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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Freedom to act and self project startup

Supply Chain Analyst (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB

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

ProsManagement extremely flexible and willing to let employees try new things
Provide freedom to let employees perform self start-up project or initiative
Unlimited career opportunities and roles to undertake

ConsCompensation package is lacking compared to industry standard
It takes great deal of time to implement change

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company environment and harmony makes NOV a great place to work for, but the compensation package is definitely lacking. A more comprehensive offering would definitely help employees stay

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

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NOV is a great company to work for

Quality Assurance Specialist (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB

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

ProsNOV - global company with strong knowledge and skilled people and strong systems. Lots of different growth career avenues.

ConsToo big to know all that there is

Advice to Senior ManagementShare or bring different business together and work together to streamline some of the processes

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

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A great place to learn the business

Sales (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

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

ProsAccess to all facets of the oil and gas busines. A strong employee first attitude. I would reccomend this as a good company to work for

ConsBig company processes and red tape that are there for good reason but can be frustrating. Thre is never just one person to call

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

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The company needs to hire managers that are qualified and treat employees better.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood fellow employees and some unity between divisions.

ConsManagement is out of touch. What management says and what it does are two different things. Managers verbally abuse employees and HR does not investigate.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood hard working employees never see raises or bonuses. Branch manager keeps entire bonus.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's a good job for a short amount of time

Field Service Technician (Former Employee)
Edmonton, AB

I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

ProsIt was alright, pay was good, and the schedule was flexible enough.

ConsWork got monotonous, no room for growth.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pay is ok, Management in Canada not so much

Technician (Current Employee)

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

ProsFlexibility and good work hours.

ConsManagement don't know what they are doing and run the business based on their bonus rather than what's good for the company. They all lack the knowledge and experience required to make this company successful.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetire.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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they do not pay well

Iside Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB

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

Prosit is not a very far drive from home, I have my own office,

Consto much drama and seperation from outside sales and inside sales and stuff backstabbing throwing people under the buss

Advice to Senior Managementpay your good employees more (what they deserve)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good job but wouldn't pay overtime that was worked and never got a single thanks when I was forced to run a branch alone

Inside Sales/Warehouse (Current Employee)
Fort McMurray, AB

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

ProsBetter wage than I was making in BC

ConsManagement doesn't seem to appreciate employees at the lower level, only expects things

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees. A little thanks goes a long ways. And when you only have 2 people on shift, and expect 9 hour days, with no lunch break, yet won't allow anyone to be alone at the branch... pay them that extra hour of overtime!!! For months I worked 45 hour weeks and only got paid for 40. Ridiculous NOV, you can afford better than that. Never got a single thanks from management or a raise in 8 months

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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National Oilwell Varco good place to work

Service Tech (Current Employee)

I have been working at National Oilwell Varco

ProsExcellent upward mobility if that is what you would like to do. Management has a clear head on their shoulders and there is opportunity for educational upgrades.

ConsThere is mostly a need to travel outside of Canada to develop your career. The management here seem to hunker down in there position and never leave.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease drug test, the results accross the board of Management and Employees alike might surprise you. I know there is management in my department that have scored drugs on the floor from their subordinates!!!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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