and make you feel at ease. They expect a lot out of you but also give you the freedom and confidence to accomplish your task and projects.

    Cons

    If you do not like to travel a lot then I would suggest an HR position or another company. You will be expected to travel a lot for nearly any position.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front with expectations and give more feedback.


  8. Grass is greener

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The general reliability and predictive nature of the oil and gas industry provides a very stable platform for employment. Despite the cyclical nature of downturns, many facilities do all they can to not lay people off unnecessarily.

    Cons

    The pay is not comparable to the rest of the industry. Many technicians and rig workers leave NOV for better pay at other companies, however, those jobs rarely last like a career at NOV would.

    Advice to Management

    Just one time in my life, I would like to see a management change for the better not worse. All technicians should be trained for every specialty, and those that cannot handle at least a little of everything need to go home.


  9. Was good, going downhill

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Too Many Roles to List! in Cedar Park, TX
    Current Employee - Too Many Roles to List! in Cedar Park, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Laid Back workplace, Good resume filler or coast to retirement option.

    Cons

    Good Old Boy Mentality, unqualified people get promoted all the time, it's all about who you know, not what you know. Management changes direction depending on who is at the helm, leads to a chaotic environment with constant change. Processes are not well defined and on the job training can be disorganized, which creates levels of employees who are completely unaware of how things are supposed to work. This creates a very disorganized and reactive environment. Company knowingly pays lower than market rate due to the prime location.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the silent hard workers who are keeping this company propped up. We all know that the inner circle is the only way to achieve advancement, and this creates resentment among your solid employees, who will eventually tire of the routine and move on to somewhere else where their hard work will be valued. These people are huge losses to the company. Recognize them and pay them what they are worth.


  10. NOV

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A place to start a career and get into the oil and gas or manufacturing industries and move on after accumulating experience and finding a more challenging and rewarding opportunity. A part of the "good-ole boy" network.

    Cons

    1. Too much middle management and corporate management that do not share the same mindset as the company's ground-level operations.
    2. Little exposure and training programs to develop employees throughout their employment
    3. Too many acquisitions without thorough planning of integration grows and creates a low-morale culture.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the non-value added positions in mid-level management and start focusing on strategies which enable sustainable growth of each business unit in a volatile market.


  11. Mechanical Enigneer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with excellent career growth opportunities and opportunities. Great benefits and incentives. Multiple disciplines work together, allowing for cross departmental training/collaboration.

    Cons

    Disconnect between management priorities among groups. Individual group project/tasks tend to take priority over the requirement of the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards a more across the board priority ranking and communication process between projects that require multiple group/division contributions.



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