National Oilwell Varco Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2020

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3.4
63%
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70%
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National Oilwell Varco President and Chief Executive Officer Clay C. Williams (no image)
Clay C. Williams
594 Ratings
Pros
  • "It was a Great Environment & had Good Benefits(in 119 reviews)

  • "Wonderful Company to work with great benefits and advancement opportunities(in 108 reviews)

Cons
  • "Cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry(in 64 reviews)

  • "Business Market fluctuation and downturn(in 49 reviews)

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  1. "that was a grates company to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welder/Fabricator in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    chances to learn a lot

    Cons

    low pay for the position but it's ok

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  2. "Great Employer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot's of career growth and opportunity to work abroad

    Cons

    Cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry

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  3. "Best work experience I ever had"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warranty Analyst 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of training and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Commuting is a bit difficult if you depend on the public transportation

  4. "Overall Good place to start"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Instrument Technician in Nisku, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Overall it's a good place to start but you quickly reach a ceiling at least in my department

    Cons

    For those who like over time its available for those who don't like overtime then it is not the type of position you would one hold.

  5. "Executives out of it but mid management good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Easy, decent pay, benefits, lunches

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership, not the highest pay

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Business Vision, Leadership and Don't Stick to Their Values"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Specialist in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, not much to say other than that

    Cons

    No room for growth, cheap, average compensation

  7. "Great Company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Oilwell Varco full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    No room for advancement Not challenged enough

  8. "Good company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good managers and product lines.

    Cons

    Prone to industry downturn Layoffs.

  9. "A reasonably good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management seems to try hard to get things right.

    Cons

    Company is spread widely around the planet, so you may feel a bit isolated depending on where you work.

  10. "Mediocre Company"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Oilwell Varco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - work-life balance- - flexible hours

    Cons

    - below average pay - not much career advancement - disorderly

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