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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Dell full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
All the basic good Dell stuff generally applies across the company
Decent work/life balance for product groups
Decent pay for most, although merit increases are a joke now. Come in as high as you can because you'll likely be stuck there for awhile!
We'll see what happens with bonuses, this company has become incredibly cheap after going private
Most people in Austin, who have a cube even, still work from home most days of the week
If you are specialized in any given capacity in your career, Dell has many opportunities for you as the company is very silo'd by specialty. Bad if you are more multi-faceted.
Well-known global brand, no one should need an explanation of who Dell is.Cons
Wrong team or bad mgr and you will be miserable. Some are great and laid back, some are tyrants that rule through fear. Most have no business being in mgmt.
Dell is afraid to innovate outside of core platforms (PC, tablets, servers). Pure and simple, innovation does not happen here, as the culture and core product process doesn't support it. Dell buys or partners with companies who do.
Dell is severely top heavy, imagine a pyramid flipped over. There are 4-5 layers of mgmt and execs between you and man at the top if you are a senior IC. More if you're lower level. 3 layers of VPs for all orgs.
The CCC groups have reorged so many times this year, I've lost count. You can imagine how disruptive this is. Avoid this org unless you are coming into PCs or tablets.
Politics run wild here, at all levels. The higher you go the worse it gets which may be expected. People are promoted via who you know and right time right place. Many talented contributors fall into the cracks here.
CCC leadership blows in the wind on what is chosen to invest in or support. We're going one way then no, we're going a different. What we were just told to do before is no longer favored.
LOTS of time wasted running down dark allies that lead nowhere. Loads of throw away work and wasted time. It's incredible.
Literally 2 full teams within the org produce nothing and are never held to account. They simply get to float along for some reason while the talented few actually move the needle.
Every penny is pinched in favor of the business now. Dell has loads of cash but doesn't appear interested in sharing with the employees. Sales are through the roof but our merit raises are 1-2% for the TOP performers.
Even tho we have record profits and cash is rolling in, the mood feels like the shoe could drop at any moment and teams will start getting axed again like last year. Very weird climate right now in CCC.
Dell is a massive cube farm in all buildings, reflective that team members are just numbers on a piece of paper, literally. Everyone in a cube except Michael Dell and his top lieutenants. How managers keep anything safe or private is a serious challenge. You'll probably end up in a tiny cube right next to your boss, no matter what level you come in at. Your VP will be in a cube as well.
PC equipment, email and other IT services are all way behind industry standards. The corporate laptop image is bloated, slow and IT rules with an iron fist unable to be checked. AV scans and reboots when they want. No one can do anything about it!Advice to ManagementAdvice
You seriously need to end the invisible war between ESG and CCC. It feels like Dell could go the way of HP splitting up the way things are now. Bolster the teams that make you money or give them over to ESG where they belong. Competing internally is such a waste of time and energy and makes career progression impossible. No one in ESG respects anyone in CCC.
PICK A STRATEGY AND STICK TO IT!!!! Stop the constant re-orgs and changes because you don't know what you're doing! Re-orging every 3 months does not mean you're nimble and an agent of change. It's completely exhausting and all of your top talent is unhappy planning their next moves. Don't believe me? Wait until April 1 once bonuses have been paid, I predict a mass exodus.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO