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Dimensional Fund Advisors Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • Senior management relies on no transparency (in 8 reviews)

  • Silo mentality, small-company drawbacks, career path (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    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

    -Smart people
    -Friendly
    -Great building
    -Good benefits
    -No long hours

    Cons

    - Career path is uncertain
    - Work gets a little boring and not much to do

    Advice to Management

    Improve work Role
    Defined upward mobility


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources? No such thing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to advance if you try to make the right alliances. Beautiful building, close to downtown.

    Cons

    Human Resources the absolute worst. The management, if you can even call it that, care about putting more money in their already fat, wall street pockets. They will find any excuse to not give you full bonuses and are the most difficult to work with in almost all situations. They're reputations precede them as no one wants to work with them or for them (2 in particular).

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get rid of those running that department. You'll find an instant climate change if that happens. Until then, continue to lose great people.

  3. "Great place to work with little upward mobility"

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    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

    Amazing benefits. Generous PTO. Great 401K plan. Friendly and collaborative environment. Free drinks and fruits. Best possible location, across the street from the ocean.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility. Could get the sense that you are "stuck" in your position. Management is backed off a little too much at times.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Best company in asset management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at Dimensional for many years and feel very fortunate for the opportunity to work for a company that is a beacon for honesty and integrity in an industry that is often painted as anything but. It is a company that holds the client above all else, which is also an explanation for some of the less than stellar employee reviews. The best ideas are welcome, but you have to be prepared to recognize that many ideas have already been thought of, tested, debated, and perhaps abandoned for the time being because they don't make sense for our clients. While to some, this may feel like red tape, there is a good reason for it. There is no shortage of ideas, but it requires time and resources to implement and support an idea for long term success.

    I started my career at Dimensional straight out of school. And I have seen many of the people who started about the same time as me get more and more responsibilities. There is plenty of potential to grow at this company. But it takes someone who is smart, willing to take ownership of projects, and puts the client before all else. If you have that, the opportunities are abundant.

    Cons

    The expectations are high. You do not advance far unless you are truly exceptional. Dimensional is a meritocracy where your career path is determined by the value you bring.

    Advice to Management

    Decisions are made in a very logical fashion. Don't be afraid to share that logic with the broad employee base.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Turned into typical big corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location, tons of funding for projects.

    Cons

    Penny pinching for employees, CEO acts like a tyrant. Average tenure of 80% of the employees is less than 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people instead of assets.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "You won't find a more intelligent Investment Leadership team in the Industry!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Truly the best and brightest in the investment industry with countless MBAs from top tier schools, CFAs, PhDs and in addition, Nobel Prize winners on the Board. Not only are they brilliant but very down to earth and kind.

    David Booth was 1 of 2 founders and CEO of Dimensional. He grew the business while remaining humble and truly cared about the Employees. He has since retired but remained Chairman of the Board

    Cons

    Dimensional has grown significantly over the years and has made some extremely exceptional choices in leadership but have also made, possibly some of the very worst choices in Leadership you could imagine. So, be cautious while evaluating an opportunity at DFA and gather all your facts from peers and the community before you make the leap! Every department is very different.

    Advice to Management

    Recommend putting "Human" back into your "Human Resources" Department.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Amazing building.

    Cons

    Culture is horrible, a lot of smart people who are looking to differentiate by pointing other people's mistakes. Spend a lot of money for parties and events and do not like to overpay people.

    Advice to Management

    Look closer at Turnover in different departments to understand the problems

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A pleasant but slow-paced workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, interested in retention, great perqs, growing firm, generous job scope

    Cons

    Slow-paced, every decision requires multiple disparate managers to approve, accountability can be murky, highly police personality of women workers


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Growing fast"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offices are sweet, fast growth and a lot of opportunity as a result, small company feel for being one of the biggest fund firms in the industry, international business growth a big focus, collaborative culture, work life balance (8-5 hours)

    Cons

    No work from home, benefits are just ok, inflexible work hours, business attire is not flexible (I.e. no business casual ever), a lot of Co-C level positions is very strange but I guess it works, leadership could be stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Be more employee experience focused and don't hire so many new people that don't know what they are doing. You can't keep throwing bodies at the problem. Be more forward thinking in the expansion plans and think about if we have a downturn. Focus on leadership development and succession planning more. We hire a lot of smart people with minimal industry or leadership experience and this needs to be better balanced going forward.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, needs more flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with intelligent, friendly people. Opportunity to transfer departments from within, great cafeteria, ethical company.

    Cons

    Need to modernize and let people work remote some of the time. It's going to be hard to retain good people if there continues to be lack of flexibility

    Advice to Management

    you have skilled and trustworthy employees who care about the business. Let them work remote.


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