National Oilwell Varco Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
280 Reviews

3.5
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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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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Love my job!

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    • Senior Management
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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 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
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    The best job I have had in last 15 years. Management in F&A very supportive.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Management of Finance and Accounting in Rigs Solutions division were most competent and employee oriented. Direct reports were very patient thru the learning phase. Allowed me to learn from my mistakes.

    Cons

    The pace is hectic, but it makes the day go by fast....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus for your continued success

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company that truly supports the employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits benefits benefits. The healthcare benefits are the best out there. 401K is also great. There are numerous worldwide locations to find work.

    Cons

    NOV is a big corporation and change is hard to influence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing the website. In my opinion, it is not representative of a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company to work for, very different from the three major oil and gas service companies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Remote/Real Time Drilling Optimization  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Remote/Real Time Drilling Optimization in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    benefits are about the same as the industry, maybe a bit better. training is flexible and depends a lot on your manager. Working here is like working for a family owned company even this is a large company

    Cons

    personal growth maybe an issue and it depends on your manager and the department you work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    has to work better on personal development and career path, especially for professionals like engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Atmosphere, but tough to get things done

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

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and interesting work

    Cons

    Poorly organized so it's tough to find old design packages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Very much work life balance

    Cons

    you may have to work more than 40 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at what the employee life goals are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Buddy Buddy System At Elmar

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Many  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Many in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, potential for overtime if you need it. Good people to work with but not socialize with. Promotions available if you know the right people.

    Cons

    Pay is a joke compared to other oil & gas industries. A high number of leaders in middle management is a COMPLETE waste of company money. They are not held accountable for their roles in the future demise of this company. Advancements are based solely on who you kiss up to. Inexperienced workers are promoted based on the friendship and nepotism system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises to match other comparable companies are probably out of the question, but eliminating managing positions that can clearly be done by an average employee can give the company flexibility to pay more. But good luck with that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential ruined by major problems.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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