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Dell is a great place if you can push through the politics

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

I worked at Dell

Pros

Dell is a fun and friendly culture. The people make it a great place to work. People are supportive, collaborative, and laid back. There are a lot of great mentors and outstanding thinkers.

Networking is huge, and there are lots of opportunities to move around by utilizing your networks. Dell is very open to letting you dictate your career path.

Cons

Dell is full of politics. The politics make it difficult to move forward. Some of the best ideas get forgetten or shot down due to politics.

Performance is based on your visibility across Dell, not on your actual performance. Employees who "boast" about their projects with management seem to progress much faster than those who actually do the best job. If you have a quiet or shy personality, Dell would be a struggle for you.

There is a lot of internal conflict among the Operations team and the Quality team. Ops management is more concerned with getting the product out the door, and less concerned with getting it right. A lot of defects could have been avoided if Dell considered quality a priority.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees are your best asset. Be more open to risk-taking and new ideas. Move past all the politics.

Performance should be based on your work, not on how much visibility you have throughout the organization.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career growth opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Dell

    Pros

    Dell has historically had very competitive pay and benefits for their top performers. Direct managers have a great deal of control over this, however.

    Cons

    With more and more product development rapidly moving overseas, there is little opportunity for career growth in the engineering areas. The vast majority of executives come in from external rather than being developed internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat. The company is very bloated. Top performers are no longer appreciated like they were previously. Develop leaders from within like you did back when Dell's performance was untouchable.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees Less Important

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Dell

    Pros

    It is possible to have good work/life balance at Dell in a field sales position. The pay plan is not overly leveraged and most managers stress such a balance. A broad product portfolio allows resourceful salespeople the ability to uncover a wide variety of opportunities with their customers.

    Cons

    Sales compensation is closely managed by Dell to minimize upside -- sadly, this also minimizes sales motivation. Dell is aggressively minimizing employee costs in many ways. Several people (including myself) who have left Dell for other high tech companies have found themselves terminated immediately despite giving customary notice. My advice to anyone in this situation: take all your vacation time and quit with no notice. Any consideration you provide to Dell is unlikely to be reciprocated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dell is making many changes that will likely benefit the company and its customers. But employees are suffering with these changes, and the situation is unlikely to improve for them. Being candid with the workforce and seeking their feedback on how to improve Dell's efforts will ultimately make these changes more effective.

    No opinion of CEO
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