National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
344 Reviews
3.5
344 Reviews
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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.  

    Mixed - depend upon management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary, excellent medical insurance plan, good 401k plan, bonus - decent benefit.
    Great Human Resource department.
    Oil industry doing well, so does NOV.

    Cons

    Mix of management styles among different groups - had great management in past, but after recent changes, come across bad and incompetent management that is damaging product development.
    Growth opportunities for young people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look deeper into some groups, where bad and incompetent management is hurting employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Masnager in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Masnager in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Company Values are excellent, the benefits are great. The executive management are very in touch with middle management.

    Cons

    The company is so large that you really don't know what other facilities do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Network between divisions so the middle management can meet other managers running the same department as them in order to increase best practices in all divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    Good work place to work

    Cons

    Less sal but good exp

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None just care for employee

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    Good to gain experience but most management seems to be looking out for themselves

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Selective hiring process that weeds out most incompetent people but some still make it through. Makes work much easier when your not picking up others slack. Benefits start day 1 and all information is explained in orientation. For those working in production they provide prescription eyewear and steel toe boots

    Cons

    standard corporate BS where some people become complacent and put others down to ensure their survival within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    informing employees about possible opportunities for personal growth within a company, informing employees of opportunities either within the company to grow or return to school for opportunities to benefit both employee/company. for a company that works 24/7 on 3 shifts there should be more opportunity to help those that want to go better their career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    in general I feel good working for NOV, the people and the amount of work fit my expectations, I want to be involved in more projects and be in contact with new knowledge

    Cons

    the training programs are really poor, and I think make the good talents look for other opportunities, also I think the salary range is below the media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more motivation to the employees make them happy and with more commitment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    they understand the value of the people

    Cons

    nothing at this time to mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    evironment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    great place to work for

    Cons

    very few to find out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    overall pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fitter in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Fitter in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    decent pay plenty of hours, great benefits and a decent work environment

    Cons

    sometimes too little time with the family, can have a lot of drama but that is a lot of places, takes forever to get improvements to make the job easier. Not an environment that is open to change easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on production systems and parts delivery systems. It would just make it a better place to work with less problems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good benefits, low pay, and feels dead end due to lack of employee development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Fixed Asset Accountant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is decent, but during crunch times you can put in many hours(i find this typical of any organization, though). Pay is low for the industry, but the job security is high. While our competitors are currently laying off thousands, NOV has done well to keep everyone on staff in Houston.

    Cons

    Systems are old and antiquated, running simple reports are difficult and require much time.

    Middle managers are often wrong, or unhappy, which creates some tension around the office, perhaps that is only at the location I work at though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture pretty much doesnt exist outside of the corporate office, make efforts to change that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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