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Dimensional Fund Advisors Senior Associate Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2019

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  1. "Financial Advisor Services"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    - very friendly and supportive co-workers - great work-life balance - will come away with a great foundational understanding of investments - pays just well enough to keep you around

    Cons

    - slowly getting more bureaucratic

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-08-19
  2. Helpful (15)

    "Toxic work environement"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    unlimited bottled water and soft drink, nice looking office and surrounding gardens, great career potential if you can get toxic middle management onside

    Cons

    The company misleads new employees during the interview process, and the culture of toxic middle management still exists even though the CEOs are making an attempt to combat it. There is a double standard when it comes to promotions and recognition for work, definitely not based on merit but rather how well you suck up to before said toxic middle management.

    Advice to Management

    You can do all the employee satisfaction surveys you wont but unless you learn to question managers true intention and identify behavior based off personal feelings rather than professional judgement then the culture and success of the firm will not change. There is too many people with influence working for DFA that have a self preservation vs success of the firm mentality

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2019-06-06
  3. Helpful (17)

    "Don’t work here!!!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I’m honestly shocked at how many positive reviews there are. They have to be fake ... The only positives are superficial things like they have good food in the cafeteria and the building is nice (though you’ll have to see it every day, since you’re not ever allowed to work from home). It’s a great place to work if you’re a white male though! They seem to love those!

    Cons

    No focus on career development. No focus on diversity or inclusion. Strongly against working remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - it’s 2019!

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2019-03-31
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Product you can get behind and feel good about what you do. Awesome work life balance.

    Cons

    Pay discrepancy between 2 people in the same role can be astronomical. How upper management has not corrected this is unclear to me. Some departments seem to have the upper hand over others. Some roles do not have any authority to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying people in the same role fairly. You’re going to lose some pretty awesome people that have loved working for Dimensional over something that you can easily correct.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-12-12
  5. Helpful (8)

    "Very toxic and inflexible work environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people - who are all trying to leave for better opportunities with more flexible work arrangements, transparency, and fairness.

    Cons

    There is unfairness throughout the firm such as favoritism, lack of transparency, and a huge pay discrepancies without any rationale.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more fair, inclusive, and flexible work environment before more employees leave to work at competitors.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2018-04-05
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - Financial Advisor Services in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    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.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-04-12
  7. Helpful (11)

    "It doesn't 2.3 stars for nothing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Base pay is higher than industry average. Great Austin office with free soft drinks.

    Cons

    You pay for that higher salary. The culture is one of finger pointing and CYA. Toxic with a high turn over rate.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company already and let professional manage it.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2014-11-07
  8. Helpful (4)

    "knowing yourself first!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    a typical financial company, it's easy to find your place here if you have: 1) connection to the top in this company; whether through personal or suck up to the top 2) ability to bring in money

    Cons

    you will have hard time understanding company's decisions if : 1) you do not understand money 2) you do not want to participate in the game

    Advice to Management

    the business model is good and the privileged deserve to be rich and successful here. A lot of people you hired locally lack of the exposures to shadyness compared to people from NYC, the naiveness of employees are the risk to manage to reduce turnovers. After all, this is a serious money business.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2014-06-16
  9. Helpful (16)

    "Used to be an enjoyable place to work, but the morale has gone down quite a bit."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, smart employees, beautiful building facilities, living in Austin

    Cons

    This company used to do more internal promotions, but has changed. They have been hiring a lot of external candidates and providing little to no career development for current employees. Since Eduardo took over, the company has been micromanaged from the top down. At all levels, people feel they cannot or do not have the authority to make decisions without his input. Yet he has no background/experience in marketing, management,...

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    Dimensional Fund Advisors2013-12-04
  10. Helpful (9)

    "CEO's and COO need to clean up the I.T. department."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package and awesome rank and file employees. Great fringe benefits only because the morale within the firm is extremely low. The firm's extracurricular activities are needed in order to retain what top talent they have left.

    Cons

    Management, management, management. As with any newly hired I.T. VP, first thing they want to do is clean house of all the old timers and bring in their own people. No need to keep and retain employees who actually have the skills and know-how to keep a large global infrastructure running like a well cared for machine. Forget about learning the business, understanding all the system dependencies or identifying department...

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    Advice to Management

    Executive management needs to eradicate current Sr I.T. managers. Hire new management that actually have leadership skills, who can provide guidance, and can motivate a demoralized department. DFA needs to do away with the self-serving I.T. managers and get the department back on its feet again.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2013-08-13
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