National Oilwell Varco

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  1.  

    overall pretty good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fitter in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Fitter in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    decent pay plenty of hours, great benefits and a decent work environment

    Cons

    sometimes too little time with the family, can have a lot of drama but that is a lot of places, takes forever to get improvements to make the job easier. Not an environment that is open to change easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on production systems and parts delivery systems. It would just make it a better place to work with less problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good benefits, low pay, and feels dead end due to lack of employee development.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is decent, but during crunch times you can put in many hours(i find this typical of any organization, though). Pay is low for the industry, but the job security is high. While our competitors are currently laying off thousands, NOV has done well to keep everyone on staff in Houston.

    Cons

    Systems are old and antiquated, running simple reports are difficult and require much time.

    Middle managers are often wrong, or unhappy, which creates some tension around the office, perhaps that is only at the location I work at though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture pretty much doesnt exist outside of the corporate office, make efforts to change that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    CNC Machine Shop. Primary duties are repair of drill pipe threaded connections, repair of tooling for drill motors.

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Bridgeport, WV
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Bridgeport, WV

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Health insurance, 401K, paid holidays and vacation are OK. No complaints, the benefits are competitive with other companies.

    Cons

    Low wages, poor scheduling, very long hours required. Uncompensated on call scheduling. Poor opportunities for career advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees for requiring them to be "on call".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Quality Inspector

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    lot of overtime good health benefits

    Cons

    lack of consideration and room for promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Professional Teller

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule during college years

    Cons

    Difficulty leaving retail side to transition to corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth Opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good balance between life/ work but weak management

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, light work loads, freedom in what you want to do

    Cons

    Weak management, no leadership and direction, no specific career path. It's mostly who you know not what you do which matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open a channel of communication with your employee, value the experience and knowledge, shake-up the old management system which has no motivation to progress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company overall,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor/Lead Person in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor/Lead Person in Orange, CA

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Great people to work with -- and an incredible Engineering staff.

    Cons

    Two separate groups management and everyone else. --- Which is the companies loss because the lower group has some great ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better wages for your people before you loose all the talent you have. And listen to to people on the floor they have great ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Office culture, growth opportunities, benefits

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other companies in the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a mans world

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Decent salary for employees and nice bonus plan when goals are met. Promotes from within the company as much as possible.

    Cons

    Men are allowed to say anything without any without any repercussions. They physically threaten other employees, yell, curse and blatantly break rules set in place. Managers will curse you for doing your job and discuss sexual acts openly in the lunch room. At any point if you defend yourself they tell the HR manager and you are reprimanded. Even after being provided proof of what male employees have done she states that she isn't concerned with what they did. Employees know and talk about her actions but are scared to report her. A female executive has commented that the HR manager is a bully and harassed employees but stated she can't report her and become her next target. The HR manger also is known for twisting statements to make them what she want and has physically put her hands on employees in a threatening manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up an anonymous helpline for your employees to report issues n the workplace. Make sure there are protocols in place where managers are notified of incidents before HR is contacted. Investigate your HR manager and her tactics.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Overall a good company.

    • 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

    Managers that take care of there people.

    Cons

    Slow down times in the oil field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't over hire on technicians.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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