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Dimensional Fund Advisors Reviews

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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David G. Booth
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Senior associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    micormanagement, do not value people fairly

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-09-07
  2. "Great Company, but Slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Pros

    Great people, food, work-life balance. Impressive connections can be made

    Cons

    Very slow paced. There are many times where individuals just walk around and do nothing, but work can be done.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2017-05-27
  3. 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
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors full-time

    Pros

    The company has been performing very well for some time and the outlook is still great. Good work life balance and the office is nice. Cafeteria is also very nice and fairly cost effective. Benefits package is good.

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic and very centrally controlled. Employees are discouraged from making any decisions on their own for fear of repercussions. Pay is well below market for everyone but the few at the top. The work is extremely easy. After 2-3 months on the job the boredom will set in. Middle management has little to no "management" experience and lacks vision or forward planning.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-11-16
  5. "Portfolio Management Intern"

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

    I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Pros

    Great office, state of the art facilities. Great work/life balance

    Cons

    The work leaves a lot to be desired, very mundane. Dull people

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and stimulating work

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-10-31
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, smart people"

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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

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

    Cons

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

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-08-18
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Meh."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    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.

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-05-29
  8. 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
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Micro Management"

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

    I have been working at Dimensional Fund Advisors

    Pros

    Good work life balance Not in downtown Austin

    Cons

    Micro management No performance review. They call it talent talk but this equals to nothing No exposure if you are not in the right position Managers hog all the important projects Promotion not transparent at all

    Advice to Management

    Please at least listen to the people who actually do the day to day work

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2016-03-30
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of qualified, friendly, intelligent people to work alongside. Competitive, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Promotion structure defies logic; Would rather hire over existing employees than promote within. Many will take the job due the great perks, beautiful office and great track record. But there is great turnover in all groups when you realize politics, not perfomance matters most.

    Advice to Management

    Probably too wealthy to care what I have to say

    Dimensional Fund Advisors2015-07-24
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