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Development Dimensions International Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • I believe the company truly does care about it's people and as a result, work/life balance is great (in 14 reviews)

  • My favorite thing about working at DDI actually was the opportunity to advance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • no work-life balance anymore despite it's one of our values) (in 6 reviews)

  • Neither senior leadership nor HR stepped in to see if there was a better solution (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Growth - Growth - Growth"

    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 Dimensions International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Organization lives the values
    Strong collaboration
    Plenty of opportunities to provide value
    Whether you are a leader or not - you have a voice

    Cons

    Need for more rigorous debate
    Stronger accountability across peer groups can be an enabler
    Technology enablement in business systems will be a huge driver for organizational efficiency

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build momentum for change!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Do a great job of growing and developing talent

    Cons

    Non-pittsburgh locations isolated from central management

    Advice to Management

    Continue developing new talent, but allot more resources and attention to branch offices


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Shuffling the chairs on the Titanic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a place you could be proud to be part of.

    Cons

    The ageing stale senior leadership pays lip service to its own use of the talent management and succession advice it provides to companies.

    Advice to Management

    Time for fresh leadership, not an ageing dynasty.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to grow and get new experiences. Great colleagues, very collaborative.

    Cons

    Comp/benefits okay but not great.

    Advice to Management

    Improve accountability and follow-through. Ensure sufficient resources.


  5. "Great atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Bridgeville, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance is great!

    Cons

    There really aren't any Con's, very good company to work for

    Advice to Management

    allow for easier professional growth


  6. Helpful (12)

    "OK if you drink the Kool-Aid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Pros

    Fellow employees are smart and friendly. Employees have access to some very good technology and resources, so working at DDI can be a great learning experience. For a private company, management is surprisingly open about financials and plans.

    Cons

    Have you have worked for a company and mocked the stupid and worthless yearly personal review process? The one that has no real relation to your job and that is completed with responses you hope make your bosses happy and cause you the least amount of grief?

    Now imagine working for a company run by the people who created that process.

    That's DDI.

    Management constantly advertises how DDI is the best at everything. Things are done the DDI way. Many employees enthusiastically buy into this, creating a cult like feeling. Very cliquey. Promotions and raises rarely based on performance or merit. Opposing views are not welcome. Management asks for a lot and gives back very little. Way behind the times when it comes to raises and benefits. Overall product portfolio and business model seems outdated.

    Almost all of the top innovators and performers I knew during my time there are now gone. Not very good for a company who claims to be a leader at talent retention.

    Advice to Management

    Get some new blood in top level management fast.


  7. "Strategic Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Executive in Pitts, PA
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Executive in Pitts, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of accountability and customer focus

    Cons

    growing pains for international clients and global projects

    Advice to Management

    continue with speed to market


  8. "A breath of fresh air; simply a GREAT place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    First, I have been at DDI for 4 months. From the get-go I have been amazed at how everyone exemplifies what DDI calls "Key Principles." The principles are hung on signage throughout the building, they come on coffee mugs you get as a new hire, they are everywhere. The key principles talk about maintaining others' self esteem, having empathy, collaborating, sharing thoughts & feelings, and providing support; what's most amazing though, is that everyone actually carries them out.

    DDI truly cares about their employees. Management has created a culture very concerned with work-life balance, maintaining good health, and developing professionally. I simply never knew such a place existed and I'm very thankful to work here.

    Cons

    I am not aware of any cons yet.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Very structured company with solutions. Unclear career paths for individuals. Very political."

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

    I worked at Development Dimensions International full-time

    Pros

    Company invests in training for new consultants. Very structured. Very smart colleagues. Solution groups and consultants assessmbled based on client needs.

    Cons

    Very political - an employee who manages upwards tends to do better. Senior management seems to have a few 'pet' favorites - who may not be the best managers/leaders. Same for these managers with their staff.

    Lack of coaching/development. Not practicing what is preached.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and objective. Invest in your employees' growth through your own coaching efforts, not making judgments based on hearsay.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with great people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture - based on teamwork, constructive feedback, continuous improvement and a focus on personal development. There are lots of examples of associates who have left to work elsewhere, only to return later realizing what they missed. There are many opportunities to grow personally and professionally. This place practices what it preaches.

    Cons

    The travel can get a bit tedious and there are times when you have to put in some long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Continue your focus on innovation and pushing decision making down into the ranks.


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