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Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
3,619 Reviews

3.3
3,619 Reviews
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Dell Chairman and CEO Michael S. Dell
Michael S. Dell
2,235 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance; flexible work hours; empowered individual contributors (in 468 reviews)

  • They give you a very nice laptop and dock so you can work from home when needed (in 158 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can become a challenge; frequent reorganizations affect work quality (in 146 reviews)

  • The senior management reporting to Michael is very uneven with a couple of real bozos (in 75 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Software Engineer at Dell

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Advisor  in  Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Advisor in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

    Pros

    Career Opportunities, Multi Cultural Environment, Daily Challenges.

    Cons

    Working too many hours, lack of new technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Interface Developer IV  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Interface Developer IV in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Benefits
    Career progression
    Work life balance
    Salary
    work culture

    Cons

    Big organisation issues like finding apporpriate information for career developemnt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No complains

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company to develop knowledge and experience in business transformation

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant (Operations)  in  Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant (Operations) in Round Rock, TX

    Pros

    Desire to succeed as a company is strong with multiple avenues for learning. Most of the executive management team is well experienced in the industry while at Dell and with external companies. The people you were with on a day to day basis are intelligent and enjoyable to work with. Compensation is on par with a large company and the support provided by the company infrastructure on average is good.

    Cons

    Dell is continuing to transform itself into a software/solutions company. The reputation in the local area is, Dell is a meat grinder with long hours and over-burdening workloads. Much of this is reputation is the result of inefficiencies in the processes and the acceptance for average tools. It's easy to be part of the processes which perpetuate this image. Unlike many of my peers, I believe my time and efforts resulted in valuable results in a manageable schedule (working smarter, not harder).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management levels are highly diversified with many of your executive leaders coming from outside Dell while nearly all of your first line managers are long-time Dell employees. At a management level you should be willing to push the envelope and not conform to all strategies. For the betterment of the company, more managers at Dell should be willing to "buck" the current models and demand the right change for the right reasons. Dell has excellent tools to help managers manage their business and their teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow, just don't plan on getting promoted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Rock, TX

    Pros

    There is literally a job for everyone at Dell. Every job imaginable is done somewhere within the company.

    Cons

    Dell cannot find a way to allow employees to move from position to position within the company. It's far easier to lay them off or too convenient to allow them to leave and hire off the street (often previous Dell employees) than it is to allow them to move from one department to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the waterfall and require movement from entry level positions to more senior ones to retain talent. Your failure is in allowing HSB to hold onto talent and keeping employees from moving around.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding

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    Former Employee - Alliances  in  Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Alliances in Round Rock, TX

    Pros

    Great teams, corporate vision and strategy. There is uncertainty at times and you have to deal with ambiguous direction at times, however this will give you the opportunity to separate yourself from everyone else.

    Cons

    I'm a little "Old School" and do not like to work from home, however, this is the direction of the company is to have their employees remote. I believe stronger collaboration occurs in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on the direction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Employer

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    Pros

    Offers ongoing employee online training within your career path
    Listens and takes action on employee survey concerns

    Cons

    Annual increase percentage can be small, depending on division

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of over restrictive bell curve-- truly base increases on employee performance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work life balance, flexible with roles

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Rock, TX

    Pros

    Best work life balance among tech companies today
    You can move roles every 18 months
    Meritocracy upto a point
    They pay really well for Texas

    Cons

    Constant fears of layoffs
    Frequent reorgs
    Growth beyond a point is hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Dell Response

    Aug 18, 2014Candidate & Employee Experience Team

    Thanks so much for your constructive feedback! We will take this feedback into consideration!

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance promoted within the larger organization as well as all business arms.
    - 5% matching 401k
    - Immediately vested
    - A great place to learn and expand one's career
    - Great individuals to work with
    - Management style systematically avoids micromanagement
    - Consulting opportunities allow for further understanding of various business models by working with external customers

    Cons

    - Pay scale is lower in low to medium level management compared with industry
    - Sales positions have been faced with tougher quotas progressively, especially in light of improving generated revenues
    - Organizational landscape has been in a state of ongoing flux due to change to private ownership
    - Organizational model has never established a footing in a particular model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Revenue alignment in services leads to frequent internal misalignment of priorities between account management and practice management
    - Heavy emphasis on tools has deflated emphasis on consulting to customers' real needs and business objectives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dell

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Great people, Michael is a true entrepreneur and there is always room to grow

    Cons

    Work life balance is satisfactory, however could stand some improvements and promotions could come a little quicker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real from the top down. Build that TRUST.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at overall, even for a contractor

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good resources to get your job done
    People are great at Aliso Viejo office
    Nice facilities, free coffee!
    Approachable and responsive management
    Exciting projects to work on
    Plenty of room to grow

    Cons

    Nothing bad really except that contractors don't get to enjoy the same benefits of working from home as FTEs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Dell Response

    Aug 12, 2014Candidate and Employee Experience Team

    Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to hear that our team members in Aliso Viejo are happy (and not to mention get free coffee!) Your comments are appreciated and we will share with our ... More

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