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.  

    Nov bought out Reed Hycalog and now company loosening money blamed on employees & Supervisor's

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    None well insurance and benefits.

    Cons

    No stool's to get off feet even tho you work 12hr. 7 days. No talking, no break room they took them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little pay if on your vacation and you don't answer your phone your fired.

  2.  

    Great Opportunity

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    • 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 a year

    Pros

    World Class, Best Practice Global manufacturer that provides many opportunities for upward advancement and challenging roles, very good benefits ie 401K, vision, dental, medical insurances, long term care

    Cons

    long hours, high pressure, politics, made up of many acquired companies producing constant change and evolving company culture and policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take time to know your direct reports

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for a career, but you have the typical big corporation experiences to navigate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security, work environment.

    Cons

    Some problems with middle management. There is also the effect of when it's a very large company, you have to fight to stay relevant and not end up in the mushroom closet. It's ok if you want to work the minimal hours, but more difficult to make a name for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your people, not the product. The people will take care of the product if properly managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company, Great Benefits, needs to work on salaries so employees stop leaving for other companies

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    Former Employee - Global Marketing  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Global Marketing in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The culture of sharing and working together is great. Hours can be flexible if you have the right boss. Great benefits!

    Cons

    Less than competitive salaries so this can be a good place to get your start in O&G. If you get a bad boss life can be hell. A good one life is great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    NOV Inside Sales

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stable, good people. Culture of trust

    Cons

    Low pay, no clear career paths.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross divisional integration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    not good not good at all unsafe place to work

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    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Grinder/Welder in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    they had none they was not giving none out

    Cons

    they give you very little training no time off we worked 7 days a week 12 hours a day

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The crappest company I've ever worked for in my life !!

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    Current Employee - Shipping  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Truth is if you're not white, you're not right. No growth within this company not less you kiss butt. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

    Cons

    The benefits are great. 401K, Heath, Dental and paid vacation time. There's no chance of growth within NOV. This company sucks big time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management team have their favorites and there's no fairness. Under pay sweatbox!! This is a company that discriminate against the disable. The whole management team at FM 529 are worthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Too corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    The company has great benefits (medical, dental, 401k, etc.). There is a lot of diversity among people. A lot can be learned; great for starting a career.

    Cons

    The culture could use some work. There is a lot of complacency, lack of leadership, and poor communication. While there is a lot to learn, there is also a lot of unwillingness to teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication and motivation; More willingness to teach

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Director of Quality  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Director of Quality in Provo, UT

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great leadership and direction and an energy not seen at other companies.

    Cons

    Executive management does not consider input form below

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My company very good.

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    Former Employee - Welder& Fitter  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Welder& Fitter in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    any time growth good life.

    Cons

    I am work very good for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very good management.

    Approves of CEO

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