National Oilwell Varco

  www.nov.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 14 August, 2014
Updated 14 August, 2014
278 Reviews

3.5
278 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Clay C. Williams
5 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is an excellent work/life balance in my position (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits programs for salaried individuals (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Some problems with middle management (in 7 reviews)

  • no work life balance and bad management (in 4 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Freedom to act and self project startup

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Edmonton, AB

    Pros

    Management 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from Hydrarig/Enerflow divisions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    Pros

    Since each division of NOV operates independently there are going to be a wide variety of everyone's experiences. Some divisions are quite well run.

    Cons

    In the Hydrarig/Enerflow division (Calgary, AB):
    -Communication down from management and between departments is lacking
    -Lack of training
    -No performance evaluations or wage review processes
    -IT is understaffed
    -Hiring office staff for hourly jobs at low wages and expecting people to make up the difference in overtime.
    -managers (claim to) lack the authority to adjust wages in their own division, requiring authorization from Houston

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in management and bring in a management team that can build a successful culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    NOV is a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist  in  Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Edmonton, AB

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too big to know all that there is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share or bring different business together and work together to streamline some of the processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    A great place to learn the business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Sales in Calgary, AB

    Pros

    Access 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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

    Pros

    Good fellow employees and some unity between divisions.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Good hard working employees never see raises or bonuses. Branch manager keeps entire bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician  in  Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Edmonton, AB

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work got monotonous, no room for growth.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay is ok, Management in Canada not so much

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and good work hours.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    they do not pay well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Iside Sales Representative  in  Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Iside Sales Representative in Edmonton, AB

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your good employees more (what they deserve)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales/Warehouse  in  Fort McMurray, AB
    Current Employee - Inside Sales/Warehouse in Fort McMurray, AB

    Pros

    Better wage than I was making in BC

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    National Oilwell Varco good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Tech
    Current Employee - Service Tech

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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!!!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

Worked for National Oilwell Varco? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.