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  1. "Great experiences"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Direct Impact for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful people who are always there to help out

    Cons

    not any complaints, fantastic culture

    Direct Impact2015-07-24
  2. "Contract"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Direct Impact for more than 6 years

    Pros

    They are very easy to work with

    Cons

    Very Limited opportunities are available

    Direct Impact2016-10-20
  3. "Great culture, clients"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Direct Impact full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great culture and solid list of clients

    Cons

    compensation should be a bit more competitive

    Direct Impact2015-05-13
  4. "Worst mistake of my professional career."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Direct Impact full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Relatively flexible in terms of telecommuting, coworkers are generally pleasant, good benefits from being part of the larger Burson-Marsteller/WPP world.

    Cons

    Despite marketing itself as a small firm, DI is still part of the giant Burson/WPP bureaucracy and functions as such. The work is strictly managing field teams, which means you're tied to a desk and conference calls all day and not much creativity involved if you're interested in other facets of public affairs/public relations. The annual review process is confusing and managers are generally indifferent to their direct...

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    Direct Impact2014-10-02
  5. "Direct Impact has it's positive and negative qualities, but mostly negative"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Direct Impact full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Interesting work Good connections through their field network Flexible work schedule Casual environment Most staffers are personable and friendly Don't have to bill time in incremental periods, which is a huge plus

    Cons

    Severe lack of communication between senior management and rest of the staff Extremely high turnover Senior management is very cliquey, plays favorites and tends to speak behind junior staffers backs Very little opportunity for growth especially if you are a woman CEO is often absent from the office and not friendly/personable Not very much "outside the box" thinking -- often use the same recycled techniques for...

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    Advice to Management

    Start communicating with your employees and realize that workplace moral is down. The rapid turnover is not normal -- it is symptomatic of your leadership. Stop playing favorites and realize that all your employees have something valuable to contribute to the company, if you let them.

    Direct Impact2013-03-21
  6. "Read up!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Direct Impact

    Pros

    Good job if your in college looking for basic office experience to gain more experience

    Cons

    No benefits, high turnover rate, and lack of communication between management and the hourly workers.

    Advice to Management

    Offer basic benefits to the employees the moral would increase

    Direct Impact2010-10-14
  7. "Was a good small company"

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    Former Employee - Client Services in Austin, TX

    I worked at Direct Impact

    Pros

    small company, nice people too bad company was sold

    Cons

    company was sold, no longer the same small privately held company

    Advice to Management

    The good sr. mgmt is no longer there

    Direct Impact2010-08-28
  8. "Lots of room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Field Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Direct Impact

    Pros

    The people made this experience tolerable. Lots of diverse clients and projects kept work interesting. Great way to make connections to individuals in all 50 states.

    Cons

    Leadership is the biggest challenge to this organization. 3 CEO's in just under a year and a half. Company had 56 when I started and was down to 17 when I left. Just a awful leadership team

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your staff to serve both sides of the aisle. Provide benefits and leave policies that encourage employees to remain part of your team.

    Direct Impact2010-01-03
  9. "So so experience"

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    Former Employee -  in

    I worked at Direct Impact

    Pros

    -some employees have been there for years and are very knowledgable (but can get too comfortable and somewhat complacent) -generally decent clients -good connections with field teams in all 50 states -decent entry level job -casual work environment

    Cons

    -no longer has good senior management -since some employees have been there for years the same approach is used for a lot of clients; not a lot of thinking outside the box for creative solutions -high turnover -bad morale -lack of communication between senior management and the rest of the staff

    Direct Impact2012-09-26
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized management"

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    I worked at Direct Impact

    Pros

    Good clients, good staff. Nice office and good working enviornment. More casual atmosphere. Fair compensation. Happy hours. Good stepping stone within a career, but not a long term option for most.

    Cons

    Disorganized management style, often causing fear/dissatisfaction with emploees. Lack of communication. Old boys club mentality and lack of promotions based on merit. Very little growth opportunity within the company. Good luck moving up if you weren't a Bush staffer. High turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Reward good work, don't only promote/hire based on personality. Try to communicate with employees about things they care about more regularly, not just client work updates.

    Direct Impact2011-01-04
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