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Dell Reviews in Bracknell, England

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
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Pros
  • work life balance; flexible work hours; empowered individual contributors (in 557 reviews)

  • They give you a very nice laptop and dock so you can work from home when needed (in 245 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can become a challenge; frequent reorganizations affect work quality (in 170 reviews)

  • The senior management reporting to Michael is very uneven with a couple of real bozos (in 81 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dell is surprisingly agile company despite incredible weight of diminishing PC legacy.

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Dell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Results oriented, especially in the Enterprise sales. If you are producing you get amazing support from virtual teams. Dell's supply chain, while extremely proprietary and complex, is one of the best in business. Enterprise portfolio rapidly expanding (storage, networking, software) and you can compete with anyone on complex solutions. Unknown to most Dell is leading the public cloud deployments, so is benefiting from both public and hybrid cloud growth. PC business is of course shrinking, yet HP debacle is helping to slow the decline, at least in Enterprise.

    Cons

    Michael Dell is a man with the plan to reinvent his company. Issue is most of middle management never evolved from PC era. Bureaucracy can be suffocating at times. Pressure on numbers is on a week by week basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people - you cannot expect company transformation with best people leaving due to uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Dell Response

    Jan 14, 2015Candidate and Employee Experience Team

    Thanks so much for your balanced review, and glad to hear you had a mostly positive experience working at Dell. We value all of the feedback we receive, and use it to continuously improve our ... More

  2.  

    Great Work-Life Balance, fast moving company
    Pay is pretty good, and benefits are above average.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I have been working at Dell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work from home, which is great for work-life balance.
    Lots of training available, great technology.

    Cons

    Kept being moved from one product to another following various re-orgs.
    Middle Management are moved around a lot, which is not great for stability.
    Hoping that things will calm down now that the company has gone private.
    I found it difficult to navigate the company when looking for new positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce middle management, too many levels.
    Improve internal Career progression.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Dell Response

    Jan 14, 2015Candidate and Employee Experience Team

    Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We value all of the reviews we receive, and will communicate back to our leadership teams. Thank you!

  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Dell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits
    Great company culture
    Great people (mostly)

    Cons

    Always changing - turmoil at times
    Some decisions defy logic. You just have to get on with some things knowing they are wrong and doomed to failure (not sure if this was attempt to manipulate share price, I guess no one knows what the motives were).
    Great flexible working practices
    Fun, rewarding, challenging
    Lost a lot of good (and some great) people (due to constant re-orgs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be smart, don't allow yourselves to lose objectivity when making or evaluating decisions.
    Don't lose your good people, they may go to your competitors (your mission just got harder)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Dell Response

    Dec 10, 2014Candidate and Employee Experience Team

    Thank you for taking the time to share your comments, and good to hear you had a mostly positive experience working at Dell. We value all of the feedback we receive, and use it as we strive to ... More

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  5.  

    Ageing Dinosaur barely holding it together

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Dell full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance. Pay is ok but very average. If you want to spend more time with your family and not work very hard, you've come to the right place.

    Cons

    The company's products are dying a slow death and Executive mgmt has no desire to invest adequately in R&D. Lots of "talk" about innovation but R&D remains shockingly low. Because the products are so weak, margins tend to be razor thin which forces management to focus on OPEX cutting most of the time. Many employees idolise Michael Dell as a visionary. In reality, the last "vision" he had was in his dorm room. I lived with a decade of disappointment and can safely say- this man has no vision. His quote about selling off Apple says it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work life balance is keeping you competitive. The Emporer has no clothes but I wouldnt expect any manager to speak the truth or your career would be over. Kiss up to Michael Dell and his cronies and you'll be ok.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Dell Response

    Oct 23, 2014Candidate and Employee Experience Team

    We value all of the feedback we receive, so thank you for your comments which we will ensure are heard by our leadership team. Dell is continuously changing and evolving as a company and R&D is one ... More

  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I have been working at Dell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary. Great work-life balance. Very supportive management. No micro management. Great talented team to work with

    Cons

    Not many. Too many people reporting on the same sales stats. Sales targets are unrealistic so achieving them is near enough impossible. Also, your number is made up of 100s of accounts. Trying to understand if your achievement is correct and verifying the results is impossible!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I've learnt a lot working for dell, but it's a very unstable environment.

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Dell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is good, the benefits are standard for a full time / perm job and it's flexible.

    Cons

    Job security; it's a very fast changing company and your job can be relocated or eliminated any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to focus more on long term investment and job security; a lot of people feel very uncomfortable and leave Dell because their job is not safe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Dell full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment, great career opportunities, strong corporate social responsibility.

    Cons

    Internal systems should be more integrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate more work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I have been working at Dell full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, so long as you are prepared to work hard as needed!

    Cons

    Systems and processes are amazingly start-up like....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great blue chip environment, good for development up to a point. A lot now centralised from Austin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Dell

    Pros

    Global, renowned brand, big company experience.

    Cons

    Too much comes from the centre, not enough scope for localising appropriately.
    Make headcount decisions according to share price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a long term view on headcount.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Dell

    Pros

    International big brand, looks good on CV

    Cons

    Poor compensation for sales people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    No opinion of CEO

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