DDC Reviews

Updated Jan 7, 2021

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3.0
42%
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Pros
  • "Friendly coworkers, casual dress, and a flexible work schedule with ability to work from home(in 7 reviews)

  • "Work from home which is helpful for parents(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "work life balance is not a real thing here(in 9 reviews)

  • "Most employees (including some senior management) would much prefer a headquarters similar to the DC office or in an urbanized suburb like Arlington(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "DDC is a great place to work with plenty of opportunities to grow."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DDC

    Pros

    Fun and challenging projects to work on with flexible hours. Really great and smart people to work with. They invest in talent and open to process improvements. Senior leaders are accessible. Close to metro, solid benefits.

    Cons

    Could benefit from investing in employee growth by means of conferences, education opportunities. Turn around times are tight and the operations are pretty lean given the amount of work that comes in. Taking time off tends to be more stressful than necessary.

  2. "Great benefits"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at DDC full-time

    Pros

    Good team to work with

    Cons

    weak management, lack of direction


  3. "Ok"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software QA Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DDC full-time

    Pros

    Health care, small company, location

    Cons

    Politics, low pay, non qualified managers

  4. "Overall good experience"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at DDC part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a genuinely good workplace culture

    Cons

    There is low upward mobility within this organization

  5. "Great Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technologist 

    I have been working at DDC full-time

    Pros

    Close team with good leadership

    Cons

    Small Business with growing/scaling pains

  6. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DDC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Occasional team outings and parties, nice view from the rooftop

    Cons

    As previously noted, absolutely toxic culture, sub-par, user unfriendly product, abysmal management practices. Not to mention ZERO effective training. They throw a handbook at you and expect you to be up to speed and on your own within 4 months. Garbage pay compared to other firms, especially in an expensive city like DC. Not surprising they've been hemorrhaging talent. Most entry and junior-level talent stays a year then moves on... if they survive that long. Not unusual for juniors to develop anxiety disorders.

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  7. "Great Firm"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at DDC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Experience, cool projects and exposure

    Cons

    No structure in the company

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Needs big time improvement"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relations 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DDC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    casual dress code work from home options

    Cons

    Echo other reviews, toxic environment and culture. Does not pay market value, lots of other DC firms have better culture and will pay fair wages. All of midlevel talent has left or is looking. Senior execs are trying to fix things, but its a bandage over a bullet hole caused by themselves. Promised staff there would be improvements and initiatives but then backtracked after a month. Terrible new senior hires are driving employees away.

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "DDC is "meh""

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relations in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DDC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Work from home which is helpful for parents. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Management is distant. No room for growth for junior employees. Poor communication. Waste client money and provide poor end product. After seeing the sausage made, I would never hire DDC if I was in a position to do so.

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  10. Helpful (11)

    "Dumpster Fire"

    1.0
     

    I have been working at DDC

    Pros

    They pay you to be there, every two weeks.

    Cons

    Actively toxic atmosphere. High-stress, tear-you-down, sky-is-falling every day culture — not a rough patch, but for multiple years now. The business model personnel-wise is to churn staff under the age of 30 every 12 months, then hand off work to contractors — if you stay longer than that, DDC is coming out ahead. Terrible at hiring and attracting talent, so many get fired inside 90 days (never seen this happen anywhere else). Fancy titles like “Associate Vice President” go to people with ~2 years of experience so that clients think they’re getting attention from legitimate mid-level pros. Working on a single unsuccessful political campaign qualifies one as an “expert political strategist”, according to the staffing page and BD materials. They send out workplace review surveys, then when the results are terrible either say "we're going to make changes" and never do -- or they just plain don't share the results.

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