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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  • Laid off with oil and gas recession (in 46 reviews)

  • Upper Management is not well informed of the challenges of the employees to complete their tasks (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Great Potential-but falling short"

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Great Technology, Benefits are decent,

    Cons

    Management, Entitlement, Doesn't play well with others


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Worker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Worker in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, for all your time

    Cons

    Oil Field job security scares

  3. "Accounting Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    NOV is a very large company with high PROFITS, therefore, they have superior systems, top notch technology.

    Cons

    NOV depts. lack formal processes and procedures. Who leads the leader? They are far behind in compensation within their industry. Poorly paid employees.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee training in systems, processes, people and procedures. You have great employees, yet lack training resources.


  4. "Good oboys"

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

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

    Pros

    Close to Ausin in Cedar Park

    Cons

    If they like you,your OK. If not, SEE YA


  5. "NOV Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    opportunity to meet great people and work on interesting project

    Cons

    Very large compartmentalized company. No raise in the last three years. Micro managed in my current roll.


  6. "Sad But True"

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    Former Employee - Technician, Manager, in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Technician, Manager, in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers... the people you spent more time than your family at home. Those people out on the floor and in the office were the ones that made it worth it all. The majority of them were willing to teach you the correct way and help you understand what you were trying to learn.

    Cons

    Upper management was never willing to take time to appreciate the commitment, dedication, and acknowledge the worker who made them look good. There was no employee recognition for working late Fridays, weekends, and coming in on call to make it work to make sure the job was not missed. Outside sales were very greedy, self-centered, and manipulating. Even when they gave out t-shirts or hats, they did it out of spite and made us fight tooth and nail against each other which started jealousy, hate, and betrayal. We didn't have Christmas parties, bonus, or awards.

    Advice to Management

    I don't need to say anything to Management, apparently they are well aware how to manage a shop to keep the customer happy but if only that commitment was to the employee then the doors would be still open in Bakersfield.


  7. "Field Technician"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician

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

    Pros

    Constant Work, Good Benefits

    Cons

    No life balance, Lots of paper work and consistently changing

    Advice to Management

    Field techs spend way too much time on paperwork . Go back to way it was and let field techs spend their time working on the issues rather than the papers

  8. "Has its ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Conroe, TX
    Current Employee - Machinist in Conroe, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The conroe facillity 500 conroe park west. Good benefits and advancements in manufacturing. Management has became optimum compared to past years.

    Cons

    Always work your weekends unless you get a slow week. Certain individuals are placed before others. Female employees in shop get away with alot with no consequences, have yet to see and diciplinary action taken against a female whether its phone use which is constant, alcohol never seen a drug test or constantly calling in or late. I have work at this facility for almost 10 years and observed alot of behaviors.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees work and effort put into jobs time completed and quality, reward those doing the work. Treat every individual with the same respect whether male or female.


  9. "Electrical Design Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Sense of team, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    job security, pay, lack of bonus, bonus structure


  10. "Assembly"

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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

    Good benefits and good people

    Cons

    You just a number to them


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