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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated March 16, 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 53 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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    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. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good management, work life balance is reasonable, but it depends on your manager.

    Cons

    As with all oil industry jobs the company goes through downturns more frequently than some other industries.

    Advice to Management

    When times are tough and the excuse for not giving raises is because of the market, be sure to reward employees during the good times. Bonuses are nice but uncertain and being stuck at the same wage for years despite good performance is demoralizing.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and family friendly culture

    Cons

    limited opportunities for career advancement


  5. "Rating Based on Facility"

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    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, OK pay.

    Cons

    Lack of standardized processes and improvements across all NOV facilities. They will acquire a company and keep it as a red headed step child instead of going in and making improvements to processes to be in line with other facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what your people go through to work within broken systems. Value them.


  6. "NOV gave me a career not just a job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credit Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Credit Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My managers taught me as much as I was willing to learn. They had faith in me and trusted me which I find refreshing. I was promoted multiple times. Benefits were awesome and I made life long friends within the organization.

    Cons

    I was disappointed when the downsize happened in 2015. Many great leaders were forced to take early retirement. The new Management team didn't know me or my work ethics so all loyalty went out the window. I was laid off after 13 years. At one time we had 999 entities so it was quite challenging to navigate the company and I had very little work/life balance. I was on call 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    Back up your good people and pay attention to their track record before casting them aside.


  7. "Welder"

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    Former Employee - Welder/Fabricator in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Welder/Fabricator in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Great crew ! Awesome equipment to work with. Hold you to the highest standards.

    Cons

    Oil driven industry. Oil is up, work is good. Oil slump you're might be out of a job.

  8. "Hard work but educational"

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    Former Employee - Credit Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Credit Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and trust from Senior Management

    Cons

    Multiple entities make it difficult to navigate the company

    Advice to Management

    This is to the new management. Recognize those who are dedicated and trustworthy.


  9. "Diverse Company"

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    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    All of my coworkers in my team and location group were fantastic, and my manager was encouraging growth at all times.

    Cons

    The blame game is played by some customer service departments - blaming their mistakes on operations, etc.


  10. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Pipe Inspector in Youngstown, OH
    Current Employee - Pipe Inspector in Youngstown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical and Dental Insurance
    Free Vision Insurance
    Paid Vacation
    Holiday Pay
    Excellent 401K

    Cons

    Low Hourly Wage
    12 Hour Swing Shifts

    Advice to Management

    Higher Hourly Wage