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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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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 78 reviews)

  • "Good salaries and good benefits" (in 113 reviews)

Cons
  • "They are a service provider for oil and gas companies so when no one is drilling they will start laying people off" (in 52 reviews)

  • "Upper management said we could manage fine with 2 people" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    The company really cares about its employees. Always taken care of.

    Cons

    None here to talk about.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 benefits, culture and management

    Cons

    Bonus depends on how well the company is doing as well as your group.

  3. "SENIOR BUSINESS AND PRODUCT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL"

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    Current Employee - Director of Product Line in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Product Line in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great Company that invests in its people

    Cons

    Its in the oil & gas sector which is an extremely cyclical business


  4. "Product Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Access to tons of engineering resources

    Cons

    Need to outperform peers to stand out


  5. "Okay company, not great."

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    Current Employee - HSE
    Current Employee - HSE

    Pros

    Large company and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Poor compensation (comparatively), management at most facilities do not make safety a priority, poor company organization of hierarchy, directly affected by oil price fluctuation.


  6. "Absolutely my dream job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, room for growth,learning environment, supportive staff

    Cons

    Organization, Communication could be better


  7. "DMST - DDS"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Supervisor IV in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Service Supervisor IV in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had the opportunity to learn a multitude of downhole tools and different business units. This had to be done without any guidance or help however.

    Cons

    They'll lay you off as soon as possible. Middle Management is full of people that; don't belong there, under qualified, shady, do not like competition. Their tools are always failing in the field and they expect you to find excuses for the shoddy engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Review the qualifications of anyone in the DDS group that has "Manager" in their title. Also, pay for the employee's expenses when they are on the road representing you in the best light possible. Good luck!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great For Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Benefits, Learning new skills and positions, Gaining experience

    Cons

    No Growth, UNDER PAID, Management is greedy, Unappreciative, Bad inconsistent and low raises. In 5 years I received 64 cent raise and this is after the fact I learned every department in my facility becoming a big asset.

    Advice to Management

    Give better raises and adjust the under pay salaries to workers that have highly skilled experience.


  9. "Not a bad place to work, however compensation is very low compared to competitors"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable employment compared to many other O&G companies

    Cons

    Upward movement is based primarily on years of service with the company and not skill set.


  10. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits and salary is good.

    Cons

    They are a service provider for oil and gas companies so when no one is drilling they will start laying people off.