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"Only thing that stands in the way of Dell is Dell"

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

I have been working at Dell full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

good potential if executed properly, great acquisitions, decent vision, great work life balance

Cons

very poor execution, extreme CYA attitude, too much fat for the results delivered, delivery driven culture which results in a lack of innovation, product managers not empowered enough to make product/design decisions, bureaucracy at every level, what should take 1 week to get done takes 2-3 months to get done, process overkill, several folks have made a career at Dell by not doing anything constructive. middle mgmt bloated, resulting in poor career growth opportunities

Advice to Management

Innovate, innovate, innovate. put 3% of rev towards R&D, let product team make product decisions, focus on how to make great things and revenue will come

Other Employee Reviews for Dell

  1. "Not bad for a corporate environment"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Specialist in Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Solutions Specialist in Round Rock, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, employees are shown value and there is a healthy culture & work/life balance. I had my share of positive and negative experiences there and left on good terms with no bad blood at all. It is refreshing to know that at a moment's notice, there are multiple folks who would be willing and able to help me get a job there or somewhere else in their network.

    Cons

    They've invented something called a "movement freeze" which kills morale. I had the opportunity to take a 25% raise in a different segment of Dell but was shut down because my particular segment wasn't profitable enough to let me go. I felt that was borderline unethical and certainly nonsensical (trust me, I can out argue upper managements' reasoning for this one, lol). There aren't a ton of promotional opportunities, even for someone who scales very quickly as I did, so to have one right in front of me and not be able to take it was infuriating. To reiterate, though, I left with no bad blood - this instance actually gave me great motivation to branch out and do what I'm doing now (running my own company).

    Advice to Management

    It seemed to me that as the economy eroded, so did morale and culture. While seemingly natural, it's completely avoidable and Dell would get itself out of the hole much more quickly if it figured out ways to foster culture amidst struggle. People first, not the bottle line. And by people first, I believe that speaking value and worth into their lives goes much further than a spiff or bonus.

    Lead, don't manage.

    Another note is to get better at filtering. When all of the negative outlook attitude from executive leadership trickles down to the individual contributors, the result is terrible. The GM needs to filter some to the RSM who needs to filter more to the ISM who needs to be the final filter to the ISR - hope that makes sense.


  2. "Dynamic roles, ambiguity, change, opportunity & large corporate"

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    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dell (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    With significant amounts of change across the company there are many opportunities to excel and contribute.

    Cons

    large corporate environment with silo functions makes can mean a lot of meetings, alignments, opinions, and inputs to get something to happen

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the organizations to make them more nimble and functional. Breakdown the silos

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