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Development Alternatives Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be good depending on line manager (in 7 reviews)

  • Been a hugely positive work environment where I'm encouraged and given a lot of technical freedom (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a disconnect between project staff and home-office staff (in 4 reviews)

  • Out of touch executive leadership team (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Corrupt leadership, frustrating inefficiencies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Development Alternatives full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, work from home option. Nice system of employee rewards for morale. Although because the work schedule is so flexible, you'll often be working nights and weekends due to a lack of boundaries.

    Cons

    Most of the employees are friendly, good-spirited, and hard working. However every department is riddled with toxic, territorial dragons who sabotage workflow and inhibit necessary process improvement to inefficient, outdated policies. It was not uncommon to witness colleagues leaving the building crying due to this toxicity and inability to foster a positive work environment. Very difficult to move upwards at DAI, as purposeful blocks are in place that force employees to leave the company in search of promotion elsewhere. The folks in HR are extremely corrupt, from the top-down. Confidentiality in employee-relations matters does not exist - they are are snakes and alcoholism is a problem - beware.

    Advice to Management

    HR overhaul necessary.


  2. "Good Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    The People, Networking opportunities, Colleagues are easy to approach and willing to help

    Cons

    Communication, Salary, Career Opportunities, Unclear Positions

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that there is regular communication between employees and management


  3. "Advocacy Officer"

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

    I worked at Development Alternatives full-time

    Pros

    Good team mates and very conducive working environment with social inclusion and participation highly important. Ethics and standards are high and very great company to work for.

    Cons

    Salaries are paid based on salary history which is discouraging and very interest though

    Advice to Management

    It is always important to pay based on merit, qualification and work load.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Development Alternatives full-time

    Pros

    Lots of little perks, staff in general are friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    Upper level management rather closed to new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct 360 degree reviews to ensure full measure/competency of staff


  6. "Partnership Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good remuneration and compensation. work family balance is perfect.

    Cons

    too much power is wielded by the top management especially in Kenya. Too much witch hunting and backbiting.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that not all employees are extroverts, give the 360 degree performance evaluation even to top bosses as well.


  7. "Good people, good work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Young energetic employees interested in changing the world.

    Cons

    It was fine. Not terrible but it has problems like any company

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with your employees.


  8. "Good place for entry level staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly workforce
    - Good team-work dynamic
    - (some) opportunity to travel
    - Good opportunity for progression if you prove yourself- competitive for promotions
    - Work comes in ebbs and flows, so not always busy. Work-life balance can be good depending on line manager.

    Cons

    - Salary (but good benefits)
    - High turnover of staff
    - Some bad hiring decisions


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good company to work for, especially entry-level"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and collaborative employees, work can be intellectually stimulating, some excellent mentors, opportunities for international travel, if you do well there you can move around within the company which allows for refreshing new challenges without having to find another job elsewhere

    Cons

    Top-heavy and overpaid executive team has been winnowed down in recent years, but there is still some dead weight still around. A lot of focus on and investment in medium-term corporate strategy by executive team with little to show for the original 5-year strategy. Tendency to keep under-performing employees for too long.


  10. "Procurement Officer"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Officer in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Procurement Officer in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Follow all supply chain procedures .

    Cons

    Daily normal supply chain challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Give people job opportunities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Development Alternatives full-time

    Pros

    Great professional development opportunities, especially for people just out of school, collegial environment, very collaborative. Great travel opportunities, nice people, opportunity for work life balance, opportunities to specialize.

    Cons

    Sometimes cater too much to very senior people. Can be difficult to break out of a niche. Need to have a competent manager above you to thrive.



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