DNV (formerly DNV GL) is a maritime and energy focused risk management and assurance firm that has been around for over 150 years. It provides certifications and technical advisory for the maritime industry and the energy value chain, as well as digital solutions for managing safety and asset performance. DNV is structured into six business areas: Maritime Energy Systems, Business Assurance, Supply Chain & Product Assurance, Digital Solutions, and the Accelerator. It is the world’s largest technical consultancy to the global renewable energy industry, as well as oil and gas.
Firm Key Stats
Firm Website: www.dnv.com
Firm Headquarters: Høvik, Greater Oslo, Norway
Firm Number of Employees: 12,000
Firm Number of Locations: 350
Firm Chief Executive: Remi Eriksen
Firm Revenue: $20.9 billion
DNV was founded in 1864 in Norway to inspect and evaluate Norwegian merchant vessels. In 1867 a German company, Germanischer Lloyd, was established with a similar mission in mind. The two merged in 2012 as DNV GL. In 2021, the firm simplified the name back to just DNV, keeping the existing structure.
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Career opportunities with DNV are plentiful and varied. The firm employs engineers, surveyors, auditors, consultants, and more. It values professional development and endeavors to train consistently across its many locations.
DNV offers Internships and summer jobs in many countries, and instructs interested students to reach out to the location where they hope to be stationed.
DNV practice areas cover the spectrum of necessary services for the industries within which they work.
- Cyber security
- Data and analytics
- Verification and assurance
While DNV’s partner industries are primarily maritime and energy, it works with others extensively as well.
- Power and renewables
- Oil and gas
- Automotive and aerospace
- Food and beverage
DNV has hundreds of offices across seven continents. Searching through the firm’s locations page is the best way to find specific offices in your region. Following are the countries DNV works within:
- Czech Republic
- Fare Islands
- Russian Federation
- Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
- United Kingdom
- Trinidad and
Africa & Middle East
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United Arab
Asia & Australia
- Greater China
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
DNV has been around for over a century and a half; it is well connected around the world. The established network is a likely advantage to anyone who eventually looks for roles with another firm.
A concentration of DNV employees are from the following schools, likely because of proximity to large offices.
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
- University of Gdansk
- \University of Oslo (UiO)
- BI Norwegian Business School
DNV states that it is committed to diversity and inclusion, and because of its worldwide presence, is able to make this a reality. Most employees feel their teams are very diverse, though some say that leadership could do a better job of this within its own ranks.
Employees at DNV are generally content with their work environment, including coworkers and management, but a common sentiment is that a consequence of having so many offices that operate individually is that growth within a career can be difficult. Leadership can be slow to make changes, which some attribute to the long history of the company and a commitment to keep things as good as they’ve always been. DNV culture will vary drastically by location, as local practices and norms will inevitably shape how operations run.
DNV offers tips for applicants to help them prepare for interviews. Its advice is to understand exactly what the job description is asking for and familiarize yourself with the firm’s values, goals, and culture, as well as why you want to work for it. Be ready with examples from past experience when questions are asked, know what you could bring to the company, and have questions of your own to ask the interviewer. Engineering positions will usually include a case interview.
These questions have been asked of applicants in the past:
- What are your strengths?
- What can you offer when starting a new position in a company?
- What is your best project you have been involved in during your academic career and what did you enjoy most about it?
- Can you tell us a time when you had to work with a difficult customer or colleague?
- What would you start, stop, and continue in your current role?
- What’s your biggest technical weakness?
- How would you handle different projects at the same time?
- How did you understand the role?
- How would you apply DNV values to your daily work routine?
- What are you proud of having achieved in your life so far?
- What is the biggest challenge that you had in terms of teamwork and what you can change to improve the result?
DNV team members often feel compensation is generous compared to others in the industry. Consultant salaries at DNV are lower than at MBB firms’, however. See our salaries report for more specific compensation numbers from hundreds of firms. Below are past average salaries, although exact numbers will vary depending upon location and position.
- Consultant: $120,145
- Project Coordinator: $88,659
- Data Analyst: $83,663
- Intern: $61,615
DNV has been in the advisory and classifications world for many, many decades. That length of experience in the industry undoubtedly gives it an edge for its clients. Students looking for opportunities and experienced professionals alike should reach out and see what is available in their cities.
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