Development Dimensions International

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3 people found this helpful  

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

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 ManagementAdvice

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Free of Cost Management Course with feedback on the "How" of things. Its a huge opportunity to learn and improve !

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible Work Environment
    Respect for Individual
    Loads of Learning and huge focus on individual development
    Opportunity for Growth
    Empowerment

    Cons

    Extremely policy and ethics driven organization, DDI does its business in a very unique way and therefore One has to change a lot for success here, ability to change is extremely important
    Extremely feedback driven and if you don't have a an appetite for feedback, then this is not your place

    Apart from doing and achieving success, the How is also very critical to DDI folks !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need for more R & R

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    Positive Outlook
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