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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Clay C. Williams
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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 26 reviews)

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  1. "Sustaining Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Great work enviornment and culture.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons at NOV.


  2. "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


  3. "Good company to work for before the oil price crash"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Stavanger (Norway)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Stavanger (Norway)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large interesting company with good possibilities of career progression when times were good and oil prices were still high.

    A large variety of product lines to work with. Tasks are varied and often exciting.

    Friendly co-workers and managers (depends on the department).

    Average pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Poor synergy between the various departments within NOV. Some divisions do their own thing and do not carry others along. This sometimes make it difficult to deliver a complete suite of products and services to clients. This also led to some departments within NOV hiring externally recruits while other departments were laying off workers. As a result, many talented workers were laid off when they could easily have been transferred to other departments that needed their expertise.

    Advice to Management

    There are far too many vice principals who don't bring anything to the table.


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  5. "Next Generation Program"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    -Great managers
    -Great team
    -Good salary and benefits
    -Travelling opportunities

    Cons

    -Too much travel at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. "Sr. Technical Writer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NOV is a great company with good pay, benefits, and loyalties.

    Cons

    Employee ergonomics were not as well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep managing with employee concerns in focus.


  7. "Good Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible, nice ambient, nice people, worldwide operations

    Cons

    Salaries, some upper management people, improvised

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


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    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 company and people. The salary and benefits are in line with the rest of the industry and the company is not as cut throat as some of its competitors.

    Cons

    There are so many divisions so it the work experience and culture can be wildly different depending on where you work.

    Advice to Management

    Work on getting consistency across the divisions and streamlining processes as much as possible as there is so much time spent keeping up with the infinite moving parts and quirks


  9. "Organizational changes have taken their toll"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow
    Not many career opportunities outside of Middle East or Houston
    Friendly and eager staff
    Lots of large company perks

    Cons

    Organizational changes have taken the focus away from people, so they are seen as nothing more than a commodity.
    Employee appreciation is the first thing to be removed in a poor economy.
    Management structure has removed all decision making from employees, very difficult to get anything done.
    Very frustrating.
    In the downturn, very poor decisions were made regarding layoffs. Became a very stressful workplace.
    Very little career prospects in most positions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that your employees are your greatest asset. Give your employees some autonomy again and you'll be surprised at the results.


  10. "MFG Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus and great opportunities for growth

    Cons

    layoffs during the down market

    Advice to Management

    compensate top performing employees


  11. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not too many opportunities to grow. Management not to open to communication.


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