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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced, excellent work-life balance, amazing benefits, family environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredible and good benefits, this helps offset the cons listed below. Employees are very connected on both work and personal levels and work better together because of this. There is very equitable employee management, all employees have a voice.

    Cons

    Raises have been frozen for five years despite a lot of new hires. There has been rapid growth, and it doesn't seem that upper management was prepared to move that fast, so some cracks are showing.

    Advice to Management

    Equitably reward long term employees.


  2. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Developmental Studies Center full-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work, lots of laughter. There is a clear mission there. The hire very smart, humble people who enjoy their work.

    Cons

    Could use more diversity in upper management.
    Projects move very slow.
    Meetings about meetings. Lots of talking and over planning.

    Advice to Management

    More mentorship from upper management. Less favoritism for professional growth. More inclusion in decision making from those who actually do the the work.

  3. "Good People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Developmental Studies Center full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic staff, everyone is driven to work hard but also has a great sense of humor and recognizes the need for a good work/life balance. Recently went through an exciting merger.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments and senior management is totally disconnected from the staff. Currently going through layoffs (merger related?), so moral is a little low right now.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent mission/staff yet disconnect and disparity between departments, between leaders & the rest of organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Developmental Studies Center full-time

    Pros

    Many smart, dedicated and creative people working together with the goal of changing education. Non profit and mission driven, so while money is critical it's not the primary goal. Change and growth for the organization as a whole keeps things hopping and interesting. Potential for improvement (see cons). Flexible schedules and decent benefits. Good location and physical environment.

    Cons

    Staggering pay/benefits stagnation and disparity. Lack of consistently thoughtful, strong leadership that could integrate entire organization--this impacts critical communications, systems, planning, and follow through. Feels like several different companies within one. HR has been weak, weak, weak and is now virtually nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure leaders across the organization understand the role and function of each other's departments. Publicly share these roles and support and recognize contributions across the board. Bring financial planning and understanding into everyone's realm. Promote and support institutional knowledge. Strengthen HR. Make salaries more equitable and true hierarchy more transparent. Implement the stated values of the organization within it as well as when working outside of it.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Developmental Studies Center full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, employee friendly policies, good benefits, nice office space, family atmosphere, convenient location, above average IT department, decent pay for the sector.

    Cons

    A non-profit that is trying to do a little too much with resources at hand which leads to priority conflicts. An organization that is trying to scale up in revenue but the business process changes that are needed are running up against entrenched interests.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Fine if you have no ambition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Developmental Studies Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Familial atmosphere, emphasis on great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Do not take a job here if you have any interest in advancing your career, making more money at any point in your future, or doing anything that involves advancement in any way. It is customary for employees to work here for 5-6 years with no promotion or raises. There is a huge disconnect between the executive team and everyone else....the morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Value your workers. Don't cut corners with them, we are the people that keep the company afloat. No cost of living raise in 6 years - that would be a great place to start.