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Dimensional Fund Advisors Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  • Tough to keep younger workers focused on how great the work life balance is (in 5 reviews)

  • waiting to see if HR and senior management adheres to agreements (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, smart people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome people, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not so much growth in career, but honestly can't think of any terrible cons.


  2. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, you will be surrounded by lots of intelligent people, pay is improving and is around industry average now, some amazing people

    Cons

    also some not so amazing people that I would never grab a drink with for the life of me, no way to distinguish yourself as an employee, very little upside potential. good place for risk averse people that want a simple 8-5 that pays fine. work gets a little dull at times and many of the skills taken from here aren't too transferrable in finance. losts of brainwashing to get employees to buy into the philosophy.

    Advice to Management

    there needs to be more transparency at every stage of this firm. saw too many times where a problem would arise and it would take way too long for senior guys to be aware of what was going on.


  3. "Admin assistant to CTO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Assistant in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company. They don't micro manage, as long as you do a good job you have some freedom. Make sure you like the industry.

    Cons

    Really stresses on participating in company events and networking. There are some inter-department gossip/drama.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Loved it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its hard to find so many nice people at the same place, I found it at dimensional. Now when you combine that with employees being smart and intelligent, its unmatched.
    I worked in a great team, learnt a lot. My learning at Dimensional in one year is more than I learnt in my entire career. I found direction. Tech leads, managers, team mates, everyone was wonderful and love helping and sharing knowledge.
    Great cafeteria
    Great benefits
    Made great friends
    Beautiful office

    Cons

    The company requires everyone to dress formally, a lot of Information technology professionals dont like that.
    Cant think of anything that I didn't like.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring good people, mentor more, provide more learning opportunities. I have heard from friends, lot changes are happening in IT in the right direction. Keep doing what you are doing.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to settle down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate, Business Analysis in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Associate, Business Analysis in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, job security, clear expectations

    Cons

    Lack of learning on the job, no innovation, no career growth, performance is not adequately rewarded


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Management is Awful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pretty decent benefits and pay is not to bad depending on what you do there. There are a lot of extremely intelligent people who work there. Some really great people.

    Cons

    They do not care about their employees anymore. I worked for them for many years. Although some of the Human Resources are great like on the recruiting side many of the rest leave a lot to be desired. One in particular loves to try and bully people and intimidate them so they will say something inappropriate or something that will get them terminated.. Many of the mangers in Austin have their heads up their butts and micromanage. They all have a daddy issue with the new CFW Sam and are running around trying to please him. They let good people leave the company for no real good reason. IT management is the worst. They play games with peoples lives and expect you to sit there and take it. I had finally had enough and had to leave due to management. I just could not work there anymore and I really enjoyed my job and the people.

    Advice to Management

    Stop toying with peoples lives and playing games. Stop micro managing. They need to take a strong look at some of their HR People and do more things to keep employees there. Not chase them away. I was a very well thought of employee both professionally and personally and was treated very poorly. HR is not supposed to always be for management they should lead by example and not use such tactics as intimidation, bullying and threatening. Micro management is not necessary especially when done to justify your own manager position. Negativity breeds negativity. They need a way for employees to give feedback without fear of repercussions. I had nobody to turn to on one thing that happened to me. I spoke with my manager on a personal level about two things that occurred I was told it would be career suicide if I told anyone. I left not long after that.


  8. Helpful (13)

    "Interesting transition period"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors (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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Meh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lots of camaraderie and talent.
    Smart People, focused on clients.
    Still has the feel of a small, close knit company.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Leadership/management is opaque, not very dynamic.
    Compensation structure isn't clear and is inconsistently applied.
    Compensation is below market average for skills and responsibilities required.
    Firm is still run like a small company, but no longer is . This introduces a political dynamic, as senior management still wants to call all of the shots and won't trust their management teams to make sound business decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management is one of the weaknesses of the firm and key people probably should be replaced.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Financial Advisor Services in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Financial Advisor Services in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with. The Clients are engagement. People care what you have to say and listen

    Cons

    Sometimes can be slower paced at certain times. Tough to keep younger workers focused on how great the work life balance is.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Stifling Micromanagement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    highly educated workforce; good salary

    Cons

    highly educated people with many years of experience get micromanaged which results in fear of making any decisions at all; high turnover in many departments; least cheerful work environment I've ever been exposed to; no flextime for most employees; no business casual dress or jeans Fridays; leadership by fear in the legal department; work environment will not change unless the top managers are willing to address the cause of the retention problems in various departments, i.e. the inability to manage people well and effectively

    Advice to Management

    take a look at the departments which have high turnover and assess the people management skills of the people leading those departments



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