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"B&D is a great place for experience, resume and exposure"

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Current Employee - Project Analyst in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Project Analyst in Washington, DC
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Pros

B&D is a great place to work in that there is less stratification between employment levels here than anywhere else that I have ever worked. Additionally, the company provides more exposure for its employees than almost any job that I have heard of. Even recently hired employees are interfacing with college and university presidents, CFOs, provosts, directors of housing/recreation, owners, etc. B&D has emerged as one of the leaders in the consulting and program management for higher education institutions, giving immediate legitimacy as soon as you begin working. There is a great society of sharing information and working together to solve complex problems. There is no barrier to walking into the President's or CEO's office and asking questions about how the company is run, or why a particular decision has been made.

Cons

B&D is viewed by many as a "sink-or-swim" business model. The demand on people to constantly think critically puts its employees in a position that most are not used to. I personally do not see this as a downside, but many do. One downside is that the salaries are not very competitive when broken down into hourly rates (because the hours are relatively long), but there is always potential for bonuses. Bonuses are distributed quarterly, which is nice, but are always later than promised. Bonuses also range anywhere from 10% to 70% of the base salary, but are not guaranteed. Another drawback is that some of the Project Executives are more involved than others in directing its employees and providing feedback on work. Those working for one executive may have a completely different experience than others.

Advice to Management

Recruiting from more varied places will provide you the ability to expand more effectively. Go out and find the best and brightest. Do more work at the premiere colleges and universities in the country and your payback will be more than worth it. The smarter and more apt to critically think, the better the employee is. Let the college admission process do most of the legwork for you. You have a better chance of finding a good employee from a great school than finding the diamond in the rough from a mediocre college.

Other Employee Reviews for Brailsford & Dunlavey

  1. "Great place for a long-term career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Brailsford & Dunlavey full-time

    Pros

    B&D provides opportunities to excel at your job, make a difference, and improve the lives of our clients. B&D's work and approach is more than managing capital projects; it is changing, for the better, our clients futures. As an employee, you are encouraged, supported and developed to go as far as you want to within the company.

    Cons

    Doing what we do, in the way that we do it, takes a lot of time. The company is actively addressing Work-Life balance. While not a "con" it does need to be a consideration.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing, keep caring about your employees and your clients.


  2. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brailsford & Dunlavey full-time

    Pros

    -Good people
    -Ability to work from home if necessary
    -Client exposure even in entry-level positions
    -Great resume builder and exposure to other aspects of the industry

    Cons

    -Base salary is really all you get (bonus program isn't guaranteed and rarely comes to fruition)
    -Internally disorganized
    -Overwork employees
    -Promotion based on profitability not work quality

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