DNV Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
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  1.  

    Good working environment and great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at DNV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Coworkers are great and there are opportunities to move up if you perform well. The company has offices almost everywhere so there are chances to move around.

    Cons

    There seem to be more and more bureaucratic processes being instilled as the company is growing which can lead to some frustration.

    Recommends
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was good until multiple mergers confused those in charge. Wrong top management chosen to make important decisions.

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

    I worked at DNV full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, benefits, team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Reporting to managers in other areas of the country with no knowledge of your skills, strengths, etc. These people perform your annual reviews with very little actual knowledge of your job performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about merging all functions before doing this - may not be good for all areas and employees....only the DNV checkbook.

    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    DNV is a great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DNV

    Pros

    Good working environment. Everyone is friendly and willing to help each other out. The pay is good and the work is manageable.

    Cons

    The management isn't the best. Top managers take your work without having any prior knowledge of it and passes judgment very quickly.

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  5.  

    DNV GL Energy - warning!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at DNV full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Traditions were good, Top management provides excellent leadership.

    Cons

    Poor quality of engineering analysis, especially energy-efficiency evaluation. Very poor management practices at the local office level, results in sub-par work products. Non-engineers performing engineering QC is unprofessional and has resulted in loss of respect from industrial customers and utilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommend engineering quality control enhancements and re-assignment of responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at DNV full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly team work. My office has one of the best groups of engineers working together to accomplish common project goals and deliverables. There is a high emphasis on 'time on project', and local management seems to care for the employees.

    Cons

    Senior (offsite) management seems disconnected from day to day activities, setting strategies that sometimes conflict with local priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-down management approaches do not work well in this company - management should involve employees actually doing the work ('feet on the ground') rather than set up ad hoc committees who role is (for example) integration. The only way things really work is when the feet on the ground are committed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great company with awesome benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at DNV full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is an amazing amount of knowledge to be found in your coworkers as some of them are either retired from 20+ years of working in the oil and gas industry or have moved into a role as an expert. Great benefits and 401k. Management that cares about its employees. Enough vacation, time off, and lax hours. This is a great company to start and end your career. I just wouldnt have stayed there for the entirety.

    Cons

    There is a very rigid structure for promotion and upward mobility. 5 + years for promotion to senior. Sometimes management will use the excuse of "you're too young to be a senior engineer."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing fine - dont break the well oiled machine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Fantastic Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Katy, TX

    I have been working at DNV full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    DNV (Now DNV-GL) is a great place to work. They genuinely care about their employees and live their mission. Pay and benefits are very good. Management is competent and engaging.

    Cons

    Very lean organization, often times people doing the work of multiple people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be engaged with the workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical prowess has come down as company struggles to retain talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at DNV full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment
    Flexible schedule with personable management
    Limited micromanagement
    You can coast through this job for the rest of your life
    9/80 work schedule is an option

    Cons

    Too much overhead and politics
    The company reorganizes every year which confuses and stagnates most
    Quality has suffered as workforce has lost key personnel
    Promotions seem to be based on tenure and the danger of losing people rather than merit-based

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot continue to lose engineers when you are a company that only sells knowledge.
    If you have decided to be a corporation instead of a foundation, that is fine, but you must provide incentives to employees or they will leave.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Approval Engineer in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Approval Engineer in Katy, TX

    I have been working at DNV full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent facilities
    Above average investment in personnel's wellbeing
    Excellent benefits
    Great work environment
    Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Company struggles to find people, so a lot of work is required from current employees
    (Over time is compensated, so it is not as bad as it sounds) but customers are unhappy about turnaround times an put unnecessary pressure that can potentially turn into stress if nit managed properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the Norwegian culture that emphasizes personal development and work/life balance. It seems like current market conditions has been pushing those values aside for the sake of increased productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, Poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Operations in Chalfont, PA
    Current Employee - Test Operations in Chalfont, PA

    I have been working at DNV full-time

    Pros

    Can be a fun place to work. Lots of diversity. In general, the coworkers are fun to be around, and very smart. Vacation, health and retirement benefits are good.

    Cons

    Management is completely clueless. They have let employee moral slip for the last few years, and continue to DEMAND more from the workers while providing less and less to the point where the tools needed to do your job are just not there.

    Management will not listen to any suggestions.

    Lots of pressure from management with no tools.

    Outdated software and hardware.

    Low salaries that have been getting lower, with ever increasing workload.

    No path for career advancement.

    Expected to do the job of 3 or 4 people.

    Salaried positions are expected to work 50+ hours a week.

    All positions make far below industry average pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to some of your employee complaints. Make the work place better, and you'll get more work out of your people. For now, morale is so low that nobody wants to put in more effort than the minimum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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