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National Oilwell Varco Houston Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "Okay Overall - Not Worth the Oil Price Volatility"

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back, positive, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Good old boy culture
    Not many opportunities for advancement
    Raises are not given often

    Advice to Management

    Keeping good talent means investing in them. Younger talent is needed for continuous innovation.


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  5. "Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to learn a lot and grow early in your career.

    Cons

    Survival of the fittest/most politically savvy. If you have the energy for it and don't mind living to work you will be rewarded with more work.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a vision for the company, dispense with the good old boy system, quit stepping on people to get to the top.


  6. "Inside Sales Coordinator / Canada & Latin America"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits from the get go

    Cons

    The company turned into a very political groupy...

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people!


  7. "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constant product development and early exposure to new technology

    Cons

    Not sufficiently diversified across industries. Doesn't leverage assets and IP across the organization


  8. "Buyer/PLanner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Never required to work outside of normal 9-5 hours. Great entry level job.

    Cons

    Managed like high school children. You are expected to contact your boss if you're 15 minutes late, or need to take off 15 minutes early.

    No room for growth, minimal number of management positions.

    Compensation less than industry average.


  9. "Programmer"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Programmer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    It is a good company, good benefits, good environment. Totally a good place to start from on your career. You can learn some thing.

    Cons

    There is no much space to advance in your career development.


  10. "Nov review"

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    Former Employee - QC Pressure Test Inspector/Auditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QC Pressure Test Inspector/Auditor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of jobs and positions

    Cons

    To much nepotism family members are all in charge of each other and everyone else

    Advice to Management

    Allow more opportunities to advance of further your trade internally


  11. "Good people"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work was pretty relaxed, I enjoyed working with everyone in the office, I became friends with everyone over the summer. Good name for your resume, good place to start a career then move somewhere else. Massive company, well known.

    Cons

    Pretty apathetic environment, one of the lower paying companies in this field. It's a well known company but for some reason doesn't carry the same respect as many of it's smaller competitors. Doesn't do much to attract good talent.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more and work on investing in them. People want to do good work but it seems a lot of times they aren't trusted by management for any sizeable project



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