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Dimensional Fund Advisors Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2019

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David G. Booth
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  1. Helpful (16)

    "Caution"

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    Current Employee - APM 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Austin office is nice, cafeteria is good, and many cool people to develop friendships with. Pay is not bad for the hours (base is similar to banking).

    Cons

    Work is extremely boring. Can’t speak for other departments (although I’m sure it’s the same), but PM is the same boring crap every day. Starting out of college, your position title is Analyst, but you don’t “analyze” anything. Most of the tasks you have on an everyday basis can be completed without any critical thinking ability, and honestly should be done by robots. As time passes by, DFA is losing their competitive...

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    Advice to Management

    Make the work more challenging and decision-based. Analysts don’t do analysis. Ease up on the dress code. A client is not going to fire you if they see the employees without ties. Speak with your fund performance not with your attire. Pay people more if you want to keep talent. Ambitious people won’t stay here because there is no innovation and challenge. If you want to be called a finance firm create that environment...

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    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-07-08
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Bad Mangement, Bad Place to work. Avoid this place at all cost, especially technology."

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    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Coffee. Nice View.

    Cons

    Too many to list. McDonald's is a better option that this place.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy living life knowing you've ruined so many careers.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-07-20
  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    -Awesome cafe on premises -Beautiful building -New management is listening to the employees and making changes for the better -People that work there are really great

    Cons

    -Would be nice if could have more casual dress

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening the way you have and look forward to more changes!

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-06-17
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, growing quickly"

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

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Onsite Healthcare Facilities -Opportunity for growth -Great colleagues

    Cons

    -Slow to implement innovative solutions to replace archaic processes -Groups within departments working in silos -Working from home frowned upon

    Advice to Management

    Focus on process improvements across the firm to address issues ahead of continued growth Loosen the ties and allow casual days as well as allowing work from home options.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-06-03
  5. "Good Work Place"

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

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Positive Culture, Smart Co-workers, Lifestyle Firm, Lots of Growth

    Cons

    Everyone seems to tell you you're always doing a good job. Give more critical feedback.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-06-01
  6. Helpful (2)

    "A great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Everyone at Dimensional has an enthusiasm for doing their jobs well. People are always willing to teach something new and there are a lot of opportunities to work on cross-functional projects. New management takes employee feedback really seriously and works to make improvements to the work experience.

    Cons

    Very formal culture and becoming more and more bureaucratic as the company grows.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-05-10
  7. "Client Service"

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

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay Great benefits In-house cafe with good choices on-site clinic

    Cons

    Holding judgement until I see what the new management will do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-04-27
  8. Helpful (23)

    "Where Careers Go to Die"

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

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dimensional stands out as a best in class asset manager and really does put the client first. I was proud to work at Dimensional because of their values and commitment to their investment philosophy. Dimensional offers competitive benefits, generous PTO and a good work life balance. They also offer an on-site cafeteria with discounted prices for employees. The new C Suite seems to be taking notice that the employee...

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    Cons

    While the Firm is impressive, the employee experience in the marketing department was not. There is a serious lack of transparency between senior management and the middle managers (and the people they manage). Anyone below the senior manager level is not empowered to make any independent decisions or implement any processes or policies. All decisions have to be vetted through the department head who is a road block because...

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    Advice to Management

    Define roles and responsibilities for a position prior to hiring someone. Provide career development opportunities and regular performance reviews. People come to Dimensional looking for a challenging career, not a mundane job. Empower people to do their job by allowing them to think and make decisions. Review the performance of senior management or continue to lose top talent.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-05-01
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors for less than a year

    Pros

    Some good and smart people.

    Cons

    Typical mutual fund that puts marketing first and a quality product second. For every quality employee there are at least 3 knuckleheads. Lots of meaningless work that is not adding value to the client or the firm. What they say and what they do are two very different things.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-04-17
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Reflections of a DFA Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of money to throw around.

    Cons

    Conflicting management styles, disorganized IT and HR departments.

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility goes a long way in retaining talent.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-03-19
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