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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Uncertainty within the fluctuating marketing products, due to downturn in oil and gas (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. "Operation Support Specialist"

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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

    It is a great company.

    Cons

    There are a lot of business units.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The drilling automation department is alive and producing software to automate and enhance the drilling optimization. New projects come about and there are great people to work with.

    Cons

    The worst part is that the oil industry is still in a slump. The company is in a protective mode so money (even for raises) is spent sparingly.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people working for you monetarily or they will find other employment and the people you will be left with will not be able to get you where you are wanting to go.


  4. "Great coporation!!"

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Cedar Park, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great overall company. They provide great benefits

    Cons

    (Cedar Park location) Facility was one big fraternity, and if you didn't fit "the mold", your employment was not enjoyable


  5. "Field Service Tech"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team of techs to work with, lots of Vets.

    Ability to make a lot of money if you want to work a lot of hours.

    Supervisors and Managers were easy to work with, if you work hard and do what you're told, they are very willing to work with you on things like vacation, time off, and emergencies when they come up.

    Cons

    On call work is tough, especially if you want to plan time with the family, if you are single and just want to make a lot of money, this is the job for you.

    Not too much training to be had, hopefully with the upturn in oil, more training opportunities will come up, but luckily the other techs are great about helping you out when you need it, and the supervisors are very helpful as well.

    Advice to Management

    Would be a great time to start bringing on more techs, things are picking up in the oilfield and having personnel in place before the techs get stretched too thin will help to mitigate turnover.

    Would be nice to see a vertical promotion path established, a way for techs who want to move up in the company to do so.


  6. "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


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people in this company. Ones that care about each other, and there are a lot that are always willing to help.

    Cons

    The HR.... I was with the company for many years. And was constantly mislead about my career and growth potential, lied to on multiple occasions so they could promote their friends. I was once told by an HR manager that "I don't work well with men".... If you are not part of their inner circle don't bother looking for growth or promotions. The don't understand recruiting in the slightest and believe that it is not a valuable aspect of Human Resources. Talent is not a priority to them and they want the cheapest person that can just do the job. The culture and values have changed dramatically. In my opinion not for the best.

    Advice to Management

    Management should take into account hard workers, talented individuals and Intelligence rather than those that they have personal relationships with.


  9. "electrical engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    big company, Fortune 500

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow, cyclical layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Put more funds into maintaining stability when downturn arises and into research and development


  10. "Great company, bad timing"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great training, experience and expertise mattered more than job title.

    Cons

    Not enough effort around created a single standard which allowed for different processes in different locations.

    Advice to Management

    Create a single culture when bringing on acquisitions so that managers can manage business processes easier and are able to collaborate across multiple locations and business groups.


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