DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability CEO David Walker
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  1. Got something to say

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility on working time. Diversity. Good culture. Longer vacation days. A lot of talented people who are very nice.

    Cons

    There are some good training that taught you the standard procedures to finish a project. But PMs may not follow the procedures at all. Different PMs do projects in their own way. So depending on different PMs, you have to adjust yourself to meet their specific requirements. Therefore the training is helpful but most of time you will not use them. BTW some PMs are not qualified.


  2. Lots of change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International work, some very nice coworkers. Good office location. Free coffee. There's plenty of work to do, and if you take on a lot of work and go above and beyond, coworkers appreciate that.

    Cons

    Stressful workload, lots of unhappy and burnt out coworkers. A huge amount of shifting change. Internal drama and disagreements among managers.

    Advice to Management

    Not really sure. It's such a big company that it will take a lot of time to move the needle and make people feel like they're all working together toward something.


  3. experience through age

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability

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

    Pros

    Lot of knowledge inside the company, internal networking is very important, lot of freedom

    Cons

    Lot of older employees which makes them top heavy and doesn't allow for younger resources to get promoted. Doesn't feel like one company but several individual small companies with different interests.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the silos between the different business units which will allow for cross departmental sharing which will benefit the company


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  5. Great work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Energy Engineer
    Current Employee - Energy Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Vacation days and ability to work from home are a very big PRO - Ability to cross train in various disciplines and roles - Smart people to work with in consulting

    Cons

    - Hard to switch out of current career path - Need graduate degrees and certifications to move up - Underpaid staff and small merit increases


  6. Helpful (2)

    Very mixed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (4)

    So much potential with this evolving organization, but the constant mergers and acquisitions are quite a trainwreck

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people to work with, but they come and go due to limited growth opportunities and noncompetitive salary compensations.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours with little recognition. Salary is not competitive within the industry. Everyone is overworked and stretched thin, and tasks are often delegated with little guidance. "You should be able to figure it out" and "that shouldn't take you long" are common phrases heard within this company. Disorganized upper management. Low morale within my office. Professional development program is an incredible waste of time, as it doesn't really translate to any growth and development goals are unrealistic due to the unreasonable amount of work dumped on your plate.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees and stop pretending morale and stale office culture are not an issue.


  8. Evolving company

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Madison, WI

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of business lines and a lot of opportunities, good benefits, so far flexible work schedule, growing company so good job security

    Cons

    Mergers and acquisitions have led to un-uniform culture across business line, work is hectic, old and outdated folks leading at top level, not spending enough to expand into new areas

    Advice to Management

    Do less work but bid with higher margin, share the profit evenly with employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    Customers are people facing challenges - focus on them

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    Focus on and get to know your customers


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good job out of school

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    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Slowly eroding benefits are the norm.

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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