Dimensional Fund Advisors
2.5 of 5 45 reviews
www.dfaus.com Austin, TX 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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Eduardo A. Repetto

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Used to be an enjoyable place to work, but the morale has gone down quite a bit.

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGood pay and benefits, smart employees, beautiful building facilities, living in Austin

    ConsThis company used to do more internal promotions, but has changed. They have been hiring a lot of external candidates and providing little to no career development for current employees. Since Eduardo took over, the company has been micromanaged from the top down. At all levels, people feel they cannot or do not have the authority to make decisions without his input. Yet he has no background/experience in marketing, management, sales, etc.
    The company monitors who gets to work by 8am and who doesn't. Not that other companies don't, but this company only seems to care about what time you arrive, not that you put in a full day's work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Management I have ever seen

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeers are nice, however they can't keep good people, one year is a long time there.

    ConsToo much politics, Managers don't know how to manage, People come and go

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a Healthy Place to Work

    IT Operations (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsDimensional is financially sound and is not afraid of spending money on Technology (hardware/software). This provided a nice opportunity to learn and keep the IT skillset current. The rank and file are smart and great to work with.

    The money was pretty good, but not enough to compensate for the lousy work environment.

    ConsIT Management is a dysfunctional mess.

    Poor work life, balance. I completely understand that the nature of working on an IT operations team requires putting in a significant amount of after-hours work, but there is often consideration given for that effort. That no longer exists in DFA IT.

    Despite losing a large number of long term, dedicated, smart and talented employees, the HR department has done little to improve the situation.

    Despite the company’s continued, long term financial success, the company continues to invent new ways to reduce the quality of the benefits, charge more for them.

    Finally, there are limited career advancement opportunities, all management and lead positions are filled with buddies of the in place management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing to say that hasn't already been said either on this site or during exit interviews. They haven't listened yet.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The IT department needs a makeover

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsWonderful facility, good compensation. Great for financial types.

    ConsThis company can't keep IT staff. The turnover rate in IT is beyond bad. The infrastructure team has about 30 positions and over 50% of them have quit in the past 12 months. Any project IT tries to do is over complicated and the individual contributors can't do their job because management makes all the decisions. Usually very poor ones at that.

    There are many things wrong with the IT department. Here's just a few:

    1. Poor leadership
    2. Too many managers
    3. Wrong organizational structure
    4. Low moral
    5. Poor vision
    6. Poor planning

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe IT department needs to trim down on the number of managers. Get rid of the terrible middle managers or you will continue to lose talent. Let the individual contributors do the job they are paid to do. Fix the issues or there will be no more IT department in the future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good career move

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsIt is a paycheck that comes at a stiff price.

    ConsThis company has become toxic. IT management consistently shows its incompetence and unwillingness to address the problems. The environment has become unprofessional . I have seen departments self destruct before but never on this scale. 26 people have left within the past 3 months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf it was possible that Upper Management would listen

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Would be a great place to work if not for the uphill battle with management to get things done proper.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsAcademic Culture.
    Decent Compensation and Benefits
    Very nice "green" office.
    Organization has a stated goal and operates by it at significant cost (very rare today).

    ConsDysfunctional senior management.
    Complete lack of accountability my senior management.
    Staff is routinely "thrown under the bus" for situations and decisions that are completely out of their control.
    Politics are a major issue between management & staff, departments and offices. Politics permeates the culture while management is oblivious to its existence.
    HR is utterly ineffective in dealing with the organization's issues.
    Staff's only course of action is to resign.
    Real talent, insight and years of direct experience are not appreciated. It will get your hired but counts for nothing afterwards.
    No one is willing to "rock the boat" in order to fix a blatant issue with another senior manager.
    It can be a challenge to work with highly educated individuals who know much about a narrow field but behave as though they know all about everything, including how best to do your job. It's common fault among PhD's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor senior management, there is a disconnect between the position of responsibility and accountability. How is it that a senior manager can have so many major problems occur over the years that would have been mitigated by effective leadership and never be held accountable while staff routinely takes the fall? There is so much potential that is utterly stifled by inept management.
    It's a disservice to everyone. I estimate that for a specific group within the organization, staff operates at between 30% to 60% of potential as a direct result of poor decisions and lack of leadership by the senior manager. It simply does not have to be. The CEO must correct the real issue of inept senior management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience if you're in a higher role; otherwise, don't even bother

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    Pros- Benefits are fairly decent (healthcare, gym reimbursement)
    - Work hours aren't too bad, particularly for lower level employees
    - Very talented and bright employees

    Cons- POLITICAL - company claims to try to be fair and cares, but it's really a sham. Incredibly biased evaluation of employees. If you're in the "in" crowd with your boss, you are golden. If you aren't, don't even bother expecting anything at all.
    - HR is horrible. They don't do anything and the leadership at the top is SO bad. Higher up VPs take complete advantage of the system and no one will say a word to them.
    - Morale is horrible. Everyone is waiting for the remaining founder to sell the company, so they can cash out and leave. The founder pulled a fast one and moved the company headquarters to Austin from Santa Monica and most people were forced to move because the economy was in shambles and they didn't have the choice. I know first hand that there will be an exodus once the company is sold and all the VPs can dump their shares.

    Advice to Senior Management- Try to treat people with some equality. The CEO has lunch with employees to supposedly learn about people and what the company could improve. Nothing gets done and it's all really for show rather than to learn things.
    - Get rid of the favoritism and implement a non-biased way of evaluating people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Despicable Company - should be shut down

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsIf you are a corporate psychopath you will fit in nicely with the management, who are nasty, pure and simple

    ConsThe best people in this company are either sidelined or pushed out by a nasty little bunch of long time employees. The CEO stands charged of either being unaware of this or else condoning this, either way guilty as charged. If this was a publicly traded company the shareholders would have forced out the current management (globally) a long time ago. Getting rid of the London CEO was a good idea at the time but nothing has changed unfortunately.

    ps: some of the reviews here are positive PR from HR, such as "nice place to work", "great company to work for" etc. I know that for a fact. When a HR department of a company has to revert to writing their own reviews on Glassdoor it's a shocking indictment of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll management from the PhD down just be told to go. This won't happen however due to the incestuous nature of the promotions in the company and the old boys network which rewards a total adoration of the discredited investment philosophy and psycophantic worship of the nasty management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid at all costs

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe pay is high compared to other fund managers
    The office is nice
    Easy to travel to London Office
    Benefits good

    ConsPolitics in the office
    Only sales seen as important
    Cult environment
    Unable to make any decisions unless you are in US
    All heads of department are US
    Would rather employ someone from US than get someone with local knowledge
    Only look after those that they like is definitely a popularity contest
    Low holiday entitlement

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink before you make decisions it will stop the back n forth. Have more faith in employees to make local decisions they have more local knowledge than the head office. Place more value on your employees outside of The US not everything has to be filtered up!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Talent is Stifled by the Poisonous Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you like being part of a Cult, then this is the Nirvana of Cults

    ConsThe Culture is poisonous. How the culture evolved is a bit of a mystery. Some of the very senior people are fine. There are a few bad apples though who instead of being removed, either got promoted or have been left in mid seniority positions. This is in London.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the rotten apples

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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