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    Current Employee - Senior Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Austin, TX
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    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    So many smart and talented people, the most beautiful offices I've ever worked in, huge focus to grow globally and in the US (opening Charlotte NC East Coast office this year), winning in the marketplace and consistently gathering client assets, unique and ethical business approach with advisors and clients, great brand reputation in the market.

    Cons

    Growing too quickly has had its challenges, co-CEO structure is a bit awkward, wearing suits and ties is a challenge (especially in the Austin Texas summer heat)-although the professional environment is unique these days, internal communication could be better, health benefits and 401K matching could be higher.

    Advice to Management

    Grow more cautiously in case markets or DFA products turn out of favor.


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    Analyst, Investment and Data Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Dimensional Fund Advisors (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    Had two rounds phone interviews before they brought me on site to Austin, TX. The phone interviews were easy and mainly discussed my previous experience in programming, in addition to a few straightforward technical questions in statistics and their Fama French 3 Factor Model. On site interviews still focused a lot on my past experiences (aka resume), and the Fama French Model. I was misled by the phone interviews to believe that this is more of a technical role, so I talked a lot about my coding experiences in C# and SQL, while neglecting to mention my knowledge in Finance (which I didn't have too much). And I think this is an important reason why I failed. Not until after the interviews did I realize that what they want is probably someone with maximize {finance capabilities} subject to {some basic SQL programming skills}, while what I was trying to show during the interview was to max{ programming skills} s.t. {basic financial knowledge}, as I assumed they would agree that finance is not too hard to pick up for CS people. Also they asked me a lot of questions about the projects I did from my internship a year ago, whose details I couldn't clearly recall. So know your resume well. I talked with about 10 interviewers in total (including phone screens), and most of them were nice. But I think they emphasized too much on past RELEVANT experience than seeing the potential of a candidate. Just because someone didn't have as much directly relevant experience doesn't mean he doesn't have the potential to learn fast and do well, especially for entry level roles like this one. :(

    Interview Questions

    • Why Fama French 3 Factor Model?   1 Answer
    • Why not even more variables?   1 Answer
    • What is a left join? (It seemed like a random question)   Answer Question

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Website www.dfaus.com
Headquarters Austin, TX
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1981
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

The added dimension that Dimensional Fund Advisors applies to asset management is that of academia. The fund manager bases its investing strategies on economic theory and research generated within the hallowed halls of such institutions as the University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Founded by chairman David Booth in 1981, Dimensional (also known as DFA) manages about 25 mutual funds utilizing core equity, small-cap, value, and fixed-income investment strategies. The firm ... More

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