DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability

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DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
32 Reviews
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32 Reviews
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DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability CEO Pier Nabuurs
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  1.  

    Evolving company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Madison, WI

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time for more than 3 years

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    Mergers and acquisitions have led to un-uniform culture across business line, work is hectic, old and outdated folks leading at top level, not spending enough to expand into new areas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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very mixed.

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    • 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
  3.  

    Customers are people facing challenges - focus on them

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    • 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 for 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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    Good job out of school

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    • 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    Good stepping stone

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Had good coworkers and you will definitely learn a lot here if you are new to the field. Enjoyable work environment, but depends on the office. Good vacation benefits as well.

    Cons

    Pay is way below market and you are locked into the position and salary you start at. You definitely have to negotiate up front. Hard work is recognized with more work, but not rewarded, which kills employees' motivation. Education reimbursement benefits are touted, but in reality, it is hard to get anything approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is nothing wrong with rewarding, promoting, investing in, and retaining good employees.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    disorganized and resistant to change

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  10.  

    Good place to work, but need more focus on client.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

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

    Pros

    Good, enthusiastic young and mid-level professionals.
    This could be a great company. A place where people are proud to work at. But they aren't there yet.

    Cons

    Senior staff are very self-centered. Need to be more client and company focused.
    Quality and contents of deliverables needs to be more consistent.
    All senior staff need to always think about mentoring and sharing. Teaching newer staff is the fundamental food that nourishes the roots of a company -- gives it "energy" if you will. This is what makes a company strong and ready to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain your senior staff. And you need to think about bringing in more new senior-level staff with fresh ideas and positive attitudes. Even at your consulting class, you teach professionals to approach a client meeting with the attitude of "what can I get out of this". This sort of attitude will eventually inhibit growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, Really bad upper management

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    • 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 for more than a 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

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