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National Oilwell Varco Houston Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • Laid off with oil and gas recession (in 46 reviews)

  • Upper Management is not well informed of the challenges of the employees to complete their tasks (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity for personal and professional development"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NOV genuinely cares about it's employees. Even in a company this big, I've never felt like just a number. Employee development and job satisfaction is very important to leadership, and there's usually opportunity for internal transfer if you want to change your career path or try something new.

    Cons

    Because NOV has acquired so many successful, well-run companies, it can feel disjointed at times in the areas of business strategy and product roadmap. This is an issue that leadership is aware of and actively working on.

    Advice to Management

    Find effective, consistent ways to communicate across business groups and product line management to ensure we aren't duplicating or negating each others efforts. Share resources, knowledge, data, etc to operate more efficiently.


  2. "National Oilwell management- Unprofessional, hostile work environment with business politics at its worst."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are comparable to most large companies.

    Cons

    Management needs some restructuring, good old boy attitude needs to outsourced and new way to thinking should replace current business practice. Office politics at its worse, racism, crude, vulgar language need to be eradicated. Antiquated applications need to hit the door as well.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure management, good old boy attitude needs to go out the door or they will lose any opportunity for new growth and keep new blood from staying until they can find a better employer. They need to move into this century with current business practices. Reward and institute reviews for employees.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "This is a very poor department to work. Just a revolving door."

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a job. They do not lay off much. Decent training opportunities.

    Cons

    The job was misrepresented during the interview. I was lured away from a decent job to come to this company. I was asked to sign a one sided contract in order to accept the job. Of course, I did not see the contract until I had resigned from my previous employer and worked at NOV for a week. Classic bait and switch. Beware! Below averege wages. No personal time off unless using your 10 days of vacation time. "Every man for themselves" style of management. 30+ hour shifts. Limited overtime and

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. 45% or higher attrition rate? There is a clue in there somewhere. Dishonesty, bait and switch, liars, cheaters, truly bottom of the barrel.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Major Management Overhaul desperately needed."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    - Decent benefits
    - Very good and talented co-workers below the management level.
    - Overtime opportunities
    - Pretty flexible when it comes to taking leave or family emergencies.

    Cons

    * Im not sure about other facilities, just what Ive observed from this one over the years*
    - Notorious for lack of advancement opportunities. There are people here that truly do want to move up within the company but they either get sabatoged/blocked by their Supervisors or they just hire someone from the outside without any knowledge of the position.
    - "Good ol boy" system: There are many cases of favoritism and bias within the ranks. Its not what you know, but who you know. Management will hire friends or their friend's kids in positions they have no experience in.
    - Ultra low morale: The attitude on the floor is that there is zero incentive to go above and beyond and to just put in your 8 to 12 hours. There isnt any investment with the workers, if someone quits, they'll just hire people off the street for a low wage.
    - Low wages: This is the main reason that turn over is so high at this particular facility. There was a freeze on wages a couple years ago and there was chatter about bringing this facility up to other NOV's but that has not happened. Unfortunately, we've lost so many good people over the years from top to bottom because of this. In recent years, they cant even keep new hires and they will quit in short order.
    - Production over Safety: This is prolly the biggest problem Ive seen. They claim safety trumps production but that is a farce. This is an aging facility from the 1960's-1970's with infrastructure that is outdated and obsolete. The machines on the floor are very old and are fixed to just get the job done. There are many machines in which the emergency brakes do not work, have improper guards, and heavily leak oil. They aquire machines and tools at the cheapest price/quality possible. OSHA would seriously have a field day with all the discrepancies and safety hazards here. The management is more concerned with rushing out the product regardless if its within specifications or if the equipment works or not.
    - Zero input from below management level.

    Advice to Management

    It is time to get some new blood in upper management. All of the old guard, so to speak, are very set in their ways and cling onto ideas and principals that are not relevant now. I am adamant that to fix most of the cons listed above, the current regime needs to retire and be replaced. Corporate needs to give this place and its inner workings/policies a good hard look and act accordingly. This facility could very well have the potential to be the brightest star in the Houston area but will remain the dimmest if these outdated policies continue. We certainly have very good and loyal workers here but if the management could care less, then neither will they.


  5. "Mind Boggling"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have excellent benefits. Business always seems good so long term employment is a plus.

    Cons

    At the Sugarland facility management is terrible. You have to be in the inner circle to advance or be bad at your job. People are viewed as expendable so there is a large turnover in employees. You hardly ever see people smile out there.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a change in management from the top all the way down to the shops. Old leaders with old ideas or ones who just don't care about the people. It's stagnant and needs new fresh leadership who cares about the people who actually make production happen. Without the shop employees this facility and any other are useless.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "NOV - Conroe Downhole Division"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Conroe, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Estblished product lines, engaged employees, quality products, solid customer base, and nice facilities.

    Cons

    No worklife balance, high employee turnover rate, excessive pressure to make improvements without agreed strategies, lack of owenership in responsibilities, false dataset being used in KPI's and the lack of acknowledgement of real data presented. The Conroe division spends too much time chasing problems and should become more employee friendly that would develop continous improvement and work environment for the employees and customers.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up! Remove the polictical barriers and take action\support change. Quit demanding unrealistic goals without providing the support and financials to make the improvement. Sure do more with less is a good thing and should be expected, but to do all with nothing is not practical or realistic. Take a look at self before blaming other and stop the verbal threats.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "stay far away"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    global operations - opportunity for lateral movement

    Cons

    pay, attitude of employees, nepotism, everything

    Advice to Management

    die

  8. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    If you don't like your job, you can transfer into a new position every 6 months.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent, yet they think they know everything.

    Advice to Management

    Get you head out of your *** and start to LISTEN TO OTHERS.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Held Back"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    good Benefits and nice people mostly. hours are good, most weekends off, early off on fridays

    Cons

    No chance to move up, terrible management, bad pay, favoritism from management, alot of lies from management, discrimination, quantity over quality.

    Advice to Management

    get new people. stop bogarding raises so that your bonuses are bigger.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The crappest company I've ever worked for in my life !!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Shipping in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Truth is if you're not white, you're not right. No growth within this company not less you kiss butt. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

    Cons

    The benefits are great. 401K, Heath, Dental and paid vacation time. There's no chance of growth within NOV. This company sucks big time

    Advice to Management

    The management team have their favorites and there's no fairness. Under pay sweatbox!! This is a company that discriminate against the disable. The whole management team at FM 529 are worthless.


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