Development Gateway Foundation

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Development Gateway Foundation Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
11 Reviews
3.8
11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly and hardworking colleagues. Fun and fulfilling place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Development Gateway Foundation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People are awesome and friendly. Always lots of cake on birthdays, team lunches (in the nice casual way, not boring mandatory kind) The work we get to do is fulfilling and exciting. Good opportunities for travel. Is run like a social enterprise more than a non-profit, keeps things sustainable, and people working hard. You always feel like colleagues are working as hard as you are.

    Pay and benefits are good for a non-profit, but not on par with private, but if money is what drives you then it's probably not a good fit anyway.

    Cons

    The team is distributed across the world. half in D.C and the rest in Argnetina, Romania, and a couple scattered around. It makes travelling fun and exciting, but means a lot of tele-working and communicating instead of in person which takes some getting used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing and never settle when hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, very dedicated people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Development Gateway Foundation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Development Gateway is a great place to work. The organization treats its employees like family. The people working there are very dedicated to their jobs and the work is really interesting. There is a lot of opportunity to travel. The work you do really does make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Back in 2011-2013, there were a lot of mistakes made by former employees. The employees are long gone, but the errors they made are still haunt the company. Thankfully, Development Gateway has gotten past these mistakes and is growing again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the friendly atmosphere and keep treating people like they are an important part of organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities for professional growth

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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 Gateway Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities for travel
    Challenging work and opportunities to lead projects
    High degree of latitude within responsibilities (no micro-management)
    Excellent benefits
    Great organizational culture/office atmosphere
    Non-hierarchical structure means that there is a lot of interaction between management and staff

    Cons

    The workload can be challenging at times and travel can occasionally be excessive
    High degree of latitude sometimes is accompanied by unclear expectations from management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting, challenging and rewarding place to work

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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 Gateway Foundation

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for learning, creatively and international travel with supportive management. Open office layout. Lots of opportunities for connecting with others. Flexible work schedule (most times). A start up style culture.

    Cons

    Heavy work load. Not the best place for people that aren't self-starters. Often poor communication between senior management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to staff. Make it clearer to staff what the organization's strategy is. Sometimes feels like an aid agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The company is on a verge of collapse

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Development Gateway Foundation

    Pros

    Good for young people who like to be sent to developing countries for adding a line to their resume and do not expect a career at Development Gateway.

    Cons

    The company is basically dying. A series of mistakes by senior management lead to a bad financial situation. Many long-time employees have been fired, more will probably follow soon. Management is trying to act like nothing is happening but they are fooling only the kids they hired recently to bring costs down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign while it's not too late. But then again it's probably too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    International organization with a diverse staff, excellent benefits, offering great career path for young professionals

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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 Gateway Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Development Gateway is an organization that is in its best years yet. It offers young people great opportunities to get their "hands dirty" on interesting projects while also offering extensive experience in developing countries. The open work culture allows the staff to grow in their professional development. Senior management is extremely friendly, approachable and listen to staff concerns taking immediate action to rectify problems where possible. Over the past few years the environment has changed for the better with the organization moving forward in key areas that are relevant to today's technical challenges. If you are looking to learn and gain experience in the international development arena this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    In the past the organization was too "top heavy" with too many management staff. However, this is now changing with the organization cutting out the "fat" and staffing with a young dynamic staff while at the same time keeping an equal measure of "experienced" staff in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue down this road

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Management I have ever experienced

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Job Title in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Job Title in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Development Gateway Foundation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Decent salary/benefits
    -Some interesting colleagues
    -Location was perfect--close to metro

    Cons

    I have worked in 5 different organizations. None comes close to the disfunction I experienced at DG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is one "manager" in particular that is sinking the entire ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent senior management, failed organizational structure, personal work performance is not rewarded

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Development Gateway Foundation

    Pros

    Good benefits, access to new technologies, working for public good, friendly atmosphere (when people are not stressed).

    Cons

    People are under significant stress, several employees have been let go recently, there have been salary cuts. Utterly incompetent senior management doesn't control the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should be replaced with people who better understand what organization is doing and more successful at fund raising.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    stressful and not rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Development Gateway Foundation

    Pros

    Good benefits, great location, and good opportunity to work with donors

    Cons

    Organizational issues, highly bureaucratic and slow in pace, very old management and very few innovators, management doesn't control staff and it is easier to stay home or to leave job at 2pm every day. Success or failure don't determine any consequence. At Development Gateway who doesn't do anything all day long has more chances to live peacefully.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the space to the new generations and make it informal!

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Allows for serious career growth, if you take advantage of opportunities

    • 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 Gateway Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Lately DG has undergone some big changes which should be transformational for the organization; it almost feels like a start up organization. We have very interesting coworkers from all over the world and with different backgrounds. Management truly invests time in staff tto make sure that they are happy with what they are doing and that they have the resources they need to do their jobs. There's a lot of room for growth for team members - but you have to be aware of what is going on and ask to do new things. There are also lots of opportunities for travel to some interesting places. Finally, it's a positive work environment (almost family-like) with good benefits.

    Cons

    For many reasons, there is less accountability for some team members than others, meaning that some members are not respectful of policies or simply do not contribute anything meaningful work wise. More often than not, nothing happens to these team members. Also, the speed with which senior management makes high-level organizational decisions can be excruciatingly slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to empower team members to manage their own projects and programs and support them to establish better accountability measures. Be more agile when it comes to decision making and trust managers and directors to make more decisions; remember the difficult decisions are often decisions that simply have to be made and that delaying that decision can be more harmful than helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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