National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    field service technician

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    alway trying to advance the oil industry market

    Cons

    dont care about the people that will keep them going in the downturn


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not a pleasant experience

    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Coordinator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Not many I can think of to name, was a complete disappointment after they took over my previous company

    Cons

    No raises, no bonuses, no employee appreciation, no advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your true hard working employees and give them a chance to advance and show them some appreciation


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controller in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Controller in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic Environment, flexible working hours, great training, and room for advancement and growth.

    Cons

    While the company is flexible with hours, there is so much to do and not enough hours in the day to get it all done.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    NOV not what it use to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Ethics & Compliance PW1 in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate Ethics & Compliance PW1 in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical, dental & vision plan, involved in helping community

    Cons

    no more stock in 401k, other benefits gone, good managers gone replaced by incompetent unethical people (no valid degree, no experience or people skills)

    Advice to Management

    A bad unethical & immoral manager can take what was a great team & destroy it. She said, "it's not what you know but who you know." Need I say more?


  6. Helpful (1)

    Quality Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for good growth with in the company as well.

    Cons

    management, hours , location , overtime

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good people/You are still just a number

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Benefits are great 2. Most people are good people 3. Flexible hours 4. Plenty of work and then some 5. True to their bonus structure

    Cons

    1. You need to know someone in upper management to hang around 2. Don't reimburse school as said, even for experienced individuals continuing their knowledge 3. A lot of fresh faces straight out of school without experience, which makes adhering to any processes difficult 4. Constant state of flux and change to structure, sometimes people would start a new position and receive a project only to leave the position quickly and the project is passed down. Unable to be completed 5. Typical corporate environment even though it is masked. If it is time to make cuts, it is everyone for themselves except for the uppers and their friends

    Advice to Management

    You need to truly stand behind your people and invest in experience instead of degrees and pretty faces. Don't say you will reimburse tuition if you have no intention in doing so. Don't keep friends around in lieu of good employees, as it is obvious to most and destroys morale. Pick a direction and stay focused on it for more than 5 seconds.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Service Tech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Tech in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Service Tech in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay, all the overtime you could want, great benefits, and a great management team to work for. If you ever have a problem, they find a way to fix it, especially if it is a personal family situation.

    Cons

    Long hours, adverse weather conditions, heavy lifting.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Plant Electronic Technician

    Current Employee - Plant Electronic Technician in Borger, TX
    Current Employee - Plant Electronic Technician in Borger, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Majority of the time they tell me what to do and just let me do my work.

    Cons

    There is way to much favoritism which in turn makes a lot of employees mad.

    Advice to Management

    Be selective in whom you hire and really evaluate whom you are hiring rather than hire someone and try to train them. From what I have seen in the past 10 years it just doesn't work out.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Oil & Gas Equipment Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Good Company to enter the Oil & Gas Business

    Cons

    High turn over of essential managers


  11. Mechanical Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hydraulic & Lead Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Hydraulic & Lead Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Solid Company, Management is excellent and layback and trust you that you will do your work, give you freedom to express you ideas. Opportunity to move up.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything to say about this, I believe this is an excellent company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    I am really pleased with the management on this Company, I appreciate their hard work.



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