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DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability Reviews

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  1. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, excellent people and wonderful benefits. Provides ample opportunity for growth domestic or international. Management is very transparent and open with decisions, progress and change.

    Cons

    Sometimes, silos between divisions and conflicting agendas. Also, if an FTE works at the utility program level, it is contractual every 3-4 years and employment may depend on contract renewal.

    Advice to Management

    Management between divisions needs to work more cohesively to achieve beneficial and growing results for the company


  2. "Changing company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very high skilled people with lots of knowledge

    Cons

    Consulting organization wasn't manageable due to the business unit structure

    Advice to Management

    bring in younger talent

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Innovation in the utility industry"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Consultant in Oakland, CA

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really interesting and challenging work. You deal with some of the most innovative and creative trends in energy efficiency and policy in the utility industry. Your colleagues are some of the best and the brightest in the industry.

    Cons

    The company focuses mainly on a single criterion for success: billable hours. Leadership, personnel development, teamwork, client management and relationships, and business development aspects of consulting are not valued unless the time spent is billable. There is not a lot of tolerance for learning and making mistakes in the annual company wide, rank ordering performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate, in a tangible and direct way, that your people are more than just billable hour machines.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "DNV in decline"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DNV Kema Energy & Sustainability (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The traditions of DNV are exceptional. The potential loss of the KEMA brand was significant to the energy & sustainability core business in DNV.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the loss of key leadership in DNV GL Energy in North America resulting in an institution is rapid decline.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the traditions of DNV quickly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Revenue Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company is in a growing industry. There are benefits to taking your bike to work. Friendly collegues.

    Cons

    High turnover after the most recent merger. There has also been a lot of change in procedures after the merger.

    Advice to Management

    Promote growth and improvement of individual employees as well as the overall company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Renewables Career Launcher"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, casual atmosphere, pretty good benefits, broad spectrum of renewables industry, opportunity for lateral movement

    Cons

    Low comparative pay, poor communication with upper management, lack of direction among management, high changeability among competitors, and can be high stress

    Advice to Management

    Create clarity and direction for lower level employees, STOP micromanaging, provide more professional development


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of integrity and accountability of upper management results in revolving door of quality employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I crossed paths with some very talented and hard working people at (formerly KEMA) currently DNV GL. Great vacation and benefits package. The parent company (HQ in Europe) has excellent core values and sustainability practices. The American division unfortunately operates as an American company by under paying and undervaluing staff. Great resume builder if you are entry level with an exposure to some seasoned veterans in the industry.

    Cons

    Several mergers have left this organization in fragmented. If you are not part of the exclusive echelon of upper management it is difficult to advance. Hiring practices are concentrated on veteran industry professionals with expansive contact lists instead of developing dedicated talent from within. Mid and junior level positions are often understaffed, over worked, with little coaching from project managers. Salary increases do not meet national inflation rates.

    Advice to Management

    Consider integrity and accountability to be a developing characteristic of upper management. Discriminatory practices have been observed at this organization with lack of seriousness or repercussion acknowledged. 360 evaluations might be to the organizations benefit.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Got something to say"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "experience through age"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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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