National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
305 Reviews
3.5
305 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position" (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of business structure with middle management (in 10 reviews)

  • Hard to move up, heavy workload providing no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    I like the corporate culture right here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance and benefit package is really good.

    Cons

    pay is below average what we do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work now

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

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

    Pros

    Techno sound and good opportunities

    Cons

    None right now, if I think of something I'll come back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff like working here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very satusfying entry level experience.

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    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND (US)
    Current Employee - Fluids Engineer in Minot, ND (US)

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

    Pros

    They are a large company which means they have a lot of resources. They have good training programs.

    Cons

    They are a large company and the employee often feels like they are not a part of the company, but just a number.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company and people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great career opportunities and great company that help employees improve and excel

    Cons

    I have no comments on the cons, as there are always room to improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more open communication needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back with the right boss

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    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Assembly Tech in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities are available if you seek for them. Ask around to get trained in other positions. Learn whatever you can and you'll move up.

    Cons

    Hours are sometimes long but the industry is mostly like this so there aren't that many choices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication!! Departments don't talk to each other about what's going on. Upper management never lets employees know what's going on with the company. It doesn't feel like a community.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome Compnay to work for

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    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Good environment, learn something new every day

    Cons

    There Are not any cons to this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give management, keep up good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Good Place to Start

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Bridgeport, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Bridgeport, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Minimal oversight, travel pay, a good start for people who want to get into the oilfield. The work is often very easy with little complications.

    Cons

    Usually understaffed in the field. The work can be easy, but it can become very difficult with little support. Working as a righand, you have other workers to help you. In this position, however, you are usually working alone. Expect to buy most of your own tools and equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A slightly more competitive pay and accomodations for equipment purchased would make field operations much more attractive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Large company, ability to move around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits of working for a large company with many office all over the world.

    Cons

    Because it's so large, visibility is a challenge. Challenging status quo is not a good thing here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with employees and open to disruptive technologies.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    laid back place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

    Pros

    easy to work with co-workers

    Cons

    not very competitive pay compared to others in this business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It seemed like a good start but then things changed.

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    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator in La Porte, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator in La Porte, TX (US)

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everything seemed okay at first with good benefits, retirement and the like. The management was strong with great projections for the future.

    Cons

    Our company was bought then promptly sold off in a matter of a year after much assurance that NOV would never do such a thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more forthcoming with your new acquisitions and they may trust you a little more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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