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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated July 16, 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 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Opportunity for personal and professional development"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "NOV"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top professional personnel, See and travel around the world, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Long term assignments over seas (6 weeks)

  3. "Assembly mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Recognize performance of employees

    Cons

    Don't have any negative comments

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  4. "Harder Workers Thrive Here"

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

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

    Pros

    There is so much opportunity at this organization to advance in your career if you are willing to work hard. I've been very lucky to get to be in multiple different positions during my time here, some of which I was not qualified for when I started, but they love to promote from within and took the time to train me up. I would also say that, for the most part, managers tend to be flexible and work with you in regards to your scheduling.

    Cons

    Due to the downturn in O&G, there have been a lot of layoffs and perks that have been suspended for the time being (hopefully they bring these back after we get out of it). They typically pay at mid-market so if making money is your most important career aspiration, this is probably not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways to engage employees and help bring in new talent such as half day Fridays, 9-80 scheduling, additional vacation, etc.


  5. "Project Coordinator - Manufacturing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A true meritocracy... your abilities mean more than your resume or education. Loyal to employees and willing to work around personal needs. A company that is not bound up by procedures and red tape... focused on task accomplishment

    Cons

    Not a high paying employer - you will be paid below median for your role. Medical plans suck after Obama Care. Sometimes lacks executive control and guidance and planning.

    Advice to Management

    Do one thing and do it well. Learn the difference between empowering employees and abandoning them to drift.


  6. "Wonderful"

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    Former Employee - Fabrication in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Fabrication in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NOV truly cares about each employee and treats all with respect.

    Cons

    Only challenge in 2017 is lack of orders due to oil prices being so low.
    NOV Orange has laid off over 1000 employees and can not hire until American drill companies can afford to drill and regain the required level of profits again.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management, as they are the best I have had the privilege to work with.


  7. "Great Pay with Great Benifits"

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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 place to work and grow

    Cons

    super corporate atmosphere and straight forward expectations

  8. "Buyer Planner"

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    Current Employee - Buyer Planner
    Current Employee - Buyer Planner
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best people I have ever worked with

    Cons

    No recycling program; under staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Show up. Don't ask a facility to do something until you have gone there and solved a problem.


  9. "Operation Support Specialist"

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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

    It is a great company.

    Cons

    There are a lot of business units.


  10. "Mechanic Facilities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanic Facilities in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanic Facilities in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    NOV is a great company with good pay, benefits, and loyalties.Working for 3 years

    Cons

    layoffs during the down market


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