National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
309 Reviews
3.5
309 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 24 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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    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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    • 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 company to work for as long as you are not a tech because of the time off.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k, Food and travel reimbursement, gas card, computer, phone and tool expense, 10% bonus bi-annually, training.

    Cons

    Time off, on call. Working 80-120+ a week.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stable laid-back environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Specialist in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The company is as stable as any gets in this day and age. At least withing the corporate side of things it wasn't a high-pressure job so there wasn't an overabundance of work related stress. If you're ambitious and have goals of moving up the career chain there seemed to be opportunities for that.

    Cons

    Not a very structured review cycle. Unless your motivated to take charge of your career don't expect much change to be initiated by management. Overall compensation seemed a bit below par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize employee performance metrics and develop ways to identify and reward hard-working employees without them initiating the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - CNC Machinist
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist

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

    Pros

    good benefits, really good pay, it's pretty consistent hours, nothing too outrageous!

    Cons

    nothing is really too challenging about working here. don't have any concerns!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Professional people, very strong financially

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bridgeport, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Leader in the petroleum industry. Has been in business for a long time, isn't going away.

    Cons

    Very large corp structure, can take time to get answers on pending projects. Budget forecasting is sometimes dictated what your response should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good place to work now

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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
  11.  

    Very satusfying entry level experience.

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    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

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