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Dell Software Engineer Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance contingent on manager support (in 311 reviews)

  • Upper management isn't listening to concerns (in 130 reviews)

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  1. "Well run big company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional well run work environment. Was in a small group that was recently acquired that retained some of the small company culture although it was diminishing. Good benefits and good people to work with, very professional. Good work life balance and open to remote work in some positions.

    Cons

    Usual big company issues, a lot of procedure and rules. A lot of people let go so they could do a large acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    More autonomy lower in the organization. Figure out how to do an acquisition without resorting to mass layoffs of good people.


  2. "Software Dev Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dell has many great engineers with awesome experience and personality.

    Cons

    software marketing team is not so good. They do not actively engage with customer and get input from them, or pass the right direction to engineer team


  3. "Enginuity"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Great pay
    Flexible hours
    Time off is easy to sort out
    My manager is awesome

    Cons

    Not using the most cutting edge technology
    Not a ton of work to be done
    Most work is fixing up 15 year old code

    Advice to Management

    The management is doing a great job all things considered.


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  5. "Good pay Good benefit"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Hopkinton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Start people, good benefit, good work and life balance

    Cons

    morale went downhill after Dell acquisition and layoffs


  6. "2ndDellReview"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work; good technical challenges; great teams; competitive salaries

    Cons

    Some inevitable large company bureacracy

    Advice to Management

    Ensure employees have time to participate in role-specific training so they can keep current with technology


  7. "Working at Dell (formely EMC Documentum"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    401K match
    Good insurance

    Cons

    Salaries are very low when compared to other companies for the same position.
    PTO is very less (10 days/year)


  8. "Nice"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Dell as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work culture, Flexible

    Cons

    restricted Contract policy's, Not good for contracting


  9. "Software Engineer at EMC-Dell Co-ops are treated as Full time employees"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Hopkinton, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Hopkinton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dell as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) Responsibility and ownership of the task/project/ POC
    2) I had given the opportunity to work on different aspects of SW development,
    3) Intern events

    Cons

    Commute was the issue.
    No convenient shuttle service to boston

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt is designing and investing in future products so Keep it up!!


  10. "Really good company to work for, changing a lot right now."

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Round Rock, TX
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Round Rock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dell as an intern

    Pros

    Really great people, Austin is a win, a lot to work on, fosters growth professionally and personally

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, large company, still going through growing pains after shifting to being a privately held organization.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for, but..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In terms of benefits and culture, Dell was one of the best companies I ever worked for. Their policies are very family-friendly, and they provided a generous package of vacation, days off for other needs, 401K, healthcare, etc. I was dubious about the prospects of working for Dell when they acquired my company, but it turned out to be a mostly positive experience. I'm sorry my 3 years there ended.

    Cons

    Like any large company, Dell has internal bureaucracies that are inefficient and often maddening. The timecard system is decades old, slow, and unstable; the security policies, such as changing passwords every 60 days, are nonsensical; etc. But my biggest complaint stems from their decision to enter the software business, acquiring companies left and right, and then deciding to abandon software, laying off hundreds of people and divesting the remaining pieces. Hardware companies have the wrong DNA to do software, and Michael Dell should have known this. The acquisitions followed by layoffs damaged careers and destroyed good products. Dell did a disservice to many people through this "experiment".

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of software: stick to what you know. Build organically and stop depending on acquisitions for growth. When cutbacks are necessary, stop treating people as "expenses" and view them as "investments". Good people can be re-tasked to do new things.