DET Norske Veritas Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
54 Reviews
3.3
54 Reviews
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DET Norske Veritas CEO Henrik O. Madsen
Henrik O. Madsen
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is excellent: permanent employees get 6 weeks holidays (in 4 reviews)

  • Increadibly competent people in many diverse areas, friendly and very international work environment (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is low compared to cost of living (in 3 reviews)

  • Top Management is not flexible enough when it comes to decisions affecting staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Backstabbers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DET Norske Veritas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the people are good to work with; others will smile at and talk kindly with you, but are two-faced. Guess it's like any work environment.

    Cons

    Some of the people are good to work with; others will smile at and talk kindly with you, but are two-faced. Guess it's like any work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice and well learned people, flexibility in schedule, good association with Ohio State University, pays close attention to development of employee

    Cons

    Some dangerous chemicals or gases to work with but safety procedures are adequate to prevent any mishap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the intranet so that employees can easily find out as to what is going in different locations and what are the expertise of different unit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company which provides access to multiple industries in the energy and shipping realms.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employees are granted visibility into a wide variety of industries and all aspects of their industry. Large international company with many offices world wide.

    Cons

    Many layers of middle management and red tape. Feels chaotic and unguided at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more transparency, stability and convey an image of being organized and in control

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Gain Industry Experience, Then Move Somewhere Where You're Properly Compensated for that Experience

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time

    Pros

    Amazing group of people in the Seattle office
    Great place to gain wind energy industry experience

    Cons

    Very low salary relative to industry and relative to cost of living in Seattle
    Benefits have been steadily shrinking since the merger with GL
    Shrinking workforce in Seattle, too many bright people are leaving for better pay and benefits
    Upper management focused on growing and expanding the company not focused on taking care of employees
    Recent layoffs of support staff in Seattle now outsource those positions to other offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees what they're worth to others in the industry. Stop allowing so many talented people to leave without realizing changes need to be made to employee compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time

    Pros

    diverse work experience, good personal growth opportunities, working to make the world a safer place

    Cons

    a large company which has many mergers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more time developing younger engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Initially exciting and rewarding, no more

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Caring moral coworkers, possibility for travel.

    Cons

    Merger chaos: upper management seemingly has no idea what is going on currently. Current mergers are removing vacation, benefits, bonuses. Pay is well below average (lowest 10th percentile) in my office. Short career tracks unless you want to become a middle manager. Managers ask you to perform ~75% chargeable work yet assign large amount of non-chargeable work, expect you to complete it on your personal time. Beginning to lack safety considerations despite fatality in 2008.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees demands for change or high attrition will continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, great knowledge resources, established brand

    Cons

    too much emphasis on chargeability, inconsistent performance metrics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People, low pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas

    Pros

    Friendly motivated smart young people

    Cons

    Pathetically low pay, little growth potential

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lack of Management Support (Certification Division)

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    Current Employee - Field  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field in Houston, TX

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with well-known clients (e.g. Toyota, British Petroleum); Heavy reliance on using contractors which allows them to influence and select their schedule

    Cons

    Two undisputable facts:
    1. Certified QMS of Auto manuf. that had major acceleration problems;
    2. Certified EMS of Oil producer in Gulf that had the worst spill in US history; asked to analyzed afterwards
    Perception that management distances themselves from the incidents and their field representatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Field people are your biggest asset; Interact more with field personnel and solicit their input; Avoid promoting staff into a leadership position - mandatory training suggested; Make decisions based on the best interest of the client

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

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at DET Norske Veritas full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for travel and interaction with many different countries. A vibrant and diverse work community and a good sense of working for the greater good. Technical training opportunities are everywhere.

    Cons

    A large company, sometimes it can be difficult to find out who you need to talk to to get what you need. The new employee initiation could be a little more in depth, many things you do not learn until months later on the job that would have been helpful to know from the start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is well managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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