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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated June 11, 2018
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Clay C. Williams
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Pros
  • "They also encourage you to have a work/life balance which you can tell when the NOV tower starts turning into a ghost town even before 5pm" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Good salaries and good benefits" (in 100 reviews)

Cons
  • "Oil and gas has been down so they've experienced quite a few layoffs recently" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Not possible to grow unless you are a relative of some body in the upper management" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Good culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    relatively stable company and job security

    Cons

    salary not competitive

    Advice to Management

    don't hire smart people and tell them what to do.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Only a number"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, decent pay, good product

    Cons

    People in Houston make decisions without a clue about what you really do!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Diverse
    Centrally located
    New building
    Chance to learn

    Cons

    Stagnant
    Below market pay.
    Treated as school for many hires.
    Wont hire experienced people

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money on real talent


  4. "Cnc machinist at sugar land"

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Machinist in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A lot of overtime. Decent benifits

    Cons

    Low pay, old time leader with okd school ways


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Mechanical Engineer - Cedar Park, Texas"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Park, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Park, TX

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

    Pros

    Family oriented, good bonus plan, easy commute from Round Rock.

    Cons

    Down market for industry, no pay raises in years, horrible management of engineering software by corporate.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, great managers, great people, casual work environment

    Cons

    Pay not competetive during downturn in industry. Starting to resume.


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    good family focused supervisors for the most part

    Cons

    very low pay and long hours

  8. "Welder"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Welder
    Current Employee - Structural Welder
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's the best company I had ever work for Nov before gas value went down

    Cons

    Had to go off shore for days n not with my family

    Advice to Management

    Will love to come back to work for nov


  9. "Great place when oil is booming"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and progressive thinking

    Cons

    Dependent on the oil market which is cyclical. When it's up it's up, but when it's down it's down.


  10. "Sales Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good work-life balance. Voice is heard, a team effort in the sales role

    Cons

    Pay a little less when compared to other oilfield sales positions


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