National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
279 Reviews

3.5
279 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Some problems with middle management (in 7 reviews)

  • no work life balance and bad management (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pushed and developed at same time; everyone has opportunity for own advancement if they so wish

    Cons

    Extensive Travel and time away can become burdensome but are supported while doing so

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse company with lots of opportunities across the globe. My experience is of fast moving challenging work in a team of really nice people.

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of anything significant. The base salaries are not the highest in the industry but this is balanced out by a great working environment and good culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    good learning curve. Very useful for future.

    Cons

    Learning depends on the project we work, sometimes seems very slow process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to develop multi-skill expert instead of specialist.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Seem to care for their employees. They support continued training and will pay for other training opportunities People are great and many chances to travel. Insurance is great.

    Cons

    Pay may be a little low compared to other Oil and Gas companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Love my job!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have been here for over 5 years and have been in several positions. Each position gets better and better! As long as you come into work and do your job, you will succeed.

    Cons

    None, I actually left NOV and came back a year later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only thing is...watch how employees treat others. No one likes mean people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good Business strategy for growth.

    Cons

    Very functional and limited in managing projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out for Mafia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to gain experience in the Oil and Gas Industry

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable job situation; low micromanagement; wide range of products and services; Benefits are excellent and Vacation days afforded to new employees is the most I have seen anywhere; Opportunity is there to learn and gain valuable experience in the Oil and Gas Services Industry

    Cons

    Working environment is far too political; Salary is below what competitors pay; little opportunity to develop skills and move up in one's career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking more consideration with where employees want to take their careers, instead of putting them on career paths based on what they perceive they would be best in. Strengths analysis is important to determine where an employee will best fit, but there should be more focus as well on where the employee wants to work at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growing too fast?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    With so many acquisitions in such a short period of time, there is never a shortage of things to do nor a shortage of talent and possibly best practices to integrate into current businesses.

    Cons

    From the position I held from an acquired company, it seemed like some of their benefits and other policies/programs are a bit old school. It feels like they spend all of their time integrating new business that they don't have the time, with the people they have, to really analyze what they offer and see if it needs upgrading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Disappointed of our management, its the SCHOOL OF THE BUDDY SYSTEM.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Angelo, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Insurance and benefits, but in reality the employee is really paying for these.

    Cons

    Low pay, days off behind for amount of hours worked. Older managers are intimidated by the young because of fresh ideas these people generate. Definitely office personal are sub par for the jobs. Promotions are based on the buddy system not on their qualifications. Laid back attitude in office. And NO I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire young educated people as managers and watch the attitude change and the increase in sales and profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential ruined by major problems.

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    Former Employee - QC Inspector  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Superb benefits package. They pay for your work clothes, boots, Rx glasses, and job related professional organization dues. NOV is involved in just about every facet of the oilfield so there is also a lot to learn from a company like this. This place looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Poor pay compared with the rest of the industry. They want you there all day every day, Sundays, holidays you name it. However the biggest problem I saw was that management was very out of touch. My superiors has their jobs due to friendships, family, and even on the job injury, not for their qualifications. I am not an old man and I had more experience in my industry than most all of them. I really wish that was an exaggeration. Fake it till you make it might work for some places, but you just can't fake experience that you don't have. For obvious reasons the turnover was very high. This makes it a very difficult environment to work in when people are constantly coming and going. I was always either short handed or training someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company has a lot of potential to be a great place. However, until the pay scale and company culture is up to the standards of the rest of the industry, NOV will just be a training grounds and stepping stone for skilled workers, not a career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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