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DAI Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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  1. "Great company doing great work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked at a few international development companies, and this one is by far the best run. They invest in employees, in building a company that excels, and in ensuring the highest quality work. Mission-driven and business savvy at the same time. Great colleagues and opportunities. Great transparency from senior leadership.

    Cons

    Benefits are ok - not stellar - but getting better. Highly collaborative culture means decisions take a long time and get constantly re-examined and re-litigated. Could use a bit more hierarchy, but nothing that's a dealbreaker.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing employees and looking toward the future!


  2. "Brief but largely positive"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, high levels of competence in all project areas

    Cons

    There were management issues during my time, micro management was an issue

  3. "Overall positive experience"

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

    I worked at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to international development, responsibility, travel opportunities

    Cons

    Difficult to move up/grow in career outside narrow avenues, favoritism is an issue


  4. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Offer decent salary packages for project employees

    Cons

    Disconnect between head office and country teams


  5. "Growth opportunities for entrepreneurial staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Employee owned company; access to senior management; technically excellent; solid systems

    Cons

    competitive culture; career advancement is more relationship-driven than "tracts" or formalized


  6. "Good 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

    Good people, interesting work, mission focused, good internal systems

    Cons

    Can be difficult to grow; it may depend on your timing with opportunities or who your manager is.


  7. "Solid firm"

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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

    The people are incredibly smart and dedicated.

    Cons

    Senior management a bit 'distant.' Probably too many senior-level people.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. 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


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