National Oilwell Varco
3.4 of 5 232 reviews
www.nov.com Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.4 232 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

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

Pete Miller Jr.

(142 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There is a great work-life balance within the culture of NOV"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Very diverse company with lots of opportunities across the globe"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "large company that you might never be seen by uppity manager"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Middle management does not see or share the vision"
    in 5 reviews
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A good company overall

Software Engineer (Former Employee)

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

ProsGreat colleagues, good kantina. The offices are nice.

ConsHard to get a pay increase, distant bosses.

No, I would not 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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Have worked at NOV for over 5 years, great work environment.

Warehouse Coordinator (Current Employee)
Houma, LA (US)

I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAt NOV you can work at a pace you're comfortable with, without having a supervisor all over you all the time. Very strong on safety, as well as exceptional work etics.Good working teams.Great place to work.

ConsNOV tends to focus more on their operations in Houston in regards to family days, employee appreciation events, and many other events that take place in Texas. They need to remeber other facilities outside of Texas,like in Louisiana they bring alot to NOV both finiacally, as well as team leaders and safe work environments. Also down South there's no room for advancement no matter how great you are at what you do, they only reply that you are maxed out in pay at you position, stop comparing positions look at individuals not the set pay scale for a position.

Advice to Senior ManagementNOV is a very rapid growing company so employee pay should reflect this, a evaluation for a raise every 18 months is just not cutting it when your steadly buying other companies, but letting exisiting employees live from paycheck to paycheck, without even thinking about the cost of living increasing daily. Management consider this " How do you want your family to live in regards to everyday functions in the household"?

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

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Good Place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsPushed and developed at same time; everyone has opportunity for own advancement if they so wish

ConsExtensive Travel and time away can become burdensome but are supported while doing so

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

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Great

Instrument Engineer - Well Fluid Control (Current Employee)
Stavanger (Norway)

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

ProsVery good Work/Life Balance. Competitive salaries (not the best)
Flexi hours. Big organization. Lots of ongoing projects

Consdon't see any cons yet. Maybe other companies pay more

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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Friendly atmosphere, but low pay for the industry.

Data Administrator (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsRoom to move up the ladder.

ConsThe salary base compared to other oil and gas companies is below market.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more with employees and their goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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