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Updated September 24, 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)

  • Home office seems content to maintain the status quo (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Among the best in the industry"

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

    I have been working at DAI full-time

    Pros

    Exciting wins in global health. New more flexible leave policies. Philanthropy opportunities as teams. Great new community space construction done.

    Cons

    Political uncertainty in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talking to staff.

  3. "Deputy chief of party"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Chief of Party in Iringa (Tanzania)
    Current Employee - Deputy Chief of Party in Iringa (Tanzania)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great initiatives , private sector mindset for public sector good.

    Cons

    High turnover of quality staff


  4. "Autocad/Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cap-Haïtien (Haiti)
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Cap-Haïtien (Haiti)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I seek perfection and as many experiences to improve the quality of my profession

    Cons

    Unmindful of any underestimation and racial question, frustrating any form of self-munimizing.

    Advice to Management

    Time is so precise to earn what right to life. Wishing to be in your staff or team.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. "Great Job, Awful Company"

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great role to spend time learning the systems and how international development works.

    Cons

    - Home office seems content to maintain the status quo.
    - HR is a joke, no responses on very serious issues

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to offer solutions to challenges.


  7. "Finance Manager Enterprise Partners and WEDP"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    highly professional staffs, working in a highly challenging development model called "Marketing for the poor (M4P)"

    Cons

    focused mostly on programs (delivery) and less on administrative and finance matters

    Advice to Management

    to maintain balance, management should give equal attention to operation department and its staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "DAI (Europe)"

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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

    Genuine commitment to strong ethics and excellent programme delivery.
    Flexible working practices, particularly for those with families.
    Good team culture and friendly place to work.
    Excellent access to technical resources in both the US, UK and beyond.
    Good career progression opportunities, particularly for the most talented.
    Employee ownership.
    Many women in senior positions, especially in the US - Chair of the Board is female.
    Common to find staff who have left return a few years later.

    Cons

    Work comes in ebbs and flows, and work-life balance can be difficult during busy times.
    Salaries not as high as several competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain 'open door' policy so staff of all levels feel free to discuss key issues and new ideas with you.
    Be open to new ideas.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good staff, bad management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff, good work/life balance, does good work in development, good for junior roles to get some experience to kick start their career, CEO and US team are great and have an open mind, flexible working, look after staff etc although they could be more engaged with Europe.

    Cons

    UK management is the old school management style from the 80's and as long as you are there from 9-5 then they think you are doing a good job. Wrong industry for this imo
    Innovation and thinking for yourself are not encouraged.
    Wages are below par for the industry.
    Office location is outside London and transport link is not great, breaks down or delayed at least twice a week so if you want to live in London then not ideal.
    Used to be more flexible with working hours etc but that is now not encouraged.
    The favourites that have been there for 10+ years are looked after even though they do very little.

    Advice to Management

    Look after and invest in the smart, innovative, young talent you have instead of putting all your money in old white men to come in and save the day.


  10. "ICT Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, good salary, the purpose of the job is the best.

    Cons

    bureaucracy, not easy to growth professionally

    Advice to Management

    Take a look to the talent you guys have overseas.


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