National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
347 Reviews
3.5
347 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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 a 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
  2.  

    Large company, ability to move around

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Machinist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machinist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Machinist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    good benefit to work place

    Cons

    do many thing and learn more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Inspector in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QA Inspector in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn about Inspection techniques and Nondestructive testing methods. I had a good mentor and taught me a lot

    Cons

    It seemed some of the managers were racist and a lot of backstabbing occured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to concerns of lower level people and give better raises

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back with the right boss

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 a 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great overall experience, positive work environment with hard working employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Borger, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Borger, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at NOV was the office culture. All of the employees were very dedicated to the company and the work they are doing.

    Cons

    The company seems like they could hire more employees. We were constantly behind on work because there was not enough individuals to get things done.

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

    This is the company for a lifelong career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA

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

    Pros

    Thos company demonstrates a true ppreciation for its people. The company drives teamwork and promotes employee development.

    Cons

    None to speak of or worthy of mentioning!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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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