National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX | Glassdoor

National Oilwell Varco Houston Reviews

Updated June 20, 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. "MFG Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus and great opportunities for growth

    Cons

    layoffs during the down market

    Advice to Management

    compensate top performing employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Control Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Night shift diff of 10%. Employees are easy to work with. When we were busy there was plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Pay scale could be higher.

    Advice to Management

    Connect more to your employees, listen to them.


  3. "This place is a joke"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spray Rig Operator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Spray Rig Operator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is nothing good here unless you are really dumb and don't have any skill, and were good at using your phone in school when you weren't suppose to.

    Cons

    Despotism, management play favorites
    Literally 12 hr shifts, don't give a hoot about personal affairs
    They preach quality, but at the end of the night it's all about quantity this is gonna bite these ppl in the butt later I saw so many improper things being sent to the field
    Everyone takes a break like 20x a shift, maintenance crew is lazy and expect for you to know how to fix the machines.
    Don't make friends here
    I hate this place, I hope I never work for a company that doesn't value their employees, I was literally told by the company shop supervisor in a meeting that we are indispensable.
    The supervisors don't know about anything, they fire hard workers and bring in temps and have temps train temps, nothing is ever learned correctly and fully.
    Old machines etc..the list can go on.
    Don't recommended working here, but looks good on your resume. Use this place as a stepping stone to something better.. there is something better trust me..

    Advice to Management

    Terrible company, you don't practice what you preach
    Quality over quantity, tell that to supervisors
    Daytime blames nighttime and vice versa,


  4. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not too many opportunities to grow. Management not to open to communication.


  5. "Review of NOV."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work and life balance, when oil prices are up, there is lots of opportunity to travel. No strict hours, as long as you get work completed.

    Cons

    There have been lots of layoffs and we came out at a loss after quarter 1 of 2017. No bonuses last two years due to downturn.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "NOV is not a good place for a modern software engineer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Good benefits package. Decent compensation in up market but expect no bonuses at all in an even or down market.

    Cons

    Oil & Gas is a volatile industry, and there have been massive layoffs in 2016 & 2017. NOV does not understand software and it is a challenge to move management out of their comfort zone. There is a strong "good old boys" culture that can be hostile to women and minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Plan for downturns better. Invest in people and technologies during up markets to help weather down markets. Hire competent engineers and listen to them. Communicate better.


  7. "Service Desk Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Lead IT Service Desk Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lead IT Service Desk Coordinator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great company, wonderful people

    Cons

    No raise in 3 years


  8. "engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    variety of locations and positions available

    Cons

    currently experiencing a downturn and cutting workforce


  9. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Developer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its great company to work with.

    Cons

    It is great company, was able to sustain big economic downfalls but is in trouble as oil prices were down, but still its a great company and hope it will comeback as the oil market comes up.


  10. "Working at NOV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great company to work for. There are lot of great mentors that are willing to put in there time to develop there young talents.

    Cons

    They pay may be on the lower side in the Houston area, however the work life balance is perfect.


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