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Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Oklahoma City, OKJuly 12, 2018
Great company to work for. Good benefits and even better pay. Very laid back environment and not a whole lot of stress. The only gripe I have is some of the guys working there are cry babies
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no room for advancement
Lead Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJune 19, 2018
decent benefits. no work/home balance. management lacking people skills. wouldn't recommend to a friend to work there. grateful for the opportunity.
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Good working place
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Port Elizabeth, NJMay 24, 2018
All ways on standby
To work on rig floor equipment and drilling equipment
Management only best loved employees
good values
Working under pressure
Traveling
Pros
wealth
Cons
healthcare
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oil field
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 5, 2018
all i have to say is it is the oil field when it is good it is good but when it is bad it is horrible so take it when you can and good luck. i do not like doing this typing
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NOV was a fun and great place too work for.
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 18, 2018
I worked for NOV for 10 years. I learn a lot over the years working with good people.
I like to traveling to different country getting to know lots of different people.
Pros
Travel
Cons
somethime it could be stressful
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NOV does not care about their employees
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXFebruary 20, 2018
There is a very poor relationship between the employees and the company. The company does not value the employees, and they run the company as if it is a privilege to work for them.
Pros
training
Cons
managment
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Good Management, Lacks Advancement
Field Service Technician (Current Employee) –  New Iberia, LAJanuary 15, 2018
Good environment but lacks a true identity. Advancement isn't based on job knowledge or education. More predicated on "who you know". Compared to other service providers, the pay is on the lower end of the spectrum. Offer good benefits compared to other employers. There was a sense of job security, even during the downturn. Lacks career advancement in my area of expertise.
Pros
Good benefits, family oriented facility
Cons
low pay, lack of career advancement
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Hard and fast ?up high or down low
Field Technician (North and South America (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJanuary 9, 2018
Working off shore 12 + hrs per day
Hot and /or Cold
learning how equipment operates and how to fix or repair equipment
hardest part is the first climb up
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Major learning curve
Field Service Technician, Rig Floor Equipment (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXDecember 16, 2017
Being a field service tech you are always on call and you learn something new every day. You get to travel extensively and meet new people. Overall, a field service technician is a great stepping stone for anyone that wants to improve their scope of knowledge.
Pros
travel, company vehicle, cell-phone, laptop, and card
Cons
Always on-call
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Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Oklahoma City, OKDecember 1, 2017
It was a great transition job for me. The pay was off the charts good, however if you are looking for a 9-5 job this is not the place to look. you are on call 24/7.
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Great company with many perks for their Field service Techs.
Field Service Technician, Controls, Offshore (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXNovember 26, 2017
NOV paid for the technical college which lasted on the average of 8 months and it was very challenging. NOV really treated me well until the oil bust and in 2015.
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Lack of work
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXNovember 15, 2017
My personal experience with NOV was that they over-hired too many people and then once they couldn't find enough work for everyone they started getting rid of people. NOV is a big enough company that has great benefits and the atmosphere changes depending on which service and location you work out of.
Pros
All benefits
Cons
Feels like you are just a number.
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Lots of overtime
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Odessa, TXNovember 14, 2017
if you like working 80 to 96 hours a week with only 4 to 6 days off a month this is the job for you. if you enjoy spending time with your family then its not. like a said 16 hour days for a 11 and 3 schedule
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Good company
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) –  New Iberia, LANovember 9, 2017
Regretted having to NOV, but due to the downturn in the oil field I had no choice.
There are opportunities to advance in the company, especially if you are part of the "Network" of people. If you are a hard worker they notice and try to keep you in that position.
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Excellent learning experience.
Field Service Technician (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 18, 2017
NOV is an excellent opportunity learn and grow as professional individual.
The load of work is more or less balance depending on work demand .NOV is been known to be a reliable source of work and they work the best to NOT laid off people.
Pros
Health benefits and plenty training.
Cons
FST is not paid that good in case is in idle.
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Good environment, always on the run
Field Service Technician (Current Employee) –  Williamsport, PAJuly 6, 2017
This place is a good place to work if you like to always be on the run and driving across the state twice a day everyday. You will always be at work and not have anytime for your family. The people that you work with are good people and can support you over the phone when needed.
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Starter job working in the oilfield
Field Service Cranes Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TX 77086June 7, 2017
worked at nov got lots of experience and learned a lot about the oilfield. started off and took the technical college. advanced on the top drive and cranes
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Good place to work for
Field Service Technician PCE (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJune 6, 2017
Great place to learn about subsea equipment. Very good place to work. Great people to work with. Great place to get your foot in the door with offshore.
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Solid company
Field Service Technician (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXMay 3, 2017
NOV is a good place to break into the energy industry. The pay will not be as high as a lot of competitors but it is structures that way so that during downturns, (like we just had) they don't have to lay off as many workers which creates less churn in the work force.

My work was on call so slow during my time with the company due to the downturn so it would depend on your lifestyle as to whether this would be a fit for you. If you didn't have kids and had a spouse working, it's not too bad, if you are the sole provider, it can get tight during the downturns.

Benefits are pretty industry standard, the notable exception being the company truck provided to all service techs, that really helps.

Management was solid, always willing to assist and help at all times of day or night and really knew their stuff. Lots of veterans so it was a very great work environment, everyone spoke the same language and worked well together with few exceptions.

Work place culture is old school oil field, tough talk, tough work.
Pros
Company truck, not many layoffs during downturns.
Cons
Random schedule
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Good Company
Field Service Technician Off (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 10, 2017
Good management and great work and life balance. Unfortunately I was Laid off after a little over the year. I enjoyed working for this company. Company vehicles are provided.
Pros
Paid to sit at home
Cons
Quick to lay off.
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