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DCI Group Reviews

Updated July 31, 2017
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  1. "Treats people well"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DCI Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging tasks, creative problem solving, very friendly co-workers, it feels like a family, great benefits,

    Cons

    The work can get very intense sometimes. You have to be able to move fast, be flexible and perform some outside-of-your-job-description miracles.


  2. "Some Great People, Not Always Great Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DCI Group full-time

    Pros

    Great place to jump into DC! You're going to learn a lot and be thrown into situations that will prepare you for anything. Great "war room" structure to help entry-level or new-to-DC folks get a good taste of how to work the DC public affairs world. If you've done campaign world, you'll easily slide into a role working at DI. Some genuinely really nice people, some teams work great together and will bend over backwards to help one another. Flexible with WFH when needed for appointments etc. Casual Fridays and company outings.

    Cons

    There's a lack of respect from the top for those at junior level, and especially for internal teams that serve across the company (Creative, Digital, Web). This does not apply to all there - but it definitely applies to some at the top and it even when addressed, it does not stop. Some prominent people tend to treat other employees simply as resources and not humans. Not a great work/life balance, but if you are single and ready to work a lot, then might be a good fit. Lots of turn over at the junior level and people getting burnt out.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Immoral Company and Questionable Coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can make some good industry connections

    Cons

    Chronic malaise due to participation in a company that uses underhanded tactics like astroturfing at the cost of the US as a whole. Naturally, such activity does not attract "good" people and many coworkers are amoral at best, particularly management. Because of its questionable activities, the company has developed a bit of a bad rep.

    Advice to Management

    Representing corporate interests does not require unethical tactics.


  4. "DCI Group"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced dynamic work environment when busy, boring as can be when not.
    Smart, energetic people
    Caring Culture

    Cons

    "Mysterious" Organizational Structure -- various shadow companies.
    Highly politicized atmosphere, but its the business of politics


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very professional, great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DCI Group full-time

    Pros

    Employees are some of the best and brightest

    Cons

    Issue areas and tactics are a bit questionable


  6. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best public relations firms to work for in the Washington DC area."

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team approach to meeting client needs provides opportunities for energetic, motivated and creative thinkers to quickly receive recognition and promotion in this lean organization that thrives on those who think outside the box.

    Cons

    DCI Group is a lean organization with an extensive third party network that extends nationwide and globally. Those on the team must stay on top of their game. There is always someone waiting to get in.

    Advice to Management

    Former employee loyalty to DCI Group remains one of the company's greatest assets. Though competition and the need for continuous production for the client is high, DCI Group maintains a separation policy that retains the dignity of the employee, honors their service, and provides a place for the former employee to redirect their energies as they leave.


  7. "Great company with a lot of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    DCI is a great company with a fast paced and dynamic work environment. The job is really what you make it. If you show you are willing to work and able to get results, you will be given the challenges you need to grow and develop. The company is also very team oriented. Everyone works together to serve the client.

    Cons

    Can be long hours but it's worth it when you get the results for your client.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Miserable Place"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice.

    Cons

    1) The hours are long and the pay is low. 2) Management could not care less about what their employees think or what they have to say. 3) They staff up and then lay people off every year or so. 4) There is no communication between teams.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people so often if you are going to turn around and lay them off. Also, communicate with and listen to your employees.


  9. "Good but company needs to invest in Ground worker."

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good culture and work ethics.

    Cons

    Compensation was not good enough.

    Advice to Management

    Please look into the compensation of the people who are working hard.


  10. "One of the best experiences you'll find in DC!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is what you make it, but you'll learn a lot if you take the time. Time management is huge - a lot of daily and weekly projects are expected without reminders from anyone. Great team environment, even for interns. Little hierarchy among staff unless there needs to be, but pretty laid back and team-oriented overall. Interns can be given a lot of responsibility and you're trusted with preparing client-ready work. The people are great and have very diverse backgrounds and know a lot of people they can be willing to introduce you too if you make a good impression - great for networking! Very accessible and open to interns as far as networking with even the VPs and partners. Great location. I'd recommend it to anyone. Internships are paid which is hard to find in DC.

    Cons

    Some of the other teams/intern managers had different approaches to the intern program and how you may be treated so your experience could be different. Those teams could use some work, but I have no complaints about my experience.


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