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Updated January 15, 2019
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Development Dimensions International Chief Executive Officer Tacy Byham
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is a big plus" (in 18 reviews)

  • "The people at DDI really are great people" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "work life balance is an issue in some locations" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Consensus-driven culture results in slow decision making" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Direct support professional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love working with people especially my guys . You encourage them to try in meet they goals in life .You meet different personalities.

    Cons

    The downside of working in the field of being a direct support professional you get beat up .

    Advice to Management

    I’m a positive and outgoing role model . You can definitely depend on me knowing I’ll be there in time


  2. "Happy here"

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    Current Employee - N/A
    Current Employee - N/A
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development, benefits, work-life balance, co-workers.

    Cons

    Rules don't apply to people who complain high enough.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable for following processes and learning new technology if you want to move the levers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Extras instead of $$$"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Summer hours
    Generous vacations
    Some great bosses
    Great people to work with, not necessarily to work for.
    Pay is lower than comparable firms but better vacation and holidays and flexible hours are good.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant in some departments with bad results.
    Too many positions are "part-time temporary" to avoid paying benefits
    Favoritism based on socializing instead of performance for promotions.
    Pay is lower than comparable firms but more paid holidays and time off.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Sad Changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Pros

    Excellent assessment tools. Smart co-workers

    Cons

    Sinking ship for the last few years. Very sad to see it happen to a good brand.

    Advice to Management

    Sell why you still can


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Candidate Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Development Dimensions International part-time

    Pros

    Warm and welcoming colleagues, convenient location, and interesting variety of projects.

    Cons

    Poor top-down communication, no raises, very few performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees. From the low-income, part time temporary employees to full-time management, refraining from endless secrecy is critical to creating a healthy, confident work environment.


  6. Helpful (17)

    "On a Steady Course to Mediocrity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ten years ago, I would have been able to fill this section with "pros", but I'm hard pressed to find any. There are still some people left who are great to work with.

    Cons

    While integrity is a core value, it is not practiced by management. The worst offender is leadership in HR. We sell development, empowerment, and emotional IQ while we practice layoffs and "suggested" buyouts for our long-term partners before layoffs. A tough decision for some is eased by "You always have a place here and can come back when we hire again!" But when the time comes some were told that they are no longer welcome. The bottom line is valued much higher than the workforce. We used to be better than this.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to what made DDI, DDI. People are important. The stagnant, mediocrity that we consider success today is a direct result of dismissing the unstoppable innovation that comes when management appreciates and support their teams. Replacements need made and it starts with managers, not my valued partners that have been asked to leave, pressured to leave, or have become so disenchanted that they leave on their own. We are currently a shell of what I helped to build over the years.

    Development Dimensions International Response

    Aug 1, 2018 – CEO

    Thank you for sharing your experience and perspective. I recognize that you’re feeling angry and that the round of layoffs and voluntary exit packages last year were painful. In DDI’s nearly 50 years... More


  7. "Great people and unheard of autonomy"

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

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Pros

    Management couldn’t be more committed to culture and employees. Have offered paid half days in the summer for years! Best part is the opportunity to work with smart and witty people, as well as the unheard of autonomy (at least in the field),

    Cons

    Pay currently not competitive for sales.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Appreciate the regular video updates

    Development Dimensions International Response

    Aug 1, 2018 – CEO

    I’m thrilled to hear your experience with the culture here. It’s one of our core values to ensure that we offer our associates’ work-life balance, and we’re proud to be able to offer summer hours to... More

  8. "A Great company to work for"

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

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company values the employees contributions .
    Great colleagues.
    Accelerating technology footprint.
    Provides needed independence to get the work done.

    Cons

    possibly some employees are not as aggressive as they should in contributing towards company's growth.

    Development Dimensions International Response

    Aug 1, 2018 – CEO

    We really appreciate your comments. The fact that you feel that you are valued here and have the freedom to do great work means the world to all of us in leadership. I promise that we’ll continue to... More


  9. "loved the company"

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    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Bridgeville, PA
    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Bridgeville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Development Dimensions International part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very professional outlook in corporate

    Cons

    There are a lot of layoffs recently

    Development Dimensions International Response

    May 10, 2018 – CEO

    Thanks for taking the time to review. I’m glad to hear that you feel good about the outlook at corporate. Regarding your comment about layoffs, it is true that we had a round of layoffs about a year... More


  10. "It was a good experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Pros

    This was a good experience with both pros and cons. It was a good balance.

    Cons

    If asked if I would say I would there again.

    Development Dimensions International Response

    May 10, 2018 – CEO

    Thanks so much for your review! Glad to hear you had a positive experience here. -Tacy