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"Dell acquires companies, loses focus"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Dell full-time

Pros

Decent benefits package, but not competitive in the DC market. If you work at the headquarter office, there are many in-office perks, but if you don't work there, just expect to hear about it and how great it is, but you can't access it.

Cons

Dell seems to acquire companies and then demolishes them. They acquired Perot Systems in 2008 and dismantled the management and left it in disarray. Full time employees who happen to work on contracts for the government are treated like outside contractors -- no severance package, regardless of years of service, and while they like to pretend otherwise, absolutely no support for being repositioned in the company when Dell loses a contract with the government. It's sad how little they think of their employees. You really are just a number to them.

Advice to Management

When you acquire a company, have a game plan in mind. I think my division name/focus changed almost as many times as my division manager did. If you are serious about recompeting on a contract, assign a competent proposal team to manage it. Show employees who don't happen to work in your headquarter office that they have value. Offer them competitive benefits for the market they live in. Offer them comparable perks as well - i.e., gym memberships, cafeterias, weight watchers meetings, etc. If not, then lower the price of their health benefits so they don't have to absorb the cost of perks they can't use. Establish severance packages for ALL employees. We're not contract employees. We're dedicated, full-time employees who make you look good.

Other Employee Reviews for Dell

  1. "Great place to work ... until"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Support Technician, Level II in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Hardware Support Technician, Level II in Memphis, TN
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, potential for growth, bonus incentives.

    Cons

    Care more about the financial bottom line than their employees and customers.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Think Twice"

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

    I have been working at Dell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely; high school environment; extremely clickish; your boss is completely uninvolved in your career path

    Cons

    To many chiefs and not enough Indians; your boss will stab you in the back during review time if you are not in the "click"; don't count on your boss to provide direction, it is up to you to figure out what you need and should be doing; choose wisely because, otherwise you will get screwed on your review and be told it "you need to gain credibility here to increase your rating"
    Great chess game, no way you can win if you are not accepted by the "click"; skill set does not matter as much as ability to play politics.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a backbone and begin to provide leadership. Help expand technical prowess amongst other employees by enforcing subject experts provide knowledge transfer to other interested parties. Instead, these subject experts are provided an island.

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