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National Oilwell Varco Houston Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  • Laid off with oil and gas recession (in 44 reviews)

  • Upper management do not treat their employees respectfully or much care at all (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learning environment, good approach with higher management, punctual type atmosphere

    Cons

    Lack of training and career plan, lower salaries compared to competitors


  2. "Regional Sales manger"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Best Company to work, life balance,

    Cons

    no cons., systems IT, different policies for different divisions

    Advice to Management

    Keep training on young people


  3. "Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Excellent Environment, I enjoy my team and coworkers.
    *Management is approachable.
    *Great 401K matching
    *3 Weeks Vacation

    Cons

    *Pay is lower than industry standard.
    *During current industry downturn turnover is high
    *Stressful at times.


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  5. "Technology Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance was great
    Travel was a great perk
    Not too much stress
    A lot of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Salaries are low
    Oil&gas is a cyclical industry
    Benefits were smashed during the oil&gas price plummet


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    "Drilling Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got to do extensive traveling around the world.

    Cons

    Salaries are not very competitive in the oil and gas industry. Business is poorly managed.


  7. "Tester"

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    Former Employee - Tester in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Tester in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k
    Benefits
    Safety
    Good pay
    Can move up the ladder

    Cons

    Long work hours
    Hot working conditions
    Overtime available
    Oil industry fluctuate
    Management

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees up to date with job outlook


  8. "Quality Assrance Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurnce Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Assurnce Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Advancement/Promotions. Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Reductions in Force, and sometimes more people working in departments than necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Have managers complete employee evaluations that include face to face meeting. This will ensure good communication and foster goal setting.


  9. "cnc production machinist"

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits for employees and management

    Cons

    rotating shifts during holiday schedules

    Advice to Management

    better crosstraining


  10. "Good People and Good Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, choice of insurance, 401K match with immediate vesting. People I worked with were amazing.

    Cons

    Subject to swings in the energy market.


  11. "Great place to work, not the best salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are really good. Start with 3 weeks paid vacation. Bonus structure is available. Employees are great - the people are amazing. It feels like working for a small company.

    Cons

    It's widely known that NOV doesn't pay the best.



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