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COST CONTROLLER/ EXPENSE CONTROLLER (Former Employee) –  KATY TEXASJune 29, 2018
A very busy and upbeat day with friendly people , the job was detailed the customer where friendly as well as teamwork working together, the management team was good overall
Pros
Lunch
Cons
Breaks
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Management struggles, field locations suffer
Consultant (Former Employee) –  United StatesJune 12, 2018
Many others here have articulated quite well the good and bad of DNV GL. On the plus side, the company's mission is noble, benefits are good, and many smart, dedicated staff work there. But many sub-par people also work there - staying under the radar, pulling down high performers and eroding morale. Management does NOT deal timely or effectively with poor managers and poor performers. They often turn a blind eye to severe problems - even when feedback is requested, and those problems are duly reported.

Management is disconnected from many of its field offices, and has a very hands-off attitude regarding training, guidance and resources. But they don't hesitate to pressure field staff to try to get add-on business from existing clients - or pull their best and busiest performers to work even longer hours on business development.

Field office to field office, there are BIG extremes in culture, loyalty and effectiveness. As someone else said, DNV GL is like a loose network of independent small companies. It's very difficult to tap into the company's national resources to get even basic projects done; field staff are often left to their own devices.

Pay is not competitive, and there is very little opportunity for advancement. The most talented staff/highest performers just get more work piled on. Promotions and rewards are sparse. DNV GL struggles to get new business; it's constantly racing to catch up with its competition, and slow to adapt and innovate.

The key to having a good work experience at DNV GL is being lucky enough to have a great manager who truly cares
  more... about their staff, knows how to get things done with or without management's help, and has your back. Unfortunately, it's impossible to determine if your manager is great or terrible until after you've been working at DNV GL for a bit... and the odds of "great" are not good.  less
Pros
Good company mission, many smart, dedicated staff, good benefits
Cons
Many sub-par staff, management is disconnected and ineffective, pay is not competitive, company is losing ground on retaining existing business and getting new business
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DNV GL is a great place overall
HEAD OF SECTION ANALYTICS (Current Employee) –  Oakland, CAJune 6, 2018
DNV GL is a good place to work overall. They provide a flexible work schedule and you are put in a position to help develop meaningful solutions for customers. Compensation is not competitive enough. Upper management is good, but do not address poor performance, which ends up burdening high performers to take on more. Colleagues are a big reason why most people enjoy DNV GL although poor performing colleagues are also a reason why some people choose to leave.
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Very interesting work
Senior Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Dublin, OHMay 24, 2018
I loved working at DNV GL. The culture of the office was like a small business; but the company employs 15,000 world wide so we got big company benefits. The work that we did was very interesting however could be very dangerous.
Pros
Interesting work
Cons
tied to the oil markets
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Quality is no longer important
Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 30, 2018
The merger with GL is what caused the downward spiral of quality at DNV. They capitalized on incompetence by merging with GL. GL surveyors cut corners every chance they can. Safety and integrity has never been a tightly held belief for GL. They just rubber stamp certificates.
Cons
GL surveyors
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Long hours/Decent pay - no advancement
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 26, 2018
Not a horrible place to work, but lack of a strategy limits your ability to be creative and develop new products. Very much a "keep doing it the way we've done it" type of mentality. If you don't mind doing what you are told and pushing paper to get a check it's good. I've not seen anyone advance in the company - you are hired to do a job and that's what you will do till you leave.
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Multiple business lines with different cultures
Regional Business Controller (Former Employee) –  Katy, TXFebruary 21, 2018
A great company. Each business unit has a drastically different business culture. I worked within the Maritime, O&G, and Business Assurance areas. Both Maritime and O&G had similar culture which were wonderful in the USA. The Business Assurance culture suffered as a result of the CEO and local leadership.
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very good work life balance with low long term career advancement opportunity
Subsea Engineer (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXJanuary 11, 2018
Really like working at DNV GL, which has a relaxed and encouraging working atmosphere.
Colleagues are very nice, and many of them of PHD degrees. They are responsible and highly competent.
However, the company is lacking long term career opportunities. as DNV is a certification and verification company, so it is hit very hard by the oil price downturn.
Management is working very hard to try to re-define, and re establish its domain market, and succeed. However it is not easy.
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Great globally, bad locally
Data Analyst/Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZSeptember 25, 2017
DNV GL is a great global company. I love the company as a whole, but the local office was disorganized and disfunctional. They provided little training and my efforts were scattered across multiple roles, so I could not perform any of them well. I felt like I was set up to fail.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
little training with high expectations
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Constantly Changing
Intern (Current Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 21, 2017
Its a good company to work for and there are many new things that I have been able to learn. things are constantly evolving so you will have to be adaptable. All of the managers and coworkers are very friendly and it has a good atmosphere.
Pros
Good people
Cons
job advancement is hard to come by
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There is no better company I have experienced
Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 29, 2017
Working for DNV-GL was a dream come true. There are not enough words or even words that could describe the experiences and work life I had while with this company. It breaks my heart that most companies out there are not anywhere near the level that DNV-GL is at.
Pros
everything
Cons
none
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Good company, poor management ethics
Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Katy, TXJune 8, 2017
Software division in the US surprisingly poorly managed.
It became increasingly more difficult to to get any understanding for problems facing the division, management not understanding the basics of customer requirements and how to improve on our weaknesses.
It is a good company to work for, but senior management was unable to accept or understand the corrosive attitude of some of the mid-level management.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Poorly managed
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Not My Kind of Place
Contract Proposal Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Katy, TXJune 5, 2017
Management was not professional. Work process all over the place. Employees were messy and unprofessional. Employees took off to volunteer at rodeo when there was a deadline to meet. Manager was always taking off as well and always wanted to talk about her personal life. Hated this place.
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Productive and balanced worklife
General Laborer (Current Employee) –  Berkeley, CAMay 31, 2017
A great group of people. Management is great. Working as a contractor. I am able to take a couple days off here and there. They are centrally located in a great area.
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Overpriced and losing business
Senior Engineer (Former Employee) –  Katy, TXMay 8, 2017
Management is detached from reality. Multiple locations performing same tasks. Suggested admin consolidation, but was turned away.

Many cases of hiring less qualified people to satisfy unwritten quotas.
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Good mission with solid knowledge base
Operations Manager/Senior Consultant (Former Employee) –  Chalfont, PAApril 12, 2017
Overseas based company doing good work in the US performing energy consultation and energy efficiency research and development. DNV GL has several independent offices that support utility companies across the nation. Mainly involved in energy rebate programs, DNV GL helps the client customers realize savings for their energy initiatives.
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Great environment
BOP Certification Surveyor / vendor surveillance (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 4, 2017
Very good community of workers and management. Great employees very knowledgeable. I would recommend any body to work there. Great atmosphere. The management really understands the worker.
Pros
Great managment
Cons
only cons are the down turn of offshore work
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Good work environment
Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Katy, TXApril 3, 2017
Norwegian company, with a similarly relaxed European atmosphere. Employees are granted autonomy and flexibility. There is a bias towards keeping Norwegians in management positions, but only in overhead departments. Technical/engineering departments are very diverse. Company supports employee development, and is reluctant to conduct reductions. Company is not publicly owned, and the company's priorities are aligned accordingly.
Pros
Benefits, atmosphere
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Productive and fun work place.
Business Development Representative (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXApril 3, 2017
This is a great company to work for. Each Dept. is well trained and the Manager's are invested in helping you accomplish whatever you are trying to get done.
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Productive work place
Billing Clerk (Current Employee) –  Katy, TXApril 3, 2017
DNV GL is a great company to work for it keeps your mind active you are very productive throughout you work day. great people to work management is great
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