National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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  1. Electrical Engineer

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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 (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.

  2. senior design engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. Frankenstein

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very large with a lot of resources and talented people around you. With quite a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Too much red tape with all the policies. It is too big for its own good. It just buys companies that make money. Trying to continually bring in these mishmash of companies and make them fit as is does not work well.

    Advice to Management

    I don't often use buzz words but they seriously need synergy. Centralize certain aspects of your business. One group has no idea what the other group is doing or how they get things done. So much waste is going on it was hard to watch.

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  5. Overall, it's been a joy to work here

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AP Specialist in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - AP Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with majority of my co-workers

    Cons

    Some of the supervisors take being the boss to the their and will micromanage. Not a good look on some.

  6. Helpful (1)

    I enjoy working at NOV

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and laid back atmosphere. Right now oil and gas jobs are being laid off, but NOV seems pretty loyal to its employees and have only laid off where it had to.

    Cons

    Pay is below average. Because the company has grown so quickly, most of the facilities are on a different ERP system so integration could be improved between business units.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Hostile work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively stable, except now that the price of oil is dropping.

    Cons

    Management by temper tantrum is not only accepted, but rewarded. Verbal abuse is common.

  8. Creative work environment

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

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Invests in personnel and allows freedom/creativity at work. Strong safety culture.

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Salaries below average.

  9. Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

    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

    Great company with great opportunties

    Cons

    Lower compensation when compared to industry

  10. good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    great benefits , flexible hours

    Cons

    too much drama since there are dif. racial

  11. Great company, great people, great benifits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Designer in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - General Designer in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Diverse work experience, flexable hours, great opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Practices not consistant from facility to facility.

    Advice to Management

    Work on intergrating the company more.

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