Development Alternatives

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Orangutan Conservation Services Program - USAID

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Development Alternatives as a contractor

Pros

God teamwork and warm working environment

Cons

Working with multistakeholder network for the program

Recommends

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  1.  

    A decent place to learn about international development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Development Alternatives full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fairly reputable within the international development field specifically in the sectors of enterprise development and crisis stabilization. Employee-owned. Large international presence.

    Cons

    Base salaries for junior and mid-level professionals is low. Client portfolio is to US government (read: USAID) centric. Recently went through a round of significant lay-offs mid-2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity client portfolio. Provide more skills-based training to staff. Improve talent retention program. Provide incentives to junior staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Very tough place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Development Alternatives full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very focused on audits, regulations, following policy
    - Good reputation in the field
    - Fairly good benefits

    Cons

    - Stark division between "project management" and "technical" staff, meaning unless you have at least 10 years of experience, you will be stuck doing endless administrative minutiae, with no chance to show or even develop your other skills
    - Very difficult for junior/PM staff to get ANY interesting work, leading to endemic low morale among this group
    - Very by-the-book, hierarchical, micromanaging
    - Opportunities for advancement/recognition basically limited to who you know (i.e., if someone influential takes an interest in you)--otherwise, very difficult to showcase or even develop your technical skills
    - Tone-deaf, out-of-touch senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more with all levels of the company, find ways to develop jr-to-mid-range staff so they stay at the company and maintain invaluable institutional knowledge. Care more about developing in-house talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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