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Dalbar Reviews

Updated January 3, 2017
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  1. "Managing Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dalbar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work if you are self-driven/motivated. The size of the organization and receptivity to ideas, thoughts and suggestions on how to build the business are key positive attributes.

    Cons

    You need to have an entrepreneurial spirit with a thirst to learn and grow in order to be successful.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "A Company with the Foundation of a Wet Sock"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dalbar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I don't know if this can be considered a pro, but you're not the only one in the trenches. Also, most of the employees are amiable, and you gain a sense of camaraderie in your shared misery.

    Cons

    It feels like the company is a novice trapeze artist attempting to walk a length of floss in a hurricane. There is no communication between upper management and the people doing all of the work. There was more than one occasion where I felt the company was going under because of secret, shady deals going on behind closed doors.

    There is no opportunity for growth in the company. To apply for another position within the company, you have to jump through more hoops than outside applications, and you still will not get the position. This is just one of the many reasons that this company is a revolving door.

    Most of all, there is blatant favoritism occurring among the management. There a few employees who are awarded special privileges including unlimited work-from-home days and casual dress attire. This shows a disregard of professionalism, seeing as many employees are never awarded the opportunity to work from home and have to dress in full business attire.

    Furthermore, there is a tense atmosphere in the office created by management. It feels like an us-versus-them scenario. One manager is especially unfriendly and has limited knowledge of what it takes to run a company composed of hardworking people.

    The CEO is unaware of his employees unhappiness, and I would be surprised if he could one person working in the trenches. Also, it's poor pay compared to the workload. I could go on.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are unhappy and you are going to no lengths whatsoever to change that. You give no one intensive to go above and beyond. If an employee stays until 8 PM, no one bats an eye, but when someone shows up half an hour late because the train broke down, you'll have to make up that time (despite the fact that your working for a salary). Management desperately needs to work on being managers rather than being authoritarians.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "I barely survived."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dalbar full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Excellent location. There are some quality people here, but all are looking for new employment.

    Cons

    This is far from a legitimate company that teeters on the edge of being defunct. No structure, no career-pathing, no set priorities or policies, no professionalism, no business model... The list goes on and on, as this place is a free-for-all, steered by the ever-changing whims of an incapable and hypocritical management team. Run as far away as you can!

    Advice to Management

    Stop assigning non-sensical tasks that are impossible to complete. Stop baiting and switching. Stop lying to your employees. Devise a practical and attainable business strategy. If you can't, call it a day and close the doors.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Small Company with Big Challenges"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dalbar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the people who work here are great. Since it's such a small company (less than 50 people) you get to know your co-workers well and they become like a second family.

    Cons

    One of the Directors manages by instilling fear, which tends to pervade the work environment at times. The President seems not to involve himself with the daily operations of the company and allows a lot to go on that he may/may not even be aware of. There is a general lack of accountability and a lot of favoritism when it comes to special arrangements, such as special work hours and the ability (or not) to work from home. Upper management tends to base recognition, raises and promotions on their personal perception of you, versus reality. There is very little in the way of career path development. Reviews/promotions/raises are spotty at best. Since there is no real Board of Directors, and since the company is private, there is very little accountability and reinforcement to ensure that all employees are treated equally and fairly. Wages are not competitive within the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone should be offered the same benefits and opportunities across the board, regardless of gender, race, motherhood/fatherhood, friendship with management, etc. More should be done to ensure timely performance reviews and compensation. A competitive analysis should be made to ensure that wages are on par with the industry. Favoritism should be abolished completely, so that every employee feels that they are treated fairly and equitably. Too many opinions are made based upon perception of someone's ability, attitude, etc., resulting in the stunting of career growth for some. Aspire towards transparency and fairness.


  6. "Great company, Enjoyable & Rewarding"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small Company with less than 50 employees, which gives you the opportunity to share ideas and have your voice heard. You also get a chance to work and get to know all team members. Company provides great opportunities to employees that want to contribute to the overall success of the company. Location is key, right across the street from south station.

    Cons

    There needs to be more accountability

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees informed and engaged with company initiatives


  7. "It's a Living"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    To the other anonymous reviewer; the men out-number the women 16-10 in the office. How is that sexist?

    Cons

    Everyone should have flexible hours. Not just a select few.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly Managed company. Sexist towards men"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dalbar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Early on there was growth, ingenuity and camaraderie

    Cons

    One of the two managing directors have created a hostile work environment

    Advice to Management

    stop promoting just women and incompetents. if your a woman you will appreciate the work life balance


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Small company going nowhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not very demanding work, small office, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Small company that's really not going anywhere