National Oilwell Varco

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National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated 26 November, 2014
Updated 26 November, 2014
324 Reviews
3.5
324 Reviews
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Clay C. Williams
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great place to start

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Engineer in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent people and environment, a variety of experience to learn from with a wide range of possibilities from all levels and aspects of engineering design, manufacturing, etc. to administrative activities that span all areas of management. This also includes office/field work balance, local/international work and travel.

    Cons

    Low salaries, at times can be boring, some annoying employees here and there every now and then, low opportunities of growth and progress and with no clearly defined career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a better effort to orient your employees, give them a better introduction into your culture and company, have a clear path for every individual that joins.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company and people to work with.

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

    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
  3.  

    Large company, good benefits. Management is crap.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Millwright in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Millwright in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Poor management. No accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more team-building. Better training. More accountability of shop members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible company!! National Oilwell Mission Products

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great co workers / great training

    Cons

    Terrible management and bosses only care about themselves Treat workers like scum !!! employees are just a number !!! not fair with work distribution and wages not competitive! no opportunity to move up !!!! Lack of business structure with middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more pride in your GREAT employees that are willing to work hard for an opportunity to move up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time (more than an year)

    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
  7.  

    Freedom to act and self project startup

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    • 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

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

    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
  8.  

    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

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

    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
  9.  

    A great place to learn the business

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

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

    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
  10.  

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

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    • 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 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
  11.  

    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

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work got monotonous, no room for growth.

    Recommends

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