Development Dimensions International

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If you like Pittsburgh and don't care about compensation...

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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

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great co-workers. Great client experiences. Good place to get 1-3 years of experience and leave for more money and better benefits unless you get "hooked" to living in Pittsburgh.

Cons

Horrible compensation and benefits. High tolerance for poor performers. Incredibly slow decision making for a small/niche consulting company. High tenure and high personal stake in the company mean tolerance and acceptance for change (especially if driven outside of Pittsburgh) is horrible.

Advice to Management

Hire leadership from outside the company...your OPCOM is very guilty of "groupthink" and while it's admirable that you develop internal talent from the inside...you can't make a Pittsburgh-based "C" player who will never leave the company an "A" player, no matter how much training you put them through. Your turnover outside of Pittsburgh is high and it's only going to get higher once the economy rebounds and your already poor ability of delivering non-Pittsburgh-based global projects is going to get much worse. You've got to benchmark your pay and benefits with real companies outside of Pittsburgh and look to try to keep the few "A" players you have.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Culture to die for, but compensation that will leave you wanting much more.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture that balances performance with needs of individuals for work life balance. Integrity of leadership and really "living the values". Being privately held, there is not ruthless quarterly accountability to the street. This affords a lush benefit: ability and willingness to take a longer term view. Rich, collaborative culture encourages all to work together and rejects those who insist on playing "win at all costs".

    Cons

    Compensation is known by all leaders to be well below other employers for similar positions. Conservative leadership, while providing long term stability, means that growth is effectively gated or capped by risk aversion. Being privately held, there are no opportunities for upside equity participation. Collaborative culture has created a Byzantine network of processes and relationships which can be draining and dreadfully inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you must to allow the company to come closer to market salaries or risk losing some great people. Be aware that deeply conservative planning, while avoiding downsides, causes your employees who are compensated on risk to earn much less than they otherwise might.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Strategic Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Strategic Sales in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Great values and products and services. Provide fantastic training to support your ongoing development.

    Cons

    Leadership stuck in the past, think they know best. Never look externally for support or advice on how to grow the company. There is a culture of favouritism.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some fresh (external) talent to drive a culture of high-performance.


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