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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors

Pros

academic oriented
do what they believe

Cons

become bigger and moving to Austin

Advice to ManagementAdvice

raise real diversified culture in order to become a true global firm

Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good entry-level Position

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    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Pros

    Great entry level position
    Got a good idea for finance as a whole

    Cons

    Dogmatic about the philosophy (it's not a bad one), but I would hesitate to tell anyone that I explore active investing as well

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 16 people found this helpful  

    Would be a great place to work if not for the uphill battle with management to get things done proper.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Pros

    Academic Culture.
    Decent Compensation and Benefits
    Very nice "green" office.
    Organization has a stated goal and operates by it at significant cost (very rare today).

    Cons

    Dysfunctional senior management.
    Complete lack of accountability my senior management.
    Staff is routinely "thrown under the bus" for situations and decisions that are completely out of their control.
    Politics are a major issue between management & staff, departments and offices. Politics permeates the culture while management is oblivious to its existence.
    HR is utterly ineffective in dealing with the organization's issues.
    Staff's only course of action is to resign.
    Real talent, insight and years of direct experience are not appreciated. It will get your hired but counts for nothing afterwards.
    No one is willing to "rock the boat" in order to fix a blatant issue with another senior manager.
    It can be a challenge to work with highly educated individuals who know much about a narrow field but behave as though they know all about everything, including how best to do your job. It's common fault among PhD's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For senior management, there is a disconnect between the position of responsibility and accountability. How is it that a senior manager can have so many major problems occur over the years that would have been mitigated by effective leadership and never be held accountable while staff routinely takes the fall? There is so much potential that is utterly stifled by inept management.
    It's a disservice to everyone. I estimate that for a specific group within the organization, staff operates at between 30% to 60% of potential as a direct result of poor decisions and lack of leadership by the senior manager. It simply does not have to be. The CEO must correct the real issue of inept senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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