Dimensional Fund Advisors Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Cares About Their Employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    It doesn't 2.3 stars for nothing

    • 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Extremely successful company, great people, lots of opportunity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. 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

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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?


  8. 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Decent private firm with a focus on client satisfaction.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros of this company definitely lie with the compensation and benefits. As a private firm they offer above average health insurance and salary; 401(k) match up to 5%, gym reimbursement, great health insurance. Additionally, all the locations of the firm are excellent work locations and they are located and available in all parts of the world, and there is always an opportunity to transfer to any pf the locations.

    Cons

    The cons come mostly if you are not a finance/economic person, basically if you don't buy into the money first culture of a private funds firm, then this might not be the place for you. The culture is definitely money dominated, which for me was always a problem. Also, as the company has expanded, the focus on client satisfaction is also a bit of a problem as it drives the employee satisfaction lower.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Great food! Amazing view! Lots of opportunities for MBA grads from Chicago

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Pros

    A lot of amazing people and great benefits. Opportunity to hear esteemed academics speak. One of the best products in the industry. Gorgeous office. The food is wonderful. Minus the traffic pretty good work/life balance. A lot really depends on your manager.

    Cons

    Opportunities are really limited if you don't have a MBA (for the most part only from Chicago Booth). Slightly sexist environment. Leadership and middle management constantly fight. Not the place if you think out of the box and like improvement. Horrible technology. Changing from a small company to big bank mentality. A lot of the great things are probably going to go as DFA grows. While making a decision to work here think about if you want to go work at black rock bc that's pretty much the direction the culture is going...

    Advice to Management

    Keep the things that make the work culture great and learn to like each other.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Not a good move if you are not in sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful building, good pay, nice perks

    Cons

    No career path if not in sales or research



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