National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated May 11, 2021

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  • "Good benefits and professional atmosphere(in 144 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and great people(in 122 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Volatility of the oil and gas market(in 70 reviews)

  • "Oil and gas industries are in downturn(in 51 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Company/Great Tradition

      Jan 21, 2021 - Vice President of Sales in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Focused on new technology and customer loyalty

      Cons

      Some times slow to market

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Trying to fail

      Apr 24, 2021 - Accountant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I met a lot of great people and did some fun stuff.

      Cons

      I got a new boss, found out we were out of compliance in regards to an aspect of a new position I was in at that time. Brought it to that new boss’s attention. She placated me. Then the new boss told me I was going to have to find a new place to work within the company or be let go and in front of HR lied and said I didn’t like working there and like an idiot I just took it instead of standing up for myself. That being said: what happened was highly unethical. Certain business units do a good job, others know how to lose money and move operations around without any consideration to cost. It’s cost a lot of people their jobs and many locations to be closed. Not just because of down markets but total mismanagement.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Product Line, Sales organization in Dissaray

      Jan 18, 2021 - DH Tools Acct Manager in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Pay, Benefits & Engineers

      Cons

      Senior Sales Staff and Executives are less than well informed on the current state of client needs and recommendations. Sadly, this is a great company with great tools and R&D engineers but bottlenecks in the decision making process between executive level and ground level managers is going to kill every relevant product line if they do not make an attempt to be more receptive to custom needs and requests from clients. Also, Executive Staff do not seem to comprehend that a legacy product line with new competitive entrants will not maintain the same rental margins and being reluctant to adjust pricing to reflect this in an attempt to maintain margins and revenue is a death spiral to no sales when no IP is protecting your product.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Forced to Create a Review by Glassdoor

      May 4, 2021 - Design Engineer in Anderson, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice place to work no complaints.

      Cons

      Nothing that would be a deal breaker.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Fine company to work for

      Dec 20, 2020 - Mechanical Engineer in Tomball, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A somewhat stabile company in a volatile mark, and can be relatively low-stress depending on your position and other companies in the same market. There are some fantastic people to work with, both on a personal and professional level.

      Cons

      The pay is lower than the rest of the market, and there isn't any kind of training or leadership program. Any personal development must be done on your own, as the company assumes no responsibility in your training. During my departure the company was also going through a transition of ERP systems and consolidating facilities. A lot of the transitions are generalized to a company-wide system that does not work well for business segments that are more unique or specialized.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      My experience of 20 years with NOV - M/D Totco

      Apr 26, 2021 - Engineer in Cedar Park, TX
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      Pros

      Great company across 20+ years of work (pre-2014) but not the same company now (post 2014). Culture largely gone since about 2014, most benefits gone.

      Cons

      Not the same company it used to be. Seems more a culture of do a little as possible for the employee and anything to boost the corporate bottom line. Took away 401k match in 2020, Took away company retirement 401k contribution (on top of match) in 2020, No bonus in most years since 2014, No raises since 2014. Will lay off employees at the drop of a hat. Medical Insurance cost more and more every year since 2014 and has gotten worse as we look forward to paying more for less every year. As a major self insured corporation, this puts more on the company's bottom line at the expense of the employee. They are largely pushing toward doing away with PPO and providing only the high deductible with HSA account. That basically means you just pay for everything yourself now unless you have some catastrophic event. Medical used to be much much better. That is gone.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Company

      Apr 30, 2021 - Project Manager in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work life balance and the people are great.

      Cons

      May not have much opportunity for promotion.

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      No leadership

      May 10, 2021 - Corrosion Engineer in Sand Springs, OK
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Your coworkers here are friendly

      Cons

      There is no leadership at the plant in Sand Springs

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Controller

      Apr 27, 2021 - Controller in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good company with great benefits and balance work life

      Cons

      NOV should bump up salaries to catch up with market

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Experience for Entry Level

      Apr 27, 2021 - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Lots of Responsibilities to take

      Cons

      Pay isn't competitive to other companies in the area.

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