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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated May 24, 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 26 reviews)

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  1. "Good People and Good Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, choice of insurance, 401K match with immediate vesting. People I worked with were amazing.

    Cons

    Subject to swings in the energy market.


  2. "Great place to work, not the best salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are really good. Start with 3 weeks paid vacation. Bonus structure is available. Employees are great - the people are amazing. It feels like working for a small company.

    Cons

    It's widely known that NOV doesn't pay the best.


  3. "Multimedia Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, a nice work environment

    Cons

    Downturn in the oil industry made positions very unstable, many cutbacks on nice things like cofee and annual bonuses removed. Should improve in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    My management was very hands off, which I don't mind. Some better project strategy would be helpful.


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  5. "Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Centrifuge Operator in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Centrifuge Operator in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots and lots of perks; great salary; great benefits; the company has solid respect from other vendors in West Texas

    Cons

    Hard work with no recognition; away too long from family; the salary and benefits are great but, when business is high, management overwork the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and acknowledge hard workers during peek season. Field workers generally feel like they are used during peek season.


  6. "Challenging, Dynamic OIlfield-Related Engineering Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PROGRAM MANAGER In COMMERCIALIZATION in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - PROGRAM MANAGER In COMMERCIALIZATION in Conroe, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Innovation- Driven Engineering
    - Strong synergy between Engineering development groups
    - Strong synergy between Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales and Executive Management
    - Excellent opportunities to stretch your wings and advance beyond your current position
    - Very generous pay and bonus opportunities when you are willing to put in effort for the company
    - Excellent opportunities to travel the world

    Cons

    - Standard roller-coaster oilfield pace:
        - if you are prepared mentally for it, it's a fantastically great place to ride the "up and over the tops" as well as the "down and bottoms"
        - i.e., NOT for the timid engineer

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on! I had a great time. Thanks for the ride.


  7. "Love my job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work been here 2 yrs and love it

    Cons

    Have revolving door with management for some reason


  8. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The management are approachable and concerned for their employees. My division doesn't like cube farms but individual offices (which I love).

    Cons

    Salaries have been stuck for a couple of years and there is often no clear career path. I guess it is a problem with the oil & gas industry.

    Advice to Management

    Look at diversifying into other fields.


  9. "Okay Overall - Not Worth the Oil Price Volatility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, positive, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Good old boy culture
    Not many opportunities for advancement
    Raises are not given often

    Advice to Management

    Keeping good talent means investing in them. Younger talent is needed for continuous innovation.


  10. "Solid Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Solid Support System, Strong Management

    Cons

    A Bit Top-Heavy at Times

    Advice to Management

    Allow Locations to Run Their Business


  11. "Great People; Lackluster Compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are amazing! Friendly and helpful. This is probably one of the best and underrated parts of NOV.
    Managers are quite approachable and listen to employees.
    Somewhat flexible work life balance. Managers usually respect and trust employees when it comes to personal needs like dealing with kids, doctor's visits, etc. Telecommuting isn't widely accepted yet but we may be getting there soon.
    Locations in major cities.
    Plethora of employee wisdom due to older employees remaining until retirement.
    Company welcomes feedback. Just recently held a survey and sent out an action plan based on its results.
    Benefits are at least pretty standard. They compensate for travel. They provide medical, vision, and dental. They match 401k up to 4%, which is nice. Vacation starts at 3 weeks standard and grows with seniority. When times are good, they're great because NOV also does profit sharing. If you know big oil, then you know those checks are nice. Don't expect another anytime soon though.
    They've already laid off several employees to stay afloat, meaning anyone remaining or new is probably safe at this point. They also seem to be securing more opportunities.

    Cons

    Compensation is normally below average, adding to their retention concerns.
    Path for career growth is obscure despite managers being highly approachable.
    Industry itself is more traditional and less open to newer practices. This, however, is showing signs of change.
    Not sure who will carry the torch as the senior employees continue to retire. The younger people tend to be drawn to perks of startups and not stick around long at NOV. NOV really falls behind here due to the old school expectation of monetary compensation and just having a job being enough for employees.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great in asking for feedback. Employees responded well and made great points. It's on you now to follow through.


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