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Updated February 14, 2018
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be good depending on line manager (in 11 reviews)

  • nice people innovative approaches employee owned (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Solid company"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated smart and sharp people who like to work in a fun environment. Good work/life balance allowed but you need to set boundaries because this company will work you as much as possible (especially if you are viewed to be good at your job). Quality of managers vary but the company is continually trying to improve itself. I have had both good and bad ones and they can make or break your time at DAI. It's employee-owned so you become more and more invested in the company, as a whole, the longer you stay. Great travel and work opportunities available.

    Cons

    At times, people/managers can be unforgiving. You can develop a 'reputation' and if it isn't a good one, then you may find yourself written off and eventually having no opportunities. Often, a person is unaware of their reputation because communication of 'areas for improvement' is not great. They are working on it but it often comes too late and people leave on bad terms (hence there is a group of disgruntled former DAI employees).

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving managers abilities to communicate. Work on messaging.


  2. "Great company with a great culture"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Despite some bumps over the years, the company is well managed

    Cons

    Some disconnect between "technical" tracks and project management tracks

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting projects, dedicated staff, poor work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DAI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    . Experienced and reputable major USAID & DFID contractor
    . Highly educated and experienced, hard working staff
    . Challenging and rewarding work
    . Travel opportunities

    Cons

    . Poor work /life balance: excessive workload that hinders quality
    . Poor communication and lack of transparency from Senior Management staff
    . Pay not congruent with workload
    . Excessive amount of outdated systems


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Its a great company IF you are lucky enough to have a good manager."

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

    I have been working at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Good growth potential, movement from one department to another, flexible hours, a good degree of work life/balance.

    Cons

    Some manager are just horrible. Not knowledgeable and/or too emotional to work with. It can be found anywhere though, but if looking into working here, try to do your FBI work on who the manager will be. People quit the managers, not the company.

    Advice to Management

    Allow, with no resentment, for your team to grow and move to other departments. Even if it means you will have more workload while you find a replacement.


  5. "Solid company"

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

    I have been working at DAI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, very stable despite general governmental uncertainty. Employee owned, including incentives to buy company shares. High win percentage. Management seems responsive to employee voices

    Cons

    401k matching is minimal, with long vesting period.

    Advice to Management

    It seems like you're trying to save money and create space by renovating the floors, but you should consider instead just having more people work remotely, part or full-time.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Overall, Great Company to Work For."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DAI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice employee incentive program. Friendly staff. Some departments have room for growth and/or flexibility to move throughout the company. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Corrupt HR department especially at the top level. Too many under performing employees and those employees seem to get significant employee incentives. Upper management over paid.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul HR or you'll continue to lose valuable employees while keeping under performing employees employed.


  7. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Strong organizational, a lot of exposure to a talented workforce.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, a lot menial work given to lower level employees.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at DAI full-time

    Pros

    The job itself was interesting but work you can do at an development company without putting up with severely poor good ol' boys management style.

    Cons

    Severely poor mismanagement that is very lax about serious issues. Depending on the manager, sexual harassment, hostile working environments, discrimination and more, are allowed to fester (or engaged in by the manager himself) when working abroad. A cowboy mentality to development work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to complaints from workers and take them seriously.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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