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Updated July 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be good depending on line manager (in 8 reviews)

  • Been a hugely positive work environment where I'm encouraged and given a lot of technical freedom (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work comes in ebbs and flows, and work-life balance can be difficult during busy times (in 4 reviews)

  • There's a high turnover here for a reason (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DAI full-time

    Pros

    nice people innovative approaches employee owned

    Cons

    reliant on USAID, out in Bethesda

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic work culture (includes narcissistic managers and petty interdepartmental revenge plots)"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DAI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. If I could give this below one star, I would.

    Cons

    Do not work here. It is toxic and will affect your everyday wellbeing. Expect to be uselessly micromanaged to the point of dysfunction. You'll think about quitting every single day. Also, horrible pay for what you go through.

    Advice to Management

    Destroy and rebuild from ground up.

  3. "Don't work here - high turnover"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start your career in international development

    Cons

    Awful management. Does not treat employees like humans. There's a high turnover here for a reason.


  4. "Corrupt leadership, frustrating inefficiencies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, work from home option. Nice system of employee rewards for morale. Although because the work schedule is so flexible, you'll often be working nights and weekends due to a lack of boundaries.

    Cons

    Most of the employees are friendly, good-spirited, and hard working. However every department is riddled with toxic, territorial dragons who sabotage workflow and inhibit necessary process improvement to inefficient, outdated policies. It was not uncommon to witness colleagues leaving the building crying due to this toxicity and inability to foster a positive work environment. Very difficult to move upwards at DAI, as purposeful blocks are in place that force employees to leave the company in search of promotion elsewhere. The folks in HR are extremely corrupt, from the top-down. Confidentiality in employee-relations matters does not exist - they are are snakes and alcoholism is a problem - beware.

    Advice to Management

    HR overhaul necessary.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Lots of little perks, staff in general are friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    Upper level management rather closed to new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct 360 degree reviews to ensure full measure/competency of staff


  6. "Good people, good work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DAI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Young energetic employees interested in changing the world.

    Cons

    It was fine. Not terrible but it has problems like any company

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with your employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good company to work for, especially entry-level"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DAI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart and collaborative employees, work can be intellectually stimulating, some excellent mentors, opportunities for international travel, if you do well there you can move around within the company which allows for refreshing new challenges without having to find another job elsewhere

    Cons

    Top-heavy and overpaid executive team has been winnowed down in recent years, but there is still some dead weight still around. A lot of focus on and investment in medium-term corporate strategy by executive team with little to show for the original 5-year strategy. Tendency to keep under-performing employees for too long.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Great professional development opportunities, especially for people just out of school, collegial environment, very collaborative. Great travel opportunities, nice people, opportunity for work life balance, opportunities to specialize.

    Cons

    Sometimes cater too much to very senior people. Can be difficult to break out of a niche. Need to have a competent manager above you to thrive.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good not great"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Business Development in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DAI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worker levels are fun interesting people. Flexible hours depending on your department. Ebb and flow proposal schedule works for some, not for others. Individuals and teams are able to be mission-driven.

    Cons

    Senior management totally disconnected from the business. Suspect strategy and ability to form or implement a serious growth strategy related to company core competencies. Far too distracted by the new and different, and not enough on the practicality of strengthening and expanding the core business. Company still struggles with aftermath of a geographic reorganization circa 2013 with remaining ripple effects.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the enterprise, not the sex appeal that comes with running it.


  10. "Senior Practice Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Been a hugely positive work environment where I'm encouraged and given a lot of technical freedom.

    Cons

    Need to hire more experts beyond DAI's standard / tried and true technical areas.


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