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National Oilwell Varco Houston Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Clay C. Williams
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  • Oil and Gas downturns can be frustrating (in 44 reviews)

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

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  1. "Drilling Systems Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "CNC Machinist"

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Conroe, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When Slow, they will cross train those who want it

    Cons

    They are like the dollar general of the oil field they pay the cheapest and make the cheapest product i was there for 5 years started at 14.80, left five years later as a shift lead and was still running machines for them making 15.85

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people their worth


  3. "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


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  5. "Regional Sales manger"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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


  7. "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.


  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "Good People and Good Benefits"

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    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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