National Oilwell Varco
3.4 of 5 231 reviews
www.nov.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX US

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.4 116 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

National Oilwell Varco Chairman, President, CEO, and Director Pete Miller Jr.

Pete Miller Jr.

(76 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Successful summer internship that taught me a lot.

Project Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at National Oilwell Varco as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe atmosphere with NOV was great. Everybody I encountered loved their job and I felt the work I was given tested and challenged me almost daily.

ConsI only worked at NOV for a short period of time, and I didn't encounter any cons/

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have gained a wealth of experience and knowledge working for NOV

Senior Credit Analyst (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVery stable and growing organization. Excellent benefits. Continuing educational opportunity.

ConsThe are very large and growing faster than the staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementTraining and accountability is an issue company wide.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a great Company to work for.

Department Supervisor (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsNOV is a company who invests in it's employees training and advancement. Keeps advancing with new technologies and improves on the older proven technologies to keep a good financial position in the industry. It's business model is excellent.

ConsThe salaries lag behind others in the same field. Needs to move more to a field service company in some of it's products to help diversify in the industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementCost of living raises needs to be equal across the board and not more generous to just the upper management. It actually improves productivity when employees feel the company appreciates the work that's put in to make the company what it is. Upper management tells it's underlings what it wants, but we make it happen.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Willing to help you grow.

Assistant Controller (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsKey people who work hard are given opportunities to prove themselves.

ConsPay is generally lower than other companies for comparable jobs.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetain good employees by giving annual raises.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to learn a lot from.

Process Improvement Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsThis company is growing very rapidly.

ConsEmployee turnover is extremely high.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe open-minded to continuous improvements

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great job to start off and get your foot in the door

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

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

ProsFlexible hours, great drilling experience, it is left up to you on what you make out of it, creative environment, and laid back bosses.

ConsInternal trainings are awful and a waste of time, it takes forever to do anything outside of your team, a lot of meetings, too many finger in your pie, and hard to get rid of people that do not do their daily job.

Advice to Senior ManagementSend employees to outside training, better raises that are not based on how your team does but how you do and none of the this is the max percentage that was passed down to corporate it discourages your people to be motivated to work harder, do retention bonuses, and be competitive in salaries

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Trying to grind through not having more than two days off a month

CNC Machinist (Current Employee)
Conroe, TX (US)

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

ProsPlenty of o.t. good pay great benefits okay food stressful environment!!!!!

ConsOnly two days off a month!!!!!! 12 hours a day for 13 days straight have no time with family or friends can't get anything else done with only two days off!!!!!! Bull$&!@ !!!!!!!

Advice to Senior ManagementSunday should be optional we need time to recharge or at least every other weekend off both sat/Sun. Seriously come on!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company, great group

Network Engineer (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

Pros-Great workplace
-Flexible Hours
-Smart Management
-Boss easy to talk to
-Training opportunities

Cons-Seems like pay is a bit low and not competitive to other oil companies in the industry

Advice to Senior ManagementPay up to industry standard

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience as an intern

Design Draftsman (Current Employee)
Conroe, TX (US)

I have been working at National Oilwell Varco as an intern for more than 3 years

ProsManagement was understanding of intern situation. Very flexible.

ConsYou need to make your voice be heard.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for growth opportunity.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company, Good People

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsThe people. Everyone is friendly and easy to work with. Benefits are decent and you have a large selection to meet your needs. Salary is comparable to other companies.

ConsVERY large company and trying to connect with intercompany contacts can be trying.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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