National Oilwell Varco Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Updated Apr 27, 2020

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National Oilwell Varco President and Chief Executive Officer Clay C. Williams (no image)
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16 Ratings
  1. "Good technical work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Junior Mechanical Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco for less than a year

    Pros

    The work is really interesting, lots of support from management and coworkers

    Cons

    Little chance for career growth

    National Oilwell Varco2018-09-17
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place for Experience & Work Environment"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer A 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the best places I've ever worked in terms of Work Environment & People > Managers tend to have an open door policy > Work utilizes true engineering knowledge: calculations, CAD, etc. > Combination of hands on and design experience > Opportunity to work in different business segments all over the world > Flexibility

    Cons

    > A fair amount below the APEGA average manufacturing engineering salary > Work can sometimes seem repetitive, especially with some of the internal software > Lower than average vacation days/ no flex days > Have to be in the right group in order to advance well

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    National Oilwell Varco2015-04-02
  3. "Brief Stint with NOV"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Positive culture and good, decent colleagues

    Cons

    Oil industry is unstable. The development program I was hired into was eliminated 6 months in. NOV was generous in permitting program participants to finish the existing rotation, essentially allowing us time to search for new employment.

    National Oilwell Varco2020-04-27
  4. "Good Work Life Balance"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Dubai

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly people and good bosses

    Cons

    Low pay and lack of career growth

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    National Oilwell Varco2020-01-31
  5. "Great Place and Great People"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco for less than a year

    Pros

    Good environment, good employees. The people were very friendly and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    As an intern, I can't really say that there were any cons

    National Oilwell Varco2020-01-14
  6. "Great company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Business is cyclic, so layoffs occur periodically.

    National Oilwell Varco2019-12-31
  7. "Interesting Work but difficult trading conditions"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Gloucester, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very interesting and technically challenging work

    Cons

    The oil and gas sector continues to struggle

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    National Oilwell Varco2019-11-01
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking Ship"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    When business is good, working here is good. Friendly coworkers, very good benefits, competitive 401(k) matching, and a real feel of being appreciated.

    Cons

    When business is bad, working here is *really* bad. Every day feels like it could be your last (until it actually is), unnecessary corners are cut to appease stockholders, and, once the dust settles, instead of qualified, promising employees being promoted to open management positions, existing management's buddies get them. Then, they pretend to be bewildered when business continues to be bad. Business has been bad for the better part of the past five years.

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    National Oilwell Varco2019-10-01
  9. "Nice place"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer 

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Good people all around, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Industry slowdowns, large layoffs, uncertain future.

    National Oilwell Varco2019-09-06
  10. "Verbally agree to follow global NOV process but not follow thoroughly"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    multinational company with strong financial background and well reputation in this industrial

    Cons

    Under NOV acquisition, this branch is still running as its original style. Hierarchy still remain as same, no open discussion culture. Co-worker required to follow instruction with min comment.

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    National Oilwell Varco2019-09-05
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