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  1. "Contract"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Direct Impact (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are very easy to work with

    Cons

    Very Limited opportunities are available


  2. "Great experiences"

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

    I have been working at Direct Impact (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people who are always there to help out

    Cons

    not any complaints, fantastic culture

  3. "Great culture, clients"

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

    I have been working at Direct Impact full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and solid list of clients

    Cons

    compensation should be a bit more competitive


  4. "Worst mistake of my professional career."

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

    I worked at Direct Impact full-time (More than 3 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 reports' success. Focus is on hitting revenue goals instead of client service.


  5. "Read up!"

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

    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


  6. "Was a good small company"

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    Former Employee - Client Services in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Client Services in Austin, TX

    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


  7. "Lots of room for improvement"

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

    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.

  8. "Communications Specialist"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Direct Impact as a contractor

    Pros

    Good flexibility and the availability to work from home.

    Cons

    No paid time off (no vacation, sick days or holidays) or benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees benefits and paid time time off to ensure less turn over.


  9. "Decent company"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Direct Impact as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, easy to talk to

    Cons

    No benefits, paid time off... when the company goes on mandatory shutdown you do not get compensated at all, you are forced to stay at home and do not get paid.

    Advice to Management

    If you offer your employees a better package you won't have as much of a turnaround.


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

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

    I worked at Direct Impact full-time (More than 5 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 different clients

    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.