Development Dimensions International Reviews

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Development Dimensions International Chairman & CEO William Byham
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Pros
  • Flexible scheduling to maintain work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The people are amazing, it is a great culture and if you are ambitious and have high initiative you can continue to move up (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Consensus-driven culture results in slow decision making (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior leadership is well aware of the problems and has a ridiculous amount of documentation (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    It's a company that treats its people well, but the business model is at severe risk.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International

    Pros

    Work-life balance is priority 1, newer employees show promise and seem ready for change, salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    Long tenured employees are simply going through the motions, innovation is stunted by committee style decision making, empowerment is low for productive employees, a culture of "everyone has a voice" leads to slow and inefficient decision making and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring true empowerment and accountability to the culture, don't be afraid to take drastic measures to adapt the company, culture, and product portfolio to one that better fits the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to grow and get new experiences. Great colleagues, very collaborative.

    Cons

    Comp/benefits okay but not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve accountability and follow-through. Ensure sufficient resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Management team thinks way too highly of themselves

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Development Dimensions International

    Pros

    Lots of effort spent on the culture and improving it.

    Cons

    They forget that they're in business to sell consulting services -- not to pat themselves on the back about how smart they are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity, folks. It's a new world -- get with the times

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are great people here. The culture is one of collaboration and teamwork. Development and advancement opportunities are available to those who want to take advantage.

    Cons

    If you're not in sales, compensation is not great. Benefits are OK, and holiday, vacation, and summer hours are generous.
    Red tape, policies & procedures have gotten somewhat constricting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International

    Pros

    Good work life balance is great!

    Cons

    There really aren't any Con's, very good company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow for easier professional growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    After ten years ....why have I not been promoted.

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    Current Employee - Project Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International

    Pros

    Decent work environment and flexible work schedule sometimes.

    Cons

    Max plan has not helped me move up as far as career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to practice what they "preach" in all their materials. I just recently saw a Vice President leave due to difference of opinions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Past its "Sell-by" date

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    Current Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    strong legacy and heritage. lots of content and intellectual property.

    Cons

    There's a certain "Stepford Wives" aura to working at DDI - everyone is nice and courteous and follows the espoused "key principles" on the outside. But, on the inside, gossip is rampant, people are labeled, and there is a clear bias to those who will tell senior management what they want to hear. Talk of innovation is lip-service at best. Questioning the status-quo will get you labeled as not being a team player, and not a good "culture" fit. Senior management continues to bury it's head in the sand about the changing competitive landscape and market. And coming changes in senior management with the retirements of key people are promising more of the same. This is a company that has passed its prime and is likely to continue seeing its decline continue in the year to come.

    Recently, many of the strongest people in the company have been heading for the exits, leaving many concerned about the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen to outside perspectives.
    Recognize that while there are a lot of smart people at DDI, you can't ignore the market tides.
    When you develop new solutions - get beyond just those who are already DDI groupies; you need to listen to what the market wants outside of those who already use you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful

    OK if you drink the Kool-Aid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Pros

    Fellow employees are smart and friendly. Employees have access to some very good technology and resources, so working at DDI can be a great learning experience. For a private company, management is surprisingly open about financials and plans.

    Cons

    Have you have worked for a company and mocked the stupid and worthless yearly personal review process? The one that has no real relation to your job and that is completed with responses you hope make your bosses happy and cause you the least amount of grief?

    Now imagine working for a company run by the people who created that process.

    That's DDI.

    Management constantly advertises how DDI is the best at everything. Things are done the DDI way. Many employees enthusiastically buy into this, creating a cult like feeling. Very cliquey. Promotions and raises rarely based on performance or merit. Opposing views are not welcome. Management asks for a lot and gives back very little. Way behind the times when it comes to raises and benefits. Overall product portfolio and business model seems outdated.

    Almost all of the top innovators and performers I knew during my time there are now gone. Not very good for a company who claims to be a leader at talent retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new blood in top level management fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Strategic Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Strategic Account Executive in Pitts, PA
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Executive in Pitts, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture of accountability and customer focus

    Cons

    growing pains for international clients and global projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue with speed to market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. A breath of fresh air; simply a GREAT place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    First, I have been at DDI for 4 months. From the get-go I have been amazed at how everyone exemplifies what DDI calls "Key Principles." The principles are hung on signage throughout the building, they come on coffee mugs you get as a new hire, they are everywhere. The key principles talk about maintaining others' self esteem, having empathy, collaborating, sharing thoughts & feelings, and providing support; what's most amazing though, is that everyone actually carries them out.

    DDI truly cares about their employees. Management has created a culture very concerned with work-life balance, maintaining good health, and developing professionally. I simply never knew such a place existed and I'm very thankful to work here.

    Cons

    I am not aware of any cons yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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