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Not bad for a corporate environment

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Solutions Specialist in Round Rock, TX
Former Employee - Solutions Specialist in Round Rock, TX

I worked at Dell full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

For the most part, employees are shown value and there is a healthy culture & work/life balance. I had my share of positive and negative experiences there and left on good terms with no bad blood at all. It is refreshing to know that at a moment's notice, there are multiple folks who would be willing and able to help me get a job there or somewhere else in their network.

Cons

They've invented something called a "movement freeze" which kills morale. I had the opportunity to take a 25% raise in a different segment of Dell but was shut down because my particular segment wasn't profitable enough to let me go. I felt that was borderline unethical and certainly nonsensical (trust me, I can out argue upper managements' reasoning for this one, lol). There aren't a ton of promotional opportunities, even for someone who scales very quickly as I did, so to have one right in front of me and not be able to take it was infuriating. To reiterate, though, I left with no bad blood - this instance actually gave me great motivation to branch out and do what I'm doing now (running my own company).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It seemed to me that as the economy eroded, so did morale and culture. While seemingly natural, it's completely avoidable and Dell would get itself out of the hole much more quickly if it figured out ways to foster culture amidst struggle. People first, not the bottle line. And by people first, I believe that speaking value and worth into their lives goes much further than a spiff or bonus.

Lead, don't manage.

Another note is to get better at filtering. When all of the negative outlook attitude from executive leadership trickles down to the individual contributors, the result is terrible. The GM needs to filter some to the RSM who needs to filter more to the ISM who needs to be the final filter to the ISR - hope that makes sense.

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Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Happy to be here

    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Having worked here for over 10 years, I have been happy for the most part. Some of the pros include good pay, good benefits, and good career prospects in the organization.

    Cons

    Some of the issues I have had are due to the company being too big, where sometimes organizational direction is not very well communicated down the food chain.

  2.  

    Great to work for, lower than average pay, but lower than average workload

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Round Rock, TX

    I have been working at Dell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Granted, you wont make as much as competitors, however with most positions you get to "leave" at the end of the day and not take your work home. Stick with the non-salary positions.

    Cons

    Some things are political. It seems there are "silly" policies in place which are brought in by 3rd parties, but this is normal for any large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees, Any idea to improve something should be passed up to the higher ups no matter what the lower level management thinks. Unconventional ways of thinking are often the key to staying ahead in this industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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