DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability

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DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very mixed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with. Lots of smart and very dedicated people.

    Cons

    A lot of workaholics here. Very cautious about hiring new staff even though current workload is unmanageable. Benefits are steadily declining. Average annual raises barely keep up with national inflation rate and are falling way behind locally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only a handful are recognized for their hard work. The careers of many of the hard-working staff just languish.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job out of school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time

    Pros

    Working with experienced engineers in wind and solar.

    Cons

    Most employees are underpaid in the Seattle office. With the constant threat of layoffs.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customers are people facing challenges - focus on them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great opportunity to learn a lot about the energy and sustainability industries, to travel widely, and to engage with clients with interesting challenges

    Cons

    Internal politics destroys the experience. There is little to no accountability, and there is no interest in fulfilling the mission of the company. The result is a loss of respect for customers, and a downward spiral in revenues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on and get to know your customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slowly eroding benefits are the norm.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are easy to get along with for the most part. Health benefits are good. Finally upgraded our network connection so it doesn't feel like we are connecting on a dial up connection any more. Still a long way to go however, see other comments regarding technology.

    Cons

    It is hard to get a promotion unless you live outside of the managers office. Personally I accepted a low salary thinking I would have the chance for promotion so 2% raises are unacceptable. The work is very repetitive, monotonous and boring. Some of the team leads let their titles go to their heads. Some parts of the network and some software suites are very antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the business line has been so profitable wouldn't it make sense to share some of that success with the employees before more of the key ones leave? Does a 2% raise really reflect the success of the business unit? Stop taking away our perks and benefits. Moving bonuses to 401K isn't cool. A little reinvestment to upgrade aging technology wouldn't hurt. The money lost in down time far exceeds the money it would take to upgrade and migrate to a new database platform and new servers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours, some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is very disorganized and spends too much time with political maneuvering and back-biting. Not enough time and focus given to building a coherent structure and training staff properly. It's very easy to end up pigeon-holed for years. Advancement is often based on personal relationships and not work quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, and pay people what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    disorganized and resistant to change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time

    Pros

    Some are well meaning, talented and hard workers. There is a sense that people care about the issues of energy and sustainability. The office environment is comfortable

    Cons

    There is no employee support for career development or growth (though a lot of discussion about how we should be thought leaders). There arent even designated IT or HR services in some offices.
    But there is little to no ability in strategic or conceptual planning instead everything is done off the cuff and often late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, Really bad upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Great people
    2. Opportunities to learn and grow if you are motivated
    3. Company will pay for certifications, training, etc

    Cons

    1. Really bad upper management, who says that they will listen to your concerns but really does not care.
    2. Tools and training are non-existent
    3. The salary you come in at will be where you will stay so make sure you negotiate! Yearly increases are usually topped out at 2.5%.
    4. Very long hours with little thank yous. If you are salary you are expected to work 50 plus hours. However, it will more than likely be more than this.
    5. If you have a family be warned. This company will never say, "family first".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to your employees and your clients. Focus on retaining people by giving them simple things like time with family and friends, thank yous and the tools and training to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    What's the direction?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This organization plays in almost all areas of the energy spectrum and has some outstanding services with regards to evaluating sustainability programs and conducting studies in transmission and distribution.

    Cons

    Complete lack of focus on the direction and management of the organization. They think they can do absolutely anything and will bend the truth about personnel experience to get a job. Very siloed organization. Thinks like an engineering firm first and a business second. Europeans take care of their own and are not quick to help other parts of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your strengths and figure out how to manage. Be proactive in business development instead of reactive to open tenders. Slim down your management structure because you have always had too many chiefs and not enough indians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The good the bad and the ugly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Wheaton, IL
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Wheaton, IL

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good medical,dental and vacation benefits. Support area like procurement, expense accounting were very good and helpful.

    Cons

    Principal Leadership was very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people you put in leadership positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company with great name that has become an empty shell of its former self

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Personnel has solid technical knowledge, company has good international reach, nice variety in projects.

    Cons

    Low salaries, constant (threat of) layoffs, profitable department are gutted, workload varies strongly but is regularly unsustainable, poor morale, if you don't ask for agreed benefits/compensations then they will just be "forgotten", huge management overhead, disinterested and short-sighted management, no focus on obtaining orders or growing the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees and orders, instead of all these "green" parties and other fake PR nonsense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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