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Broken Promises and Distorted Visions

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

I worked at Dixon Hughes Goodman full-time (less than an year)

Pros

They have; a good vision for the company, a lot of internal gatherings to promote office interaction, good benefits, a variety of divisions and specialty teams, creative and structured marketing, good community relations, strong IT staff, smart and friendly administrative staff, donuts and bagels every Thursday, private parking garage.

Cons

They have a good vision but it is poorly pierced together. Every promise they made about personal growth, valuing your opinion, working with you to succeed... was a bunch of lies. There is NO overtime... or incentive to work long extended hours. Overtime was highly discouraged yet required for most positions. There is no standardization on the way things are completed and final. Various "templates" are given to complete the same project with major differences. Their internal system "The Sphere" is not maintained with up to date records and forms needed to complete carious assignments. The final product is often cheap or dumbed down compared to other firms in the area. There is very little coverage and cross training for certain positions; causing a bit of a problem when that person is absent. The gatherings were quite amusing; people would separate into groups and were not very interactive with coworkers from another area. Quite a few of the workers have a poor/selfish attitude. Regardless of what skill level you may have had in a field, they placed you where ever they saw fit or needed to put a body. Though your opinion may have been voiced, or heard, it was readily disregarded and ignored. A lot of mistakes were overlooked pending who you were, hundreds of thousands in unbilled time, failure to communicate, client complaints, etc. "Fake it till you make it" fits this firm well. It is full of people who are settling for what they are given, or just trying to make the best of their time there. The firm did undergo many changes with the merge, and other companies they acquired, nothing went according to plan. They began firing people within short periods of placing them in certain positions, singling out some of the employees to rid themselves of. Not all employees were let go of because they were bad employees... they just did not fit the conformist, mechanical droning of DHG. The location is also a pro and a con. Located Directly off rt 7 near Tysons Corner, traffic is absolutely horrendous. Those that needed to commute spent well over 30 minutes just trying to travel 2 miles to the highway. With all the new construction and volume of the area, it is not ideal for those that have road rage or mind sitting in traffic for long period of time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I genuinely hope that things have changed since my departure. Sadly, I have kept in contact with various employees and have not heard much difference. The firm needs to look into the talent they have, and how to invest in the people that will help their company grow. Their should be standardization in each process that the firm practices, as well as the projects and work they put out. Little room for deviation is needed to create company templates and have the firm funcationing as a whole instead of various sections with different outputs under the same company name. Update quality control techniques and care about what productt the company is putting out to their clients. Cross train where applicable to create a better understanding and coverage when needed. Stop segregating people or groups and learn to work as a team. I would say relocate... but that is not realistic.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Eh..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Dixon Hughes Goodman as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A wide range of clients and work.
    Pretty large office, but still a small feel.
    Richmond office managing director is awesome

    Cons

    Very little interaction among the employees in the office. Nobody seemed to like each other.
    Central VA managing director is far from awesome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move offices. Innsbrook is old news. Move downtown with the big boys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company. Great coworkers. Pay and benefits can improve.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Dixon Hughes Goodman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with really smart people. At times many are smarter than other Big four employees.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, nor are the benefits. Management should really try to be more competitive to retain staff. Also should improve FAR group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and benefits. Make an effort to retain top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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