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Good place to work, still needs to find out where it is going

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Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

I worked at Dell

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good pay, great people respect from customers. There are a lot of benefits in working for Dell. The travel, perks, etc. Generally well respected within the industry. It has gotten better once ASAP, Everdream, Silverback, etc were acquired...broadens our portfolio. Pay is good

Cons

Beaurocracy is smothering. Hard to get every one in different segments onto the same philosophical page. People were great socially, but a lot of red tape, sniping, back stabbing which was counter productive. Definitely need to grow through acquisition which has begun, but every time you think a "new" Dell is emerging, they revert to the same old 13 week transactional thought process

Advice to Management

Think more strategically and less in 13 week increments

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    Employee friendly doe snot apply here

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Dell

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

    Pros

    Pay - until recently. Understandably bonus and stock option reductions have taken a toll this past year threatening the only positive left at this company.

    Cons

    Job security is nil. As an employee you need to navigate the mine field to avoid layoffs, outsourcing, and the ongoing migration of jobs to low cost locations. Rolling layoffs are a way of life - in any given week there are layoffs somewhere at Dell.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better way. Respect and loyalty are as low as I have ever seen. As the stock option and bonus bonanza dries up and the job market improves Dell may find it difficult to find good employees. Everyone working at Dell knows (and sees) that no one at Dell is ever "safe" regardless of who you are or what you do. Change the environment - it will backfire at some point.


  2. Welcome to the machine

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Dell

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very recognizable name brand company. Definitely good people in lots of places throughout the company, from top to bottom. Pay and bonuses have been competitive in my experience.

    Cons

    Dell is a huge company and it's not easy to "move the needle" in any appreciable way as an individual contributor, particularly if you don't happen to work in Round Rock. The company infrastructure is quite cumbersome and the overhead of processes for expense reports, reviews, etc. is very high. In many ways it doesn't feel like a cohesive whole moving towards a common goal as company structure and product emphasis has changed often during my time, and the touch points to other job functions are often silo-ed.

    Advice to Management

    Cost-cutting and company focus at a high level seems to be effective. In some key places, Dell could benefit from a product development structure focused around a product or project, rather than distributed across a functionally-based organization. Corporate attention span needs to be higher, and there should be fewer barriers between groups.


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