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A decade of lessons learned

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Various  in  Round Rock, TX
Former Employee - Various in Round Rock, TX

I worked at Dell full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Amazing depth of problems with near limitless complexity.
Very good opportunities to work with dynamic teams solving large problems.
Good management with tech-focus--in Texas; foundation for Austin tech-boom.
Willing to recognize talent and allow internal promotion if you seek it.

Cons

Tons of layoffs drove fear into the equation making everyone unhappy--you never knew if you were next.
Kevin Rollins as the CEO made some mistakes that drove negative growth and layoffs.
Very large sprawling HQ campus with poor facilities planning--good for walking 1/2 mile to your car in the Texas heat.
You can never get a meeting room and all are double-booked. Also, too many meetings :)
A little cheap on the compensation, but good benefits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Encourage risk taking and for pete's sake get rid of the old AMEX middle-management layer that just goes around making the same mistakes year after year. Get a company historian to document the last time you "tried x-as a solution" and see how that worked/failed. Lack of lessons learned mean that re-organizations just put new people to solve the same problem in the same way since nobody learns/talks to their predecessors if they even know they exist.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Revenue Cycle Solutions Supervisor  in  Lagrange, GA
    Current Employee - Revenue Cycle Solutions Supervisor in Lagrange, GA

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

    Pros

    Great to work for. Discounts on Dell products

    Cons

    Way to many emails that do not pertain to my job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less emails

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  2.  

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Good People, Flexible Work Hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Round Rock, TX

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Good People, Flexible Work Hours

    Cons

    Dell is managed from the bottom up, and is in its "teenage years," so the strategy and vision is still maturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mimic the leadership of companies that are not "in their teenage years." Make an intranet that can be effectively searched. Value company wide unified tools and services. Lead from the top down. Oppose policy that creates silos. Figure out how to make a big company feel like a small company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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