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Dimensional Fund Advisors Regional Director Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2019

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David G. Booth
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Regional Director"

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    Current Employee - Regional Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Teamwork, culture, sense of impact, great clients, outstanding investments with a robust methodology and track record. Innovative while rigorous in designing new strategies.

    Cons

    Deepnding on location and departments, workload can be an issue due to sustained fast growth. Slow to make technology changes for anything not related to managing the strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Hire in advance of growth and/or increase comp for star performers. Use legal and compliance to stay out of trouble and compete, not to prevent sales.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-08-07
  2. "A different investment manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Dedicated client base. Solid investment philosophy. Not an asset gatherer for the sake of it.

    Cons

    Communication around medium and longer term strategy can be improved.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2019-07-05
  3. Helpful (15)

    "Dead in the Heart Update"

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    Current Employee - Regional Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    They spend a week each year - Dimensional Week - genuinely trying to get the whole organization excited about the mission of the firm. Lots of updates on what the firm is doing, etc. They do these small group dinners, hosted by senior execs, which are pretty cool. It's all about doing what's right for the customer.

    Cons

    They conclude this otherwise cool week with a presentation where the chairman comments on how much overhead is spent on the week and the Co-CEO telling the team if you don't double down and sell more than 125% of what you've done in the last two quarters everyones' firm based comp will be cut by about 15-20%. Remind me not to invite them to my 40th birthday party because at the end they will say "happy birthday! but...

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    Dimensional Fund Advisors2019-05-25
  4. Helpful (16)

    "Interesting transition period"

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    Current Employee - Regional Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors for less than a year

    Pros

    very successful and strong brand, place to be in if you want to see academic rigor get translated into investment solutions, about to become a corporate firm, global opportunities

    Cons

    very sleepy, occasionally overwhelmed and biased management, employees are seen to be a commodity, leadership team seems not always to be on the same page, has not arrived in the digital age yet, very political environment, the strong value system that made it successful started collapsing, everyone is struggling to make decisions, very centralized and controlling

    Advice to Management

    incentives are not aligned, too risk averse, change attitude against change, innovation, etc., decentralize, empower people, establish a less toxic culture, make decisions, clarity and communication needs to improve

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-05-30
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Regional Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart, capable people. Emphasis on doing right by our clients. Well documented philosophy and process for building portfolios makes it easy to discuss with clients.

    Cons

    Tendency towards micro-management from the highest levels of the firm. No transparency on comp, which is below industry avg. Political promotions far outstrip merit-based promotions. Senior leaders are very smart and capable, but are not strong businessman. Need to hire a real CEO who knows how to run a business and deal with people. Many opportunities to build positive morale are overlooked (celebrate a milestone...

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    Advice to Management

    Let your smart capable employees do what they do. Let PMs manage portfolios, let sales-people sell. Do nice things for your employees. Frankly, you need to pay more.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-02-19
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