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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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Navasota, TX
    Current Employee - Laborer in Navasota, TX

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

    Pros

    Great place to start, a start up place. If you are looking for a place to be long term this is it.

    Cons

    Bad company, people are horribe. They only care about their self.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Seem to care for their employees. They support continued training and will pay for other training opportunities People are great and many chances to travel. Insurance is great.

    Cons

    Pay may be a little low compared to other Oil and Gas companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love my job!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have been here for over 5 years and have been in several positions. Each position gets better and better! As long as you come into work and do your job, you will succeed.

    Cons

    None, I actually left NOV and came back a year later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only thing is...watch how employees treat others. No one likes mean people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to gain experience in the Oil and Gas Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stable job situation; low micromanagement; wide range of products and services; Benefits are excellent and Vacation days afforded to new employees is the most I have seen anywhere; Opportunity is there to learn and gain valuable experience in the Oil and Gas Services Industry

    Cons

    Working environment is far too political; Salary is below what competitors pay; little opportunity to develop skills and move up in one's career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking more consideration with where employees want to take their careers, instead of putting them on career paths based on what they perceive they would be best in. Strengths analysis is important to determine where an employee will best fit, but there should be more focus as well on where the employee wants to work at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots of potential ruined by major problems.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Superb benefits package. They pay for your work clothes, boots, Rx glasses, and job related professional organization dues. NOV is involved in just about every facet of the oilfield so there is also a lot to learn from a company like this. This place looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Poor pay compared with the rest of the industry. They want you there all day every day, Sundays, holidays you name it. However the biggest problem I saw was that management was very out of touch. My superiors has their jobs due to friendships, family, and even on the job injury, not for their qualifications. I am not an old man and I had more experience in my industry than most all of them. I really wish that was an exaggeration. Fake it till you make it might work for some places, but you just can't fake experience that you don't have. For obvious reasons the turnover was very high. This makes it a very difficult environment to work in when people are constantly coming and going. I was always either short handed or training someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company has a lot of potential to be a great place. However, until the pay scale and company culture is up to the standards of the rest of the industry, NOV will just be a training grounds and stepping stone for skilled workers, not a career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing too fast?

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    With so many acquisitions in such a short period of time, there is never a shortage of things to do nor a shortage of talent and possibly best practices to integrate into current businesses.

    Cons

    From the position I held from an acquired company, it seemed like some of their benefits and other policies/programs are a bit old school. It feels like they spend all of their time integrating new business that they don't have the time, with the people they have, to really analyze what they offer and see if it needs upgrading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed of our management, its the SCHOOL OF THE BUDDY SYSTEM.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Insurance and benefits, but in reality the employee is really paying for these.

    Cons

    Low pay, days off behind for amount of hours worked. Older managers are intimidated by the young because of fresh ideas these people generate. Definitely office personal are sub par for the jobs. Promotions are based on the buddy system not on their qualifications. Laid back attitude in office. And NO I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire young educated people as managers and watch the attitude change and the increase in sales and profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Early in and early out.

    Cons

    The division I worked for maintained a "Good Ol' Boy" attitude. Minimal visibility and interaction with senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive place to work

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Team work and great people who work there.

    Cons

    Lack chances of advancement and recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open to change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best job I have had in last 15 years. Management in F&A very supportive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Management of Finance and Accounting in Rigs Solutions division were most competent and employee oriented. Direct reports were very patient thru the learning phase. Allowed me to learn from my mistakes.

    Cons

    The pace is hectic, but it makes the day go by fast....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus for your continued success

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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