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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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back with the right boss

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Awesome Compnay to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Great opportunity for younger generation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Inspector, Tank Coordinator

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    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    laid back place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    easy to work with co-workers

    Cons

    not very competitive pay compared to others in this business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Good Place to Start

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Bridgeport, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Bridgeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Minimal oversight, travel pay, a good start for people who want to get into the oilfield. The work is often very easy with little complications.

    Cons

    Usually understaffed in the field. The work can be easy, but it can become very difficult with little support. Working as a righand, you have other workers to help you. In this position, however, you are usually working alone. Expect to buy most of your own tools and equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A slightly more competitive pay and accomodations for equipment purchased would make field operations much more attractive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Large company, ability to move around

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world.

    Cons

    Because it's so large, visibility is a challenge. Challenging status quo is not a good thing here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with employees and open to disruptive technologies.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the place for movers and shakers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Interesting place to work, challenging assignments. Good vacation policy great benefits package. Generally a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Complete change in corporate culture post Varco merger. Very risk averse, unwilling to take on disruptive technology, promotion based on causing least pain rather than creating most opportunity. They do not value employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a chance. Develop a small company mentality--experiment with small start ups within NOV and treat them like Venture Capitalists do--some will pay off big time, most won't but the experience will be tremendously valuable in any case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It seemed like a good start but then things changed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator in La Porte, TX
    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator in La Porte, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everything seemed okay at first with good benefits, retirement and the like. The management was strong with great projections for the future.

    Cons

    Our company was bought then promptly sold off in a matter of a year after much assurance that NOV would never do such a thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more forthcoming with your new acquisitions and they may trust you a little more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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