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Orangutan Conservation Services Program - USAID

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Development Alternatives as a contractor

Pros

God teamwork and warm working environment

Cons

Working with multistakeholder network for the program

Recommends

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    A decent place to learn about international development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Development Alternatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fairly reputable within the international development field specifically in the sectors of enterprise development and crisis stabilization. Employee-owned. Large international presence.

    Cons

    Base salaries for junior and mid-level professionals is low. Client portfolio is to US government (read: USAID) centric. Recently went through a round of significant lay-offs mid-2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity client portfolio. Provide more skills-based training to staff. Improve talent retention program. Provide incentives to junior staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good middle managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bethesda, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD (US)

    I have been working at Development Alternatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Your middle managers will get the most out of you, expect a lot and help you develop professionally. Most of the staff are committed, smart and very interesting people. Interesting corporate strategy.

    Cons

    Senior managers/directors and C-levels lack strong corporate communication skills. Often big decisions relevant to the entire business would be floated out and never followed up on. Benefits were not explained very well to me (heard similar complaints).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes it pays to get down to brass tacks on certain issues rather than kicking the can around for a period of months.

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