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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 20, 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 77 reviews)

  • "Great benefits also great company to work for" (in 101 reviews)

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

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

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  1. "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.


  2. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Great company from all aspects

    Cons

    Managing being a large company

  3. "Cyber Incident Response Analyst"

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    • 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 work/life balance and enviornment

    Cons

    When the market dips, your bonus suffers


  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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting people and good socio interaction

    Cons

    Too much work and little room for advancement


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and safe work environment

    Cons

    Management of direct reports needs to improve

    Advice to Management

    Managers should consider when promoting employees to other positions the amount of knowledge that the new candidate actually bring to the table, not just how close there friendship is. I have seen this occurance too many times working for this company. Not to mention qualified women are constantly getting overlooked for vacant opportunities to only see some male with less knowledge and larger expectations of salary actually fill the seat. This is a habitual occurance at NOV.


  6. "Seems to have lost its way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Company has a long history of building culture.

    Cons

    The pay is below average, and the direction it seems to be moving in doesn't line up with the reality of the market.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people more.


  7. "Previous employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I worked in both manufacturing and design. They had great people to work with many willing to spend the extra time needed to help you learn the product as well as the business.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a lack of communication and a bit of favoritism. Little chance for raises or bonuses no matter how much effort you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your people. Let them in on what is going on in the industry and how they can better improve not only themselves but the company. Continue to educate and support good practices.

  8. "Good Experience Working at NOV"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Management, Good Benefits, Great People

    Cons

    Growth Is slow. Pay not great and raises are slow to come by. Employee Development is Poor. There is no career development for employees.


  9. "Ok Company"

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    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers, some-what flexible work environment. Good benefits if in it for long haul

    Cons

    Cyclical industry. Massive layoffs. Policies drives everything instead of merit. Worker moral significantly lower since CEO change

    Advice to Management

    Go back to way it used to be before CEO change. Now it seems like its all about money not people


  10. "Shipping"

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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

    Great work environment and good money.

    Cons

    Working nights and supervisor at the time sucked.


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