National Oilwell Varco Employee Reviews about "oil and gas"

Updated Jan 24, 2021

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National Oilwell Varco President and Chief Executive Officer Clay C. Williams (no image)
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  • "Good benefits and professional atmosphere(in 144 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and great people(in 122 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Volatility of the oil and gas market(in 70 reviews)

  • "Oil and gas industries are in downturn(in 51 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      NOV is a great place to work

      Jun 25, 2020 - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Management was great. Compensation was competitive

      Cons

      Oil and gas is cyclical and thus RIF is always a concern.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good work / life balance

      Jan 11, 2021 - Product Engineer IV in Conroe, TX
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      Pros

      Management support, good work / life balance, cost of medical about average

      Cons

      Volatility of the oil and gas market

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      NOV

      Dec 2, 2020 - Health, Safety and Environmental Manager in Rosenberg, TX
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      Pros

      Great company to be a part of that offers opportunities to prevail.

      Cons

      Oil and gas industry not stable leading to lay offs and facility shut downs.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      NOV

      Sep 30, 2020 - Engineering Manager in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      NOV is willing to lead invest in innovation to help produce market leading technologies and push into new industries. Great benefits. Good employee incentive compensation program based on company performance. Cares about the community and its employees

      Cons

      Sometimes too big and communication between groups is lacking. Oil and Gas company so the price of oil leads to job instability at this point in time.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Way to Start Career

      Sep 27, 2020 - Software Developer in Anderson, TX
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      Pros

      -Learn a lot about oil-and-gas industry and processes. -Friendly coworkers -Growing startup culture and projects, but still has support from main office.

      Cons

      Communication to higher management could be better.

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Get along to get along

      Jul 21, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Good pay and very little management experience in the jobs they have so you can do 50% of the work and talk about it like it's a full time job and they will usually believe you. Great experience in Oil and Gas and when times are not as lean you can travel a lot on the company's dime.

      Cons

      Management team has been promoted over the last decade based on who they know, not actual performance. Politics is more prized than performance. Making decisions means making someone disappointed so very little decisions are made. Keep your head down.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Industry is a Roller Coaster

      May 15, 2020 - Controls Engineer in Anderson, TX
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      Pros

      I worked for a team out in Anderson, TX. I'm still very much an entry level candidate and they were willing to take me on and train me up. The team I worked under had good leadership values which emphasized a good work life balance. Coworkers were friendly and easy to get along with.

      Cons

      The oil and gas industry is known for being a roller coaster. When gas prices tanked, I was layed off. Its a volatile soul sucking industry. The Cons are more for oil and gas and not necessarily reflective of the company.

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    8. 1.0
      Current Employee

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      Oct 22, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      oil and gas is pretty much dead after pandemic

      Cons

      seem like smaller moms and pops are smarter

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company to work for if you know someone

      Nov 17, 2019 - Accountant 
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      Pros

      I started my career at this company with high hopes- fellow employees were great to work with, culture amazing and ability to move within the company fairly easy. Healthcare was amazing when i first started too. Even got several raises too.

      Cons

      It is impossible to move up at NOV unless you know someone or are related to someone. Or are willing to wait 10 15 years for your turn. Also, certain upper management are known to be horrible people and are given a free pass because they get the job done. Pay is much lower than other oil and gas companies for majority of employees and as a consequence many departments have issues remaining staffed (management also makes it a practice to understaff to save money). This means that more likely than not you will be underpaid and overworked. Depending on the location, this may or may not be coupled with either incompetent management or mean horrible bosses. You might get lucky and have a good boss though.

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    10. 3.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Engineering Intern

      Feb 27, 2020 - Internship in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Great industry experience. Good exposure to oil and gas industry.

      Cons

      Poor company values, they exist but are not represented.

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