Development Dimensions International

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Updated June 9, 2015
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Development Dimensions International Chairman & CEO William Byham
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
  • Senior leadership is well aware of the problems and has a ridiculous amount of documentation (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior Management is not very supportive (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Experience all depends on your supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Development Dimensions International (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Some managers poor treatment and blindsiding of staff is overlooked.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Be Wary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    long history in leadership development. good people who want to do good work

    Cons

    It's interesting to see how every time someone posts a negative review about how the company has changed, it's immediately followed by several positive reviews about the great culture. I would read those with great caution. At one time, DDI did have a great culture, and cared about its people. Now it's about results above all else - and now that they are struggling to keep up in the marketplace, senior management continues to look to all areas except itself to lay blame. They talk a good game about change and innovation, but in the end there is a select group of senior leaders who want to do all they can to get through until they retire.

    There has been a steady exodus of a lot of key talent in the company in the past six months - the best people are moving on to greener pastures.

    Advice to Management

    Either clean house at the top, or sell the company. It's time for a fresh approach because the old way just ain't workin' anymore.


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  5. Helpful (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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Comp/benefits okay but not great.

    Advice to Management

    Improve accountability and follow-through. Ensure sufficient resources.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Great atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance is great!

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    allow for easier professional growth


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (9)

    OK if you drink the Kool-Aid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Get some new blood in top level management fast.


  11. Strategic Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong culture of accountability and customer focus

    Cons

    growing pains for international clients and global projects

    Advice to Management

    continue with speed to market



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