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Development Counsellors International Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. "New Account Coordinator Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company is extremely transparent, you can ask anyone anything. The perks are awesome, the occasional free lunches, dogs in the office, yoga classes, personal training classes, professional development, summer Fridays...! I actually enjoy coming to work and seeing friendly smiling faces, everyone wants to be here. Plus, you get flown out to NY for a company retreat once a year!!

    Cons

    The hiring process was quite rigorous, but I can understand why. There is a certain type of person they are looking for that fits their company culture. If you are looking for a 9-5 job, this is not for you. DCI looks for people who are willing to put in the extra effort.

    Advice to Management

    Would love if Andy (President) would visit all of the offices more, I think it would enhance the company culture here at DCI.


  2. "An overall great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work with really interesting clients, do meaningful work and travel. Most teams are very close-knit and work more collaboratively than I've seen at other companies. Open book policy allows everyone to speak up, be heard and be informed about the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work-life and hours can be difficult to balance, but that comes with the public relations career (as a pro, DCI is fairly flexible).


  3. "A Passion for Places (and their people)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DCI is a company that truly cares about their employees. Senior leadership realizes the pay is lower than average and work to make up for that with other perks. Not only does DCI foster a supportive and smart environment, some additional perks include (but are not limited to),
    - Work from home opportunities
    - Robust maternity leave
    - Inter-agency exchange to work from other offices
    - Game bonuses and sales incentives
    - Free Yoga
    - PTO for charitable work one day a year
    - Available PTO in general
    - Summer Fridays
    - Happy Hours
    - Standing desks

    Cons

    - Not all employees get a standing desk
    - Pay is a little bit lower
    - Most people eat lunch at their desks
    - You will probably work more than 40 hours a week
    - Thorough on-boarding process

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be attentive and supportive of staff.


  4. "Smart and Growing Agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative working environment with interesting client work, supportive management and open book financial policy. All full-time staff of one year or more benefit from semi-regular monthly bonuses based on the financial performance of the company, providing an incentive for staff at every level to reduce expenses, drive sales and service accounts at the highest level. Ability to work from home once per week and flexible hours contributes to a culture of work life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries are now more competitive than they were when I first started, but not quite at the level of other mid sized PR firms in NYC. The game bonus and sales incentives help to close the gap.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the requests/concerns of current employees and implement real changes. I'm very impressed by movement I've seen in the right direction.


  5. "DCI REALLY is the leader in marketing places..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, interesting work - economic development and tourism cover so many industries and people, professional development opportunities and overall awesome staff so working with the team at DCI encourages you to want to do the best job all the time

    Cons

    There are always cons to any job, but here I'd say that you need to be cross-trained in a variety of marketing/pr functions. It's both a pro and a con - you learn more b/c you do have to know how to do everything but you cannot 'specialize' at what you're best at doing.

    Advice to Management

    Continue flexibility, selective recruitment process. Explore other service line opportunities.


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    "Great Firm, Great People, Great Expectations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with interesting clients/destinations, wonderful perks, transparent management, and abundant opportunities to grow. Open Company policy is amazing, and upper management is open to feedback, CEO does an outstanding job.

    Cons

    As is the case with most marketing/PR firms, work-life balance is a constant struggle, but the company has taken many steps to improve on this. Very little office bickering/feuds, but they do exist. There is a clear division between departments, with most people having no idea what other departments work on / do. A struggle to get into higher management positions due to upper management never leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Only advice is to continue to be transparent, listen to feedback, hire when needed to alleviate stress on certain departments.


  7. "A Great Place to Work with Smart People and Well-Intentioned Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture and colleagues, type and scope of work, senior leadership attitudes and mentorship, ability to take on high level projects early on

    Cons

    there is never any "down time" - it's always fast-paced, salaries are low, no annual bonus given and takes 1 year to get into "the game" bonus system, slow growth based on time benchmarks rather than work ethic, no HR reps

    Advice to Management

    pay your staff more to keep them and get a professional HR rep - at 60+ employees, you really need to have one


  8. "Great people, but draining clients"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people of DCI are warm and welcoming. The profit sharing program is generous. They are very open and honest with the employees about how they run the company. They are receptive to feedback and sometimes implement it.

    Cons

    The workload can be very heavy. A work-life balance is difficult. Even when the hours aren't bad , the work can be very draining. Company policies are not executed consistently from the different managers. When they are, it's sometimes reluctantly. They are looking to staff HR and they really need it.

    Advice to Management

    Be more willing to push back against clients demands. Hire HR immediately...this will help with employee retention.


  9. "So Glad I Found DCI"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, friendly and hard working people. Great location in a fun neighborhood with parking. Efficient hiring process. Excellent management and review procedures. Generous perks and benefits. Casual dog-friendly office environment.

    Cons

    Challenges you to push yourself past your comfort zone. Surrounded by high achievers, so it's hard to slack off even if you wanted to. Too many cupcakes and baked goods.


  10. "AE to SAE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn PR, supportive executive team, fascinating clients.

    Cons

    Not as innovative when it comes to digital marketing and creative campaigns.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money in staff for retention and valuable contributions


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