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Dimensional Fund Advisors Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2019

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David G. Booth
3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Best company in asset management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for 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...

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    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.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-06-02
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Turned into typical big corporate"

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

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for 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.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-06-08
  3. Helpful (4)

    "A pleasant but slow-paced workplace"

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

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for 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

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-03-23
  4. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for 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.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-05-04
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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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 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

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-05-05
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Growing fast"

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

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for 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...

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    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-03-05
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, needs more flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for 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.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-03-11
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, if not a little too stiff."

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

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits, excellent PTO (21 days first year), amazing cafeteria, and is continuously growing, which constantly presents new opportunities for progression.

    Cons

    Don't enjoy wearing a suit every day in the Austin heat? Too bad. Aside from that, there are very few cons.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-02-18
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to the investment management industry.

    Cons

    Very frat like environment, have to drink the cool aid.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-01-30
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Quant trader"

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    Former Employee - Quant Trader in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cofounder and ceo , David Booth treats employees like family. Wotking at dfa is like getting your phd in finance.

    Cons

    If you are not excited about finance or academics DFA is not for you

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-01-19
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