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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated August 22, 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. "Project Coordinator - Manufacturing"

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    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.


  2. "Great Pay with Great Benifits"

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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 place to work and grow

    Cons

    super corporate atmosphere and straight forward expectations

  3. "Good vs big"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    The equipment is really good in most cases, and sometimes astounding

    Cons

    It is a big cumbersome company

    Advice to Management

    Be more adventurous


  4. "Human Resources Assistant"

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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

    benefits, Paid time off, vacation time

    Cons

    Management, communication, values of the company


  5. "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.


  6. "assembly"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    money and hours. Also employees are great

    Cons

    bad bosses. They dont care about employees


  7. "Horrible company to work for"

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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

    Plenty of opportunities for overtime.

    Cons

    Management has no idea how to treat their employees. Seems like their motto is everyone is replaceable. Salary is well below market average.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management.

  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. "Used to be good until new management took over."

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    Current Employee - Field Operator in Lake Arthur, LA
    Current Employee - Field Operator in Lake Arthur, LA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I guess flexible when you need emergency time off. Drive to location in a company truck, albeit crappy ones. Insurance isn't the best but it's acceptable I guess.

    Cons

    Treat you like dirt, don't care if you are unhappy even if you work your butt of for them. No per-diem pay. No bonuses. Hardly ever get a raise over $.02 in the last three or four years. Poor management.

    Advice to Management

    If your workers have to deal with being stuck at a crappy location, even after requesting to move, at least make the headache worth it with a pay raise. Especially for those that always work hard and never complained before


  10. "Great Experience, but..."

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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

    Some very talented people working throughout this organization.

    Cons

    The old guard needs to move on. On balance, this is a 20th century tech organization. Company does not integrate well, tends to react slower than industry counterparts to market forces and struggles with process and standards of operation. All this means employees (and customers) are in constant state of uncertainty and change which has caused much of the emerging talent to look elsewhere for stimulating product development.

    Advice to Management

    Stop recycling management. Bring in new talent that can rethink the oil field service and manufacturing model and lead from the front and not the rear. There is a lot of top shelf talent out there under 50.


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