Dimensional Fund Advisors Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Worst management

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    there are no pros working in this company if you are looking for doing something meanful

    Cons

    No management at all. Lots of backstabbing

    Advice to Management

    Please be professional!


  2. Helpful (14)

    DFA

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, if in sales quality of life pretty good. In other dept PM, Research it is horrible

    Cons

    Complete disconnect on who does the work and who gets rewarded. Everything is sales driven. Can't sell, don't bother coming in. Comp well below market. Mass exodus already starting as upper management benchmarks raises at 1-2% as the firm is growing 15-20% in revenue and profits per year


  3. Pros and Cons

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great facilities, clever people, solid continued growth of the company, great investment philisophy

    Cons

    Silo mentality, small-company drawbacks, career path


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great state of the art facilities. Update with all the technology. -Everyone in the client services group is a people person (These are sales guys) -Free drinks and coffee

    Cons

    -Management is horrible and do no treat some of their employees right. This was multiple managers -There are tons of favoritism. -Culture is much different from Austin to Santa Monica Office. -There was a clear HR violation in regards to pay and VP said it was just how it is. HR found out and there were no violations said.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intellectual stimulation, smart people, great office locations.

    Cons

    If you don't buy into the investment philosophy then you're in the wrong place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on investing in your employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Cares About Their Employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlike many organizations, this one considers their employees to be a family. They nurture you and reward you. The only reason I left is due to the fact that they moved their headquarters out of state.

    Cons

    They moved out of state.

    Advice to Management

    Make certain that the baton is passed as new people/management joins the firm keep up the core values of the organization.


  8. Helpful (6)

    It doesn't 2.3 stars for nothing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Base pay is higher than industry average. Great Austin office with free soft drinks.

    Cons

    You pay for that higher salary. The culture is one of finger pointing and CYA. Toxic with a high turn over rate.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company already and let professional manage it.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Extremely successful company, great people, lots of opportunity.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are so many intelligent people in one place, lots of people to learn from. The company really cares about its employees. The benefits are great, there are lots of activities throughout the year that are fun and over-the-top (holiday party). The office is exquisite, the people are great. My team had a great attitude, and everyone seems to be hard working but never too stressed. The work-life balance is good, they never require you to stay over-time and there are always enough people so that no one is over worked. The cafeteria is by far the best in town. Pay is high and fair, the training is really thorough. There are many training and learning opportunities throughout the year where you can participate during your work day to further your education in the field. These are great to take advantage of.

    Cons

    There is little cross-over between departments. Sometimes as a worker in one department you feel closed off from the since they are on different floors. It does make for a close team, though.

    Advice to Management

    There could be a better tracking system for good work, so that more great projects can be recognized. There is little cross-over between departments. It would be beneficial to try and get them working together more to ensure that everything runs seamlessly.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Great if you're a Chicago MBA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A percentage of your annual salary went into a bonus and the rest into your DFA 401k, which was very nice. But 3% of $18,000 ain't much. I didn't have a degree and worked my way up (a tiny bit) from a bagel toaster technician and coffee maker to the mail room to a very junior Marketing position. I asked a lot of questions and learned an awful lot about asset allocation and diversification. Plus I had access to a lot of software that I learned and took to my future jobs. The experience helped me a great deal.

    Cons

    Academic is putting it lightly. Unless you had an MBA from that school without a football team, your only other way in was through fall-back choices like Harvard, Yale, etc. Many undergrads I worked with acted as if getting hired meant their work in life was over and they were semi-retired. And management let them get away with it. Not wearing a necktie was looked upon as if I'd joined ISIS, even though I never, ever met a client. Some PMs were patient and helped me learn, others were NASA-types and acted like I was scum. Be prepared for endless gym talk and frat boy mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Austin? Really?


  11. Helpful (4)

    knowing yourself first!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    a typical financial company, it's easy to find your place here if you have: 1) connection to the top in this company; whether through personal or suck up to the top 2) ability to bring in money

    Cons

    you will have hard time understanding company's decisions if : 1) you do not understand money 2) you do not want to participate in the game

    Advice to Management

    the business model is good and the privileged deserve to be rich and successful here. A lot of people you hired locally lack of the exposures to shadyness compared to people from NYC, the naiveness of employees are the risk to manage to reduce turnovers. After all, this is a serious money business.



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