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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Clay C. Williams
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  • Uncertainty within the fluctuating marketing products, due to downturn in oil and gas (in 46 reviews)

  • Upper Management is not well informed of the challenges of the employees to complete their tasks (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Opportunity for personal and professional development"

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

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

    Pros

    NOV genuinely cares about it's employees. Even in a company this big, I've never felt like just a number. Employee development and job satisfaction is very important to leadership, and there's usually opportunity for internal transfer if you want to change your career path or try something new.

    Cons

    Because NOV has acquired so many successful, well-run companies, it can feel disjointed at times in the areas of business strategy and product roadmap. This is an issue that leadership is aware of and actively working on.

    Advice to Management

    Find effective, consistent ways to communicate across business groups and product line management to ensure we aren't duplicating or negating each others efforts. Share resources, knowledge, data, etc to operate more efficiently.


  2. "Production Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Knowledgeable expertise in all areas of operation and well organized management team

    Cons

    I worked for almost 3 years with company and have no complaints

  3. "Engineering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Low salaries and they cut needed positions but make non-essential positions to protect certain employees.


  4. "assembler"

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    it was alot of fun building different projects. I did not have any prior experience building machinery. They did not train you on how to read schematics.

    Cons

    they did not train me well for the position needed.

    Advice to Management

    train train train


  5. "North America Procurement Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for back when they took care of their employees.

    Cons

    Current market situation has caused mass layoffs, cut in benefits causing a big morale issue for the remaining employees. A lot of changes happening on the upper management team creating fear on lower tier employees.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication
    Get back to your roots of caring about your employees


  6. "Director"

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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Generally good people and some interesting tech.

    Cons

    20th century technologies in a 21st century world.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some executive talent that understands the new world technology arch.


  7. "Do More with Less"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    They have a nice office building on Richmond.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, bad morale.

  8. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Work with a great team who really care about you

    Cons

    Not great salary, hard to get an increase even with good performance reviews


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Document Controller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    My manager was understanding and wanted to help whenever she could.

    Cons

    A lot of backstabbing people in the building who will throw you under the bus whenever they get the chance. Pay is a joke compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Should really look at who was laid off versus who you kept in some positions.


  10. "CNC Machinist"

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Claremore, OK
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Claremore, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great company with good benefits

    Cons

    Order of runs, meaning I'd setup and run two parts and before the shift was over or first thing the next day I would have to setup and run the same part! Could have better spindle utilization!

    Advice to Management

    Put out at list of parts that need to be ran from most important to least important at that time and allow Machinist to get your back log up


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