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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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Clay C. Williams
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Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 19 reviews)

  • Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is generally good, although it depends on the position a lot (in 6 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  2. Excellent company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  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

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good learning curve. Very useful for future.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Try to develop multi-skill expert instead of specialist.

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  5. Electrical Engineer

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for people with drive. The company has a multitude of projects and departments to find the right one. There is more stability here than in other companies when the price of oil goes down.

    Cons

    The salaries are below the industry average which then the company keeps a few too many below average workers. The downside of the company being so big is it can take a very long time to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries for the people who deserve it so the talent can stay in the company. Do more recognition of employee achievements.

  6. Family environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It feels like you work with family

    Cons

    Salaries are not increasing as fast as needed

  7. Great management, great environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    I never wanted to kill myself. In fact, most days I found the job entertaining. Management did a great job of keeping me engaged and handing me additional responsibilities as I proved I could take them on.

    Cons

    A fairly old school culture. As a recent college graduate I'm sure there are more enjoyable experiences out there. Really not too much to complain about though. Left on good terms.

    Advice to Management

    I didn't feel like I was necessarily surrounded by the highest quality talent. A number of my coworkers were flat-out incompetent actually. Focus on human capital acquisition. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  8. Operations Support Representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall there are great career opportunities.

    Cons

    Not good at giving raises.

  9. Good opportunities for High Potential employees

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cooperation is extremely valued and highly promoted in this company. Even with a large number of quality employees, it is not very difficult to stand out as exceptional and get recognized for outstanding work.

    Cons

    Low Base Pay - extremely bureaucratic system for getting raises or giving raises to employees - no clear policies for reimbursements which leads to confusion and frustration among employees.

  10. senior design engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I believe I am a productive team member

    Cons

    No Stability No promises kept

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    Newer Acquisition

    Current Employee - Employee in Springfield, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Employee in Springfield, OH (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Since acquisition, focus has been much more concentrated on Safety and consolidations, which allows us to see multiple ways of doing things and choosing the best method.

    Cons

    Many, many changes at facility levels, management levels, process levels, etc... Current culture, as most, very resistant to change so makes it sometimes challenging.

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