National Oilwell Varco Employee Reviews

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overall a good place to work
Accounting Assistant (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 15, 2018
Overall a good company....Their pay is in the mid-low range but when the down turn hits I hear that they try to do everything they can to keep you. My present supervisor is very laid back but does not have alot of extra time for answering questions or training.
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3.0
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Easy, but slow paced.
Centrifugal pump assembler (Former Employee) –  McAlester, OKOctober 13, 2018
Before merging with a larger entity, it was a great place to work, with paid lunches, incentive bonuses, and annual safety bonuses and raises, with advancement opportunities. Since joining Rig Systems, all bonuses have been stopped and there was a 4 year wage freeze, preventing employee advancement, with zero cost of living compensation. Paid lunches were also removed.
Pros
Available overtime
Cons
Loss of safety and incentive bonuses, yearly bonus, Christmas bonus, and paid lunch.
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2.0
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Entry level Oil Company
Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 12, 2018
This company is only for entry level people seeking to join the oilfield. Once you have mastered operations and your position, it is best to find a new company to work for. They will not increase your pay and be competitive with other companies nor do they wish to. You will work long hours and long days just to make ends meet. If you show any sign of intelligence they will try and move you to a salaried position with less pay and more responsibility. Look to join this company if you have little or no oilfield knowledge as they will more then likely hire you. Be aware that the job you are hired for may not be the job you end up doing.
Pros
allows entry level personnel, lower management are great, company functions
Cons
poor benefits, Non-competitive wages, poor upper management, constant change
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5.0
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Productive and fun workplace
Benefits Administrator (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 11, 2018
Great company to work for. The work work atmosphere.is great. Every is real friendly and willing to help. The Company Benefits and Employee Discounts they offer to employee are great.
Pros
Great Employee Benefits
Cons
None
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4.0
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The money was good.
Fluid Control Technician (Former Employee) –  Conway, AROctober 9, 2018
It was long hours and I was away from home alot. It was a good job in my state till they closed down and made everyone quit or relocate. We were paid well for an oilfield job.
Pros
money
Cons
away from home
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2.0
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Unequal Pay, but flexible for working parents
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER III (Former Employee) –  TexasOctober 1, 2018
While I had bosses that fought for me to have better pay, upper management would drag their feet while coworkers and male counterparts were making 5-20% more than me. If you are a female easily offended by men making lewd comments or jokes, or if you don't have a strong enough personality to defend yourself, don't work here. You build your relationships based on how well you can take a joke or have a really good comeback, which I was very good at. The best thing about this job was the flexibility of being able to leave early for appointments, games, school events, etc., so if you're a working parent, this is a great place. The training was minimal, but we had a training center. If you want training, seek it out on your own or don't get any at all.
Pros
good work-life balance, opportunities worldwide
Cons
unequal pay, massive amounts of chauvinistic views, minimal training, high risk for lay-offs during oilfield downturns
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5.0
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Enjoyable
Team Leader/Material Handler/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 27, 2018
I really enjoyed my 8 years at NOV, and it is a great place to work. But the time came when the gas and oil came crashing down and a massive layoff took place. I was one of the last to go.
Pros
Free Lunches, employees had company picnics once a year at the zoo
Cons
You just dont know when the oil field will go up or down
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3.0
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Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Bakersfield, CASeptember 25, 2018
This work was very high paced but not stressful.
Rebuilding oil drilling rigs was very satisfying.
However the wages and benefits were not commensurate with the nature of work so the employee turnover was very high.
Pros
good people to work with. Good management
Cons
poor wages
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3.0
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An OK place to work
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Galena Park, TXSeptember 24, 2018
It is a good starting point for your career but if you are not part of the right workplace clique, it will be very difficult to move up or get raises. I felt like the salary was on the low side compared to others in the same industry but they did offer good benefits and possible end of year bonus.
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5.0
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Outstanding Company
Fitter (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, TXSeptember 23, 2018
Competitive pay, good benefits, and a overall a good place to gain experience. Fabrication of heavy material 30k+ makes it the hardest part of the job.
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3.0
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Oilfield life long hours lots of work
Inspector (Former Employee) –  Rosenberg, TXSeptember 21, 2018
Long hours are required sometimes 12 to 16 in one day schedule is a bit hectic at times for a career advancement must undergo lots of testing in red tape just for a few dollars shop is hot during summer time freezing cold during winter time but you do get three breaks two 15 minute and one 30 minutes lunch
Pros
Decent pay work with hands environment
Cons
Very hard hours to work if you are not use it shop environment
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5.0
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Oil field work
FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 20, 2018
Oil field work is dependent upon the current market. Show up for work and rebuild top drive drilling units that have been returned from a rental company. List all parts being replaced, complete required maintenance and store top drive units for future dispatch.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Market based work
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4.0
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When it is good, it is good! When it is bad, it's bad!
Sales Support Specialist/Sales Engineer (Former Employee) –  Cedar Park, TXSeptember 20, 2018
Working at NOV during the down turn will really upset you. Your friends will be laid off by the boat load. When it is good you may get a bonus, but no promises. A raise? What's that? The best thing about NOV is the family values. If you're in you will be treated as family. Also, Management is constantly turning over.
Pros
Oil and Gas and the family values
Cons
Oil and Gas slumps
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3.0
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company atmosphere is relaxed, management is in over his head and absolutely clueless
Technician (Former Employee) –  Tulsa, OKSeptember 19, 2018
12 hour work days monday thru saturday. You literally live, breath, and eventually die for National Oilwell Varco. No life for yourself outside work. If you are married and have children this isn't the company for you.
Pros
Tons of OT. Employees were all pretty cool.
Cons
Plant manager is clueless. 30 min lunches, and one 10 min break for every 12 hours. No life outside work. They want you to work EVERY weekend
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3.0
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good benefits, flexible work schedule, but lower pay comparing to the industry market
Electrical Design Engineer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 19, 2018
I was good and fun to work when I was still in the Mission department. We often had free lunch and learn, my supervisor always helped and passed over his experience and knowledge to the team. But when the company changed the new management and I got moved to different department, the new manager was kind of discrimination to the minority, specially when the Oil and Gas industry was in the downturn.
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3.0
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be aware
Sales Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Rock Springs, WYSeptember 17, 2018
good compamy poor management at times alot of turn over the employees are good to each other they keep the work place fun modt of the time. no bonuses for hard wok
Pros
people
Cons
bonuses
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4.0
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Productive and fun workplace
Electrical Assembler (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 14, 2018
A nice place to work with great benefits. Everyone is treated fairly. Holiday pay and great company get togethers. Fun place to work for. I would definitely recommend anyone to apply.
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4.0
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Decent organization, great corporate culture
Company Card and Expense Administrator (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 10, 2018
The company provides a good workplace environment with an above average corporate culture. While the culture is above average, there tends to be a silo mentality which promotes segmented groupings.
Pros
Ability to grow both professionally as well as personally
Cons
Compensation is generally below market value
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5.0
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Pretty Good Job
District Manager (Former Employee) –  Bossier City, LASeptember 10, 2018
Liked Management and employees. I was just offered another opportunity to open district for another company. Increase in Salary took the offer and left National Oilwell.
Pros
Good Management and opportunity to learn.
Cons
too much travel to Houston, Texas
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4.0
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Good benefits
Machinist / Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 10, 2018
The hours are long but the benefits are phenomenal. The oil and gas industry, much like it's product, is volatile. Your hours depend on the market and if crude prices go down so do the hours.
Pros
good benefits
Cons
volatile
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