National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
304 Reviews
3.5
304 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 17 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals" (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Hard to move up, heavy workload providing no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.  

    Good place to work now

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - GIS in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Techno sound and good opportunities

    Cons

    None right now, if I think of something I'll come back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff like working here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I like the corporate culture right here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance and benefit package is really good.

    Cons

    pay is below average what we do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very satusfying entry level experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are a large company which means they have a lot of resources. They have good training programs.

    Cons

    They are a large company and the employee often feels like they are not a part of the company, but just a number.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company and people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great career opportunities and great company that help employees improve and excel

    Cons

    I have no comments on the cons, as there are always room to improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more open communication needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back with the right boss

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities are available if you seek for them. Ask around to get trained in other positions. Learn whatever you can and you'll move up.

    Cons

    Hours are sometimes long but the industry is mostly like this so there aren't that many choices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication!! Departments don't talk to each other about what's going on. Upper management never lets employees know what's going on with the company. It doesn't feel like a community.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome Compnay to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment, learn something new every day

    Cons

    There Are not any cons to this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give management, keep up good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    This is the company for a lifelong career

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    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Thos company demonstrates a true ppreciation for its people. The company drives teamwork and promotes employee development.

    Cons

    None to speak of or worthy of mentioning!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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