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Denali Advanced Integration Founder & CEO Majdi Daher
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Pros
  • Okay place to start out if you can't find anything else, but wouldn't recommend staying with the company for too long (in 5 reviews)

  • Great Vision, great tech company, and great people (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The leadership hires to fulfill potentially short term needs and locks great technology professionals into very complex non-compete agreements (in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay with no yearly review or raise (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for junior staff"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Denali Advanced Integration full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - People are happy to speak to younger staff who want to learn more about a specific area.
    - Junior staff are encouraged to travel when possible (e.g. to help start up or close down projects, which is where operations skills that junior staff have are most useful)
    - Ability to work at HQs in the DC area OR on projects overseas (the latter after internal networking)
    - DAI tries to be more efficient in order to get a bigger bang for clients'/donors' buck and created a Business Process Management unit to work on efficiency, which is rare in international development.

    Cons

    - It is a fairly large firm for the industry, which means there are bureaucratic issues, especially since project teams depend on cross-functional collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover was high among Project Coordinators, partly because of the nature of the job (people tend to stay two years and either get promoted, leave DAI to get a field assignment with another organization, or go to grad school). When I left, there was an idea floating around of creating a clearer career path for PCs so that they saw there was room to grow -- either up into technical roles or into operational ones. If implemented, this could help PCs stay on longer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good People But Company Is Struggling To Find Its Way"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Denali Advanced Integration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are really nice to work with and they have good in-house technical knowledge. Benefits are average to above average. There are opportunities for growth due to the size of the organization. Improved management systems.

    Cons

    It may be a product of success but growth has created a distance between Sr. management and the rest of the company as well as a disconnect between departments.

    There is constant competition for interesting work and people that have it tend to hoard. Jr. staff are undervalued and Sr. staff are overpaid. Too many chiefs syndrome but nobody is willing to budge. Stark divide between 'technical' and 'project management' areas.

    Advice to Management

    Company culture is to coddle senior project staff as long as they win new business even if it is toxic to the operations. This is often at the expense of supporting staff who often are treated as expendable.

    Transparency! It is very difficult to know what is really going on behind the scenes. Senior management seems disconnected from the rest of the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if you're aggressive about your own development"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Denali Advanced Integration full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many many travel opportunities for very young (under 25) staff. I enjoyed working in international development in an office that was run like a real business. There are many opportunities for growth if you're the kind of person who aggressively seeks them out. Staff are very professional. I recommend DAI to most young people I meet who are looking to get into int'l development.

    Cons

    Employees who are less aggressive/competitive get stuck in monotonous positions (like project coordinator) for years on end. No one will offer you a promotion; you have to aggressively work for it and know the right people. Lots of drama among junior staff when things get competitive (vying to cover projects in coveted locations; applying for promotion opps). USAID market is dwindling, so not sure about job security for the time being.

    Advice to Management

    Staff meetings and retreats do little to improve staff morale and are mostly a waste of time that staff would prefer to spend working or with their families. Create more positions that don't involve frequent travel or excessive hours so that people with families and personal lives can be successful at DAI too.


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  5. "A very good experience"

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Denali Advanced Integration as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional people, helpful, always on time.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about them.


  6. "great place for young employees to cut their teeth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Denali Advanced Integration full-time

    Pros

    DAI is big enough that it is possible to start at a junior position and grow through a progression of assignments. Despite its size, the company is also very much based on relationships, which is good for people that are active networkers professionally and socially.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to make the jump from a junior employee to a mid level employee, mostly due to the structure of the company over the past 30 years and the administrative role that junior staff generally play. Jumping from an administrative role to a technical, or knowledge-based role, can take leaving the company or taking a relatively undesirable field assignment.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer reorgs, more investment in junior staff and middle management.


  7. "A learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A company that truly cares about international development solutions.

    Cons

    Very competitive company and thus difficult to grow.



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