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Development Counsellors International Reviews

Updated March 23, 2019
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  1. "Summer Intern at New York PR Company"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Development Counsellors International part-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, extremely involved, learned a lot

    Cons

    Long commute, not much opportunity to experience other parts of agency


  2. "A great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International full-time

    Pros

    The team at DCI truly lives and works by the company values with is refreshing to see. They are passionate, knowledgeable and supportive team members. It's a great place to build your career-- everyone at the company wants you to grow as an individual. Additionally, there are countless benefits like monthly free lunches, post-work social events, yearly stipends to work from remote offices, guest speakers and many communication channels to celebrate successes or ask questions. It's been a great place to work!

    Cons

    Not exactly a con-- but DCI strives for excellence, so be prepared to work with diligence!

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    "Vice President"

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    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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work that truly impacts lives around the world; Strong company values that encourage partnership with each other, continuous learning, innovation in service offerings; Opportunity to learn how a business runs and actually run it - not "just" work on clients; Competitive compensation packages that celebrate company success with bonuses paid throughout the year; Opportunity to travel the world.

    Cons

    "Make time to travel" is a company value and client requirement - so you really must embrace this to succeed here; There is no breaking on the drive to success so those who are successful have to learn to self-regulate their pace; Learning curve can be steep and speed required too fast for people who are not already familiar with the agency's specialties and some new staff find that difficult to navigate; It sometimes takes "too much time" for the company to separate from clients and staff who don't embrace agency values.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep an open mind and add new services in order to remain competitive; Groom mid-level managers for leadership roles; Don't be afraid to step-away from clients and staff who don't align with your stated core values.


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    "Lacking in Middle Management"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good company culture
    Opportunities for travel

    Cons

    Unfortunately your experience at DCI is totally reliant on the middle management in charge of you. There is little room for lateral movement or advancement without your direct boss' consent. Sometimes the office feels a little like a popularity contest, those who are favorites move forward whereas the rest of us are left working late hours at our desks to no avail. It's definitely not a fit for everyone and mostly geared towards solely career-driven people living to work, not working to live.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your middle management. When you move someone into a management position, train them how to manage. Employing people under those who have no management experience is a loss for everyone and can halt growth on both levels.


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    "Great Agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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

    Passionate employees, great opportunities to travel, great benefits and bonus structure

    Cons

    Inconsistency in management across teams, high turnover


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    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive 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

    The company culture is absolutely unparalleled.
    Strong benefits for an agency
    Interesting and challenging work
    Opportunities to travel
    Working on a team with incredibly intelligent, innovative people
    Strong values that tie back into everything we do here as a company

    Cons

    Growth path somewhat unclear. What should employees be doing to work towards promotion, and how can we make that more clearly laid out?

    Salary not competitive, but benefits and bonuses make up for the gap

    Experience can be very dependent on who your manager is -- this isn't uniform and it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Please ensure that senior level leaders understand what it takes/ means to be a manager, and listen to the employees who have concerns with their manager.


  7. "Creative agency with great values"

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

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International full-time

    Pros

    -DCI has an open and transparent work environment
    -Offer great benefits to employees (401k, health & dental insurance, bonuses throughout the year, comp days, health & wellness program)
    -Potential for growth
    -Management listens to employee feedback/concerns/likes/dislikes
    -Work with creative, bright and energetic individuals

    Cons

    Heavy workload and travel schedules sometimes make it difficult to balance work/life.

  8. "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DCI is a progressive, transparent agency full of young, smart, creative, energetic individuals.
    Great perks; 401k match, excellent bonuses, open book policy, summer Fridays, health and wellness program. Management is always striving to improve work/life environment. They are always reaching out to employees to get their feedback on how to improve the agency. They are “cutting edge”. The open office environment makes for a congenial, energetic, learning atmosphere. Growth opportunities available. Recently hired an HR person which allow employees to speak more openly about any issues they may be incurring.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be challenging for some.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing; being transparent, open to suggestions from employees. One suggestion, would be for Directors and or partners to take employees out for lunch periodically to get their feedback on how to improve DCI. Great company!


  9. "Great Perks, Fun Work and Passionate People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Counsellors International full-time

    Pros

    DCI is hands down the best company I have ever worked for. Working with places is so much fun and my coworkers are among the hardest working, friendliest and passionate group of people I have ever met.

    Even without the perks, this job would be amazing. But with perks like work from home days, summer free fridays, our health and wellness program, DCI pursuits (sushi making class, a cheese and wine class pairing class and will be doing aerial yoga soon), profit sharing and so many other incredible benefits.....I can't imagine any company treating their employees better than DCI does.

    Cons

    At times the workload can be heavy - but that's pretty much standard for any agency. Work life balance is still great compared to any other advertising/pr agency I know of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Continuing the head in the "flexibility" direction helps us do our best work.


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    "Unique Agency"

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

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

    Pros

    DCI is one of the most unique agencies to work for as they specialize in Place Marketing. If you have a passion for destinations, travel and helping improve the economies of cities, states and countries, this is the place for you.

    Unique Growth Opportunities: Yes, there is a formal career path at DCI but if someone has an interest and talent in a specific business area, you can explore growth in this area under the direction of one of the 4 business partners.

    Transparency: this firm is unique with their open book system and the scoreboard. Anyone who comes into the office, client or otherwise, can review the agency's financial goals and breakthrough results. Staffers are granted access once a month to review all incoming revenue sources and outgoing expense line items, followed by a Q&A session with the CFO on why certain expense items exists and etc. The goal is to ultimately instill and shape good financial business habits to the entire agency, not just for Account Directors and Management.

    Ethical: Agencies, especially those that specialize in marketing and PR, can often find ways to twist and deliver bad news to benefit themselves or put blame on the client. DCI is pretty straight forward with clients when something isn't working out and the teams are asked to provide recommendations on what we could do better moving forward.

    Other perks/pros include: Access to partners and executive team, informal but respectful corporate culture, summer Fridays, flexible start times, remote working options, getting to travel the world, social@aboutdci (company hosted happy hours and social events, such as baseball games and such) and sweat@aboutdci (weekly yoga), monthly phone reimbursement, the Game profitability (thank you!), and opportunities for staffers to be involved in the sales pitching process and to benefit from sales wins via the sales incentive bonus system.

    Cons

    Work life balance here is a struggle. Place marketing often includes traveling on weekends and networking on evenings. It definitely is not a career but a lifestyle choice.

    Advice to Management

    1) Foster the development of more specialized account teams. Right now the agency is mainly filled with generalists within the PR services across both divisions. Would be great to get someone on board with broadcast experience!

    2) Put a cap on the number of clients a team can work on because it isn't uncommon for someone to work across 7-10 accounts, which means that 1-2 of the smallest accounts are likely not being serviced appropriately or the person is staying late each night and working on weekends to get their work done.

    3) Invest in more digital resources so the agency can compete better in this space.