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Outside Magazine Selects DCI as One of The Best Places To Work in 2018

 

It is with great pleasure that I announce, once again, Development Counsellors International has been named one of OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Places to Work!

This ranking is such an honor for our agency, not only because it is our third time being included in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work, but because this ranking is a result of a survey of our own staff, conducted by the magazine. I could not be more thrilled that so many members of our staff are inspired by their role as a “place maker,” and thoroughly enjoy being a part of the DCI team.

Our agency puts a tremendous value on our unique company culture, as we believe that a thriving staff results in doing great work for our clients, which is the focal point of everything we do here at DCI. We strive to make sure that all of our employees are working to well serve our clients and uphold our company values, in and outside of work.  Just a few of DCI’s values include….


Be a Knowledge Sponge

With a staff of sixty brilliant, devoted individuals, we take every opportunity possible to learn. Each year, DCI leadership organizes an agency-wide retreat that allows us to connect with staffers from different offices, find inspiration from outside speakers for the upcoming year, and bounce ideas off of each other to best serve our various clients around the globe. We also offer several professional development and training opportunities in order to help our team grow, personally as well as professionally. This includes Edible Bites, periodic relevant presentations by staff members on topics of their choosing, and quarterly professional development sessions organized by our Director of Talent.


Embrace a Passion for Places

As the leader in marketing places, DCI places a significant emphasis on our passion for places. Because we have offices in New York City, Denver, Toronto and Los Angeles, we have a diverse staff and the opportunity to work in diverse places. Once per year, each staff member is provided with a budget to go on an “agency exchange,” during which they choose a different office to visit and work in. Additionally, DCI offers generous vacation time for full-time staff members, and we encourage our colleagues to use their time off to travel and embrace their own passion for places.


Pursue Happiness

We highly value the well-being of our team, and that’s why pursuing happiness is a crucial element of our company values. In order to make sure that our staff maintains a satisfying work/life balance, we allow one “work from wherever” day per week across all of our offices. We also have a Summer Friday program that allows staff members to take every other Friday off during the summer months to enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful cities we are lucky to call home. Not to mention DCI Pursuits, an initiative that provides a budget for group activities, such as fitness classes, hiking, yoga, etc. that create bonds and teach us to work together.  We also value the importance of giving back to our communities, so we organize all-agency DCI Cares days where our teams can volunteer during the week.

 

After 24 years at this agency, I know that DCI is an awesome place to work, and clearly I’m not alone! See the article here to find out more about why Outside Magazine once again honored us as a best place to work.

 

Written By

Julie Curtin

Julie Curtin is President of DCI's Economic Development practice. Since joining DCI in 1994, Julie has overseen marketing strategy, design and implementation for dozens of communities around the globe. While servicing clients is her priority, she also spends untold hours thinking about how to make DCI a better place to work, learn and grow!

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