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Monotonous, yet a good place for a long termer looking to keep a decent paycheck and a family running.

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Current Employee - Communications Advisor  in  Round Rock, TX
Current Employee - Communications Advisor in Round Rock, TX

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

Pros

The variety of roles - one could go from engineering to marketing to operations within a few years. Setting up 1x1's with people was not difficult and people seem willing to give you insight and network with you.

Cons

Because of the built in processes that come with a company the size of Dell, most of the things you learn end up being Dell-unique unless your purposely seek roles that can build your resume. The con of having a variety of roles is that chances are you will end up being a "jack of all trades, master of none" unless you proactively tailor your roles to a specific niche.

The biggest set back is the mindset of the company. In a world of innovators, such as Apple, Dell has capitalized on execution but hasn't set out to innovate organically. This is why so many acquisitions are being made. The old mindset that the direct order system will always work has led to a negative portfolio shift that is hardware heavy. Now that hardware is a break-even business at best, this is the company's greatest challenge.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the mindset of the company, and cut back the red tape. Encourage innovation and investments in an infrastructure change that will allow Dell to own both the hardware and software dimensions, such as a Linux or open software type OS that uniquely goes with our hardware. Own the customer experience from end to end.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Poor leadership is causing this ship to go down

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Round Rock, TX

    I worked at Dell full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Location - Austin is a great city to live in
    Salary - Is not too bad versus cost of living (something to do with no state tax I guess)
    Work-life balance - working hours were not taxing

    Cons

    Low Morale - regular layoffs and bad performance have reduced the employee morale to zilch. No one takes pride in working for Dell
    Bad Management - most of the middle management has survived simply because they've managed to suck up to seniors, without any regard to their performance or accountability
    Leadership - None of the senior leadership have any idea what to do given the current industry dynamics
    Lack of innovation- Dell made its name by selling stuff cheaper, which in effect, was innovation in supply chain. Nothing of that sort happens anymore. They cut most of their Product Group so no innovation there either. And they come up with lousy products which are obsolete even before they hit the market.
    Bad bosses - I had 2 really bad ones, although you do see good managers now and then

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I've been with Dell for 13 yrs

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    Current Employee - Software Sales  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Sales in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Dell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You have Opportunity to move from one area to another.
    Plenty of chances to learn different jobs.
    If you have good managment job can be great.
    Always changing
    Work life balance
    Work from hm

    Cons

    Too much change can be bad.
    If you have bad managment then job can be difficult.
    Certain processes can be difficult to execute

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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