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  1. "Award winning design firm"

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    Former Employee - Project Designer/Architect in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Designer/Architect in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DDG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work on unique international projects, of immense scales with colleagues from around the world. It is truly rewarding

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to put on long hours to meet the ambitious deadlines. Sometimes you get asked for ridiculous changes on the very last minute

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees personal lives after 5pm


  2. "up and coming company"

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

    Pros

    Most creative company. Exciting, Fun. Tons of growth potential. You get to interact with people from all over the world. The ability to make your job your own.

    Cons

    with a constantly evolving company comes change which some would find hard to take - but most find exciting

  3. "very good company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great mix of cultures, personalities, and nationalities under one roof. good social culture!
    - new CEO seems to make good decisions for the benefit of the company's long term goals
    - fun, talented designers
    - wide variety of projects
    - good room for growth as an new employee

    Cons

    - a couple people don't put in a good effort while most work very hard. Management often fails to address this imbalance

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good communication
    recognize the future leaders of the company and nurture their professional development


  4. "It is what you make it"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    DDG is an anomaly in the Baltimore market. A company with reach across the globe. Here you'll quickly have the ability to work on a vast array of projects from all over the world. Work is fast paced but outputted at a level of quality that rivals many local and international architecture firms.

    DDG is a wonderful place to grow and develop as a designer.

    Cons

    DDG rarely takes the stance of expert in many dealings with clients. In an effort to please their clients they usually agree to aggressive and sometimes even ridiculous timelines. Sometimes standing up to a client and showing them why they hired you to be their architect is appropriate. If they always knew what was best they would need to hire anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Establishing specific terms of engagement (i.e. well written contracts) could save the company and employees a great deal of stress, time and money.


  5. "Great team."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Good team and many creative designers, collaborative organization in a friendly atmosphere.
    -International setting, different types of projects.
    -Flexible Schedule.

    Cons

    -One thing I could think of is the firm is lack of company culture and needs to participate more community activities.
    -The firm should provide more benefits to support career development.

    Advice to Management

    The company should enhance its culture and value through more activities both inside and out of the office, provide more opportunities for young designers to grow and keep updating them with the newest design skills and techniques.


  6. "Project Designer"

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    Former Employee - Project Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    DDG is a fast-paced exciting place to work. The projects are fun to work on and you are challenged to grow as a design professional. There are also lots of great people to work with and there is a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    DDG's work tends to end at the design development stage, so it almost feels like an extension of design school where you only get skin deep with projects and don't always have a real opportunity to fully detail a project and go through the construction phase.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and diversifying as a company and producing exciting projects.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Multi-culture colleges, good experience."

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Designer/Architect in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Project Designer/Architect in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Explore difference culture environment
    - Know the other side of US. living
    - Good work place and full equipments
    - No heir achy working process

    Cons

    - Top management seems to be too dry to employee
    - A bit politic

    Advice to Management

    - Give a promotion to the right person

  8. Helpful (1)

    "This place is for Designer that gets a chance to apply his/her creative knowledge to projects around the world."

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    Former Employee - Project Designer/Architect in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Designer/Architect in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office environment with a few good principals to work with that show no hierarchy in team and give you an opportunity to grow. Overall friendly and peaceful culture at work.

    Cons

    Baltimore is an unsafe place to live. Some imbalance in terms of foreseeing the inflow of projects vs hiring employees. If the projects do not go as planned, sudden decisions are taken to let go employees. Job security at this place is a tricky one.

    Advice to Management

    Offer job security.


  9. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DDG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great benefits and salary
    - Made some good friends
    - unique office space
    - fun international projects
    - Good starting point in one's career

    Cons

    - Upper management is tough to understand - seem to pick favorites and throw others to the side that voice their opinion about something not healthy going on in the department
    - very political
    - not much room for growth
    - very long hours with tight deadlines
    - promises are made to clients and then employees are forced to work long hours to get it done quickly in the time promised
    - a lot of prospective clients/lots of talk, but then nothing happens or things fall through

    Advice to Management

    - Actually try to mend problems/figure out a solution going on in certain departments
    - LISTEN to your employees when multiple people are coming to you with the same problem
    - be more sociable and interested in employees and push them creatively
    - Allow employees to have a chance to grow and succeed by offering them more responsibilities and helping them when you can see they're trying


  10. "Overall, good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Urban Planner in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Urban Planner in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Talented staff and many of the managers are quality professionals, if a bit detached from the staff.

    Cons

    Location, location, location. Office is nice, city is not.
    Your a cog in a wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, perhaps treat employees as more than a commodity.


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