Development Dimensions International

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Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Has the potential to be great again if leadership gets out of the way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people who work at this company are wonderful. They are smart, challenging, driven and mostly big thinkers. They have a passion for what they do and what the company stands for. Also given the size of the organization, very few people have narrowly defined roles - everyone pitches in, takes initiative to get additional experience where they can (or where it is needed) and that creates opportunity to build cross-functional experience.

    Cons

    The leadership is completely out of touch with the associates, their needs/desires, and also with how rapidly this industry is changing. They rarely look inward with the wonderful solutions they develop and sell to use internally when making decisions about promotions or placements. There also are very few opportunities for upward mobility given how top heavy the organization is so a lot of great employees have been leaving because the career paths tend to be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Use the tools internally to make the best decisions for management structure and personnel, be less risk averse and let truly innovative ideas flourish, rather than squash them with "we tried that and it didn't work."

  2. Good culture

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are great! Flex schedules can be helpful.

    Cons

    Management has gone down hill. Some people in mid-management positions do not uphold the company culture but are still in the role year after year!

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach and hold managers accountable.

  3. Bullies ruin it for everyone

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

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The co-workers you'll have are some of the most personable you'll ever work with. Warm and kind.

    Cons

    Certain managers are allowed to mistreat and abuse team members because of their tenure. Senior leadership is well aware of the problems and has a ridiculous amount of documentation. Turnover in certain departments is allowed to remain high.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow managers who bully employees to ruin your entire reputation. Get rid of the bad to retain and attract the good.

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  5. I worked at Development Dimensions International

    Pros

    Project teams allow exposure to all areas of talent selection and management, such as acceleration centers and 360 performance appraisals.

    Cons

    Can't think of any right away................................

  6. Good work environment and good people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at DDI are certainly a joy to work with and many are among the top of their field. The work hours are flexible and in most cases people will be friendly

    Cons

    Innovation is a difficult topic and it takes some time to get new ideas through, especially if senior leaders are meddling with the process and deciding on details. IT department is completely understaffed and in some cases they seem somewhat incompetent.

    Biggest problem is senior leadership who is not investing in the new technology

    Advice to Management

    Let highly skilled people do their work.

  7. DDI - A great place to work!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at DDI are great to work with!

    Cons

    Salary is a little low based on industry averages.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior management could benefit from leadership courses.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Associate
    Former Employee - Project Associate

    I worked at Development Dimensions International (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Helpful/friendly coworkers. Nice buildings.

    Cons

    Several managers and department leaders lack proper leadership. Believe they are entitled to their poor actions because of seniority.
    "Best place to work" banner still hangs."

    Advice to Management

    Take a leadership class. Learn from leadership class.

  9. Great Culture, People, and Professional Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In-role growth is highly encouraged and supported.
    Promotions are common in most functions.
    The culture is terrific (valuing others, integrity, balanced feedback, collaboration, etc.).
    Flexible scheduling to maintain work/life balance.

    Cons

    Company is just starting to become more agile. Historically a conservative company typical of family-owned organizations with senior leaders who have been in place for decades.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks, fully embrace the new strategies around innovation and agility.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Senior Leadership Needs to Go

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    CEO is unprofessional and out of touch. He berates employees. Leaders who mindlessly suck up to him are rewarded, while the company plummets. Bill Byham's needs to retire. Half of the senior leaders need to go.

    Cons

    CEO is out of touch and publicly berates employees. Bill Byham promotes and holds on to leaders who mindlessly agree with him and suck up to his enormous ego. For a company with many good indivual contributors, their leadership is incompetent.

  11. Helpful (1)

    What a great company to work for!!

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

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, challenging work and most importantly great customers.

    Cons

    None known at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

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