DRT Strategies Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
DRT is one of America’s fastest growing technology and strategy companies differentiated by its high-performance culture and solutions that matter most to today’s agencies.
A former employee said this in a review “Working at DRT is dependent on what client site you work at. Management at headquarters have the ability to bypass the rules for different people and when informed feel it is more important to support management's decisions instead of doing what is right for the employees. Employees are afraid to be honest about their challenges with management because they are concerned about losing their job. Good people have left to find better jobs because the benefits of working for DRT do not outweigh the problems. Mental harassment, verbal abuse are things that can be expected when you do not agree with the actions taken by management."
Management Consultant (Current Employee) says"A company with C-suite execs that fail to understand and recognize the talents of their own employees. , preference is given to those who suck up to their bosses, company has a toxic work environment, which is why this org has a high turnover, they cannot retain good talent."
Associate II (Former Employee) says"Bullies and bad behavior abound in this place! Believe every negative review and never ever work at this place. DC is full of good workplaces and this is a place full of backstabbing and terrible repulsive workers and especially the managers. Cons: Everything"
Sr IT Associate (Former Employee) says"Never seen this kind of management, every manager is max non technical, and all are work for their survival. Worst Dumbest managers are working for this company. Cons: No pros .. all cons.. worst company with poor technical managers"
Anon (Former Employee) says"Managers come late but leave early from client sites Cons: bullies, gossip, and politics in the office"
Former Supervisor (Former Employee) says"The culture is unbelievably toxic back stabbing and unethical. I was hired to run a team only to get there and be berated by incompetent boss who got her kicks off bullying and berating me and others The worst was when she berated me for not returning to work after attending a funeral for a dear friends 16 year old son who died tragically in a car accident. Apparently a tragic death wasn't a good enough excuse for missing work that day."
Consultant (Current Employee) says"Working at this company is dependent on what client site you work at. Management at headquarters have the ability to bypass the rules for different people and when informed feel it is more important to support management's decisions instead of doing what is right for the employees. Employees are afraid to be honest about their challenges with management because they are concerned about losing their job."
Business Analyst II (Current Employee) says"Currently, I am working in as a mid-level BA and that is great, however the environment is hostile and my co-worker is a bully and does not filter her words. Cons: No bonuses"
SENIOR MANAGER (CONSULTANT) says"Great place for new college grads. Company is average at best. As a certified 8a WOSB, they have a steady supply of government set-asides, for which they can over bill the government. Senior management is completely useless. Cons: Poor management, lack of vision for growth"
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) says"ANYONE can be hired to work for this company. They do not check references, past places of employment, or education. Cons: Hiring, Promotions, People, Work"
Consultant (Current Employee) says"Fun company with many activities and opportunities to contribute ideas; limited vertical advancement; awesome culture and much diversity; very collaboratively and forward thinking organization. Cons: Advancement Opportunities"
Project Manager (Current Employee) says"I have worked at DRT for 2 years. They hav had high turnover in the executive suite, as well manager positions. This has affected business development, as well as the Employee growth/promotion cycle and assessment criteria."
Senior Recruiter (Current Employee) says"DRT is a small but growing company and is still working out processes to improve the work experience. I believe the new processes will improve the hiring and work experience for everyone."
Former Employee - Associate says"I worked at DRT Strategies full-time for more than a year Cons: Low pay- my friends at other firms doing the exact same job are making nearly twice as much starting out. We have the exact same experience and were all hired in the same 6 months. Salary was also non-negotiable and I was told if I wanted to negotiate they’d give the job to someone else. Management is one giant clique that only cares about themselves. My manager often took credit for my work and the work of others on my team to advance themself. I was also frequently asked to work 80 hours a week and only allowed to bill 40 hours per week. I was asked to work late at night or on vacation then reprimand for it and told I “wasn’t on that level yet”. Which just implies to me, the more I advanced with the company, the less respect for work life balance they provide. The annual review process is set up to prevent promotions and keep them from having to give raises. The two years I worked there, I wasn’t even provided a cost of living adjustment, even though individual living expenses in DC averaged over half my monthly salary (with multiple roommates!). You’re also not eligible for any raises or promotions until your second review cycle if you’re hired after May. So if you’re coming right out of college, you’ll be there for almost two years before you can get a raise or promotion, since the review cycle is February-April. No financial assistance was provided during the 5 week government shut down and in order to get paid you were expected to use your PTO, if you had none you had to take leave without pay."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time for more than a year Cons: It's like going back to elementary school,but for adults. Grown men, who talk about women like objects. Women non-supporting women. Men see bad behavior and don't report it. Which is truly sad. The non-reflection of the culture, values, are clear dedicated to workforce of DRT. They have a high tolerance policy for many of bad behaviors. (Cursing, and taking long breaks on client site). Continuously bothering people,who no longer are there, by calling them and bullying them. Employees calling and hearing, whether you were terminated through gossip. This is not the way to conduct business. HR even asks employees to update their status on social media from the time you started and when you leave. They do not appreciate each person as an individual. (If they did, why are people working overtime and not getting paid for it? They do not stress teamwork, information sharing, and collaboration. (It's considered inappropriate. Additionally, in a meeting you can hear your senior manager, sigh loudly at your ideas and progress) They do not invest in employee's continuous learning and professional growth. (This takes away from being overworked) The high ethical and performance standards; and they ask their employees to embrace the same. (Nope, expect to have everyone's nose in your business) Apparently, you are not allowed to have your own personal space and time away from work. Management "You don't have anything going on that day". Other snide remarks from managers talking in front of there own employees and threatening them about losing there job."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at DRT Strategies full-time Cons: Horrible with work life balance"
Former Employee - Business Analyst says"I worked at DRT Strategies full-time for more than 3 years Cons: No job security, culture of gossip, backstabbing, second guessing, poor management No wonder they are losing government contracts Because of chaotic performances by negative employees"
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at DRT Strategies full-time for more than a year Cons: This company is a disgrace. Do not ever join here! Every person you talk to at the hiring phase asks like its the best company. It is not, they treat their people awfully. They lie, bully, and backstab. They talk about their clients and other workers poorly. This is not a good place to start or even end your career in contracting. HR is a complete joke and enables bad behavior. They hire the most incompetent micromanagers who belittle their own employees."
Former Employee - Senior Manager says"I worked at DRT Strategies full-time for less than a year Cons: Nepotism, back stabbing culture. Executive leadership in certain areas are not qualified or competent to be in such a position and are only there due to the CEO's college ties. This is absolutely the wrong way to run a company as their inexperience and lack of professionalism shows. When confronted with real gov con compliance issues the standard reply is to ignore and treat you as a "know it all" because you have more knowledge than the leadership. Many times issues were raised and nothing came of it only retribution for bringing it up."
says"I worked at DRT Strategies Cons: These people are a complete waste of time. Worst on-boarding experience I have ever experienced. Project managers are also terrible, incredibly rude and will hang up the phone on you when asking for information. Overall communication here between HR and employees is terrible."
Former Employee - Expert Consultant says"I worked at DRT Strategies full-time for less than a year Cons: A recurring theme of these reviews is “cliques”. While I would not personally use that term, I agree with the premise. Examples are-- I was frequently left out of conversations relevant to the work I am responsible for completing; All customer interaction was filtered through a handful of team members; Emails to my team lead frequently went unanswered even after being sent multiple times; I did not have an opportunity to contribute to the success of the project despite repeatedly asking if there is anything I can do to help the team. There is little job security at DRT and in my short tenure I witnessed layoffs while the company simultaneously hired new people. DRT takes a “revolving door” approach to growth, and has difficulty retaining people long term. It is easier to leave the company then to find another project internally."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time Cons: The CEO displays lack integrity and surrounds herself with friends and family who are not qualified. They created a new headquarters office, but it is only a façade as the same toxic work environment remains. If you have a good manager who is “in” you’re in good shape. Otherwise, forget about it."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at DRT Strategies full-time for less than a year Cons: This group (senior leadership) presents themselves as an empowering force for professionals to contribute, collaborate and bring innovation. According to them, they only hire the "110% DRTer". That translates to "we will only listen if it is exactly what we are already doing". They speak poorly of each other (senior leaders and HR) behind their backs and this all happened on my first day. They created a position, courted me for weeks, asked me not to accept another offer until another principal could return, made the offer and two weeks later decided they were not ready for a position at this level so they are eliminating it. In my interview (4 separate leaders) they all gave solid justification for why now was the time for this new role (HUGE sales pitch carefully coordinated). In the two weeks I was there, top leadership (who constantly whisper about the "sorority sister" relationship between two of the principals shares that she doesn't want to work there anymore and it became painfully obvious that my job was to be the agreeable sounding board. So the picture painted for me in my interview was just one big lie. Miserable doesn't even come close. When I was unwilling to sit for another hour and listen (since I had been hired to do a job) and politely excused myself, the passive aggressive retaliation began. This individual became instantly angry when in a meeting I made a few suggestions and they were applauded (doing what I was hired to do). I was later told that she had been making the same suggestions for months while holding down my department and her own and no one ever acknowledged her ideas. This made the nit-picking all the more aggressive. No amount of support and acknowledgement placated this bitter "professional". So when I was summarily dismissed after two weeks I was not in the least surprised when I was told they were "eliminating" the position after "careful consideration". Of course this is after the months of "careful consideration" given as to why this position was critical to their growth as a "player" in the new category of business they were now a part of. They did me a huge favor and I am relieved that only two weeks of my life was affected. This place is a cesspool of gossip, back-biting and negativity, cloaked in cheesy grins and "girls run the world" banners (figurative). I have to say that the other employees I came in contact with were pleasant, helpful and competent. Hopefully, they won't get on the bad side of the wrong individuals. Another interesting factoid: The position they eliminated has been filled with someone who views my LinkedIn profile regularly. Someone should tell them that LinkedIn notifies and identifies who's viewing you."
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