Did you know founder Michael Dell started the company when he was still a university student? He sold personal computers built from stock parts in his dorm room before dropping out of school to lead the business full-time.
Dell is one of Planet Earth’s largest tech companies. It is best known for made-to-order personal computers delivered to your doorstep. Dell sold its first computer, the “Turbo PC,” for $795 US in 1985, earning the company sales of $73 million in its very first year. The company now employs over 100,000 people worldwide.
Dell has changed its scope well beyond PCs. It describes itself as a “solutions” organization, offering customers a spectrum of tech products and services that improve their businesses while minimizing energy and carbon impacts. In Canada, Dell works with municipalities, hospitals and schools to advance research and education. It partners with a variety of companies to make its solutions more complete. It also offers cloud computing and virtualization, which help businesses reduce costs and gain mobility.
Perks @ Work
- Keep it green: Newsweek named Dell a top 10 green company for bamboo packaging, product energy efficiency and mass recycling. Its initiatives have kept over 220 million kilograms of equipment out of landfills since 2006.
- Keep it real: Dell works hard to ensure that new employees can safely share their ideas and opinions with senior managers.
- Make it count: Employees are encouraged to take one full paid week off to volunteer each year on top of their regular vacation time. Managers are graded on the number of team members who participate in philanthropy.
- Stay positive: Employees say the atmosphere at Dell is extremely welcoming and positive, making them feel valued and part of a team.
- Stay healthy: Dell offers discounted fitness memberships, on-site amenities and health plans.
- Stay flexible: Dell employees have the option of working from home a couple of days a week if their job assignments allow it. Thanks to technology, some employees work entirely from home!
- Global systems engineer
- Technical architect
- IT services technical consultant
- Virtualization specialist
- Systems engineer
- Technology product specialist - fabric specialist
What's in it for you
Hands-on summer internships are available for full-time students. They are 10-12 weeks for undergrads, often longer for students in Masters programs.
The Dell Social Innovation Competition is an annual worldwide competition in partnership with the University of Texas that awards students with $50,000 for ingenious and innovative ideas designed to change the world.
Classroom style and online training opportunities are available, not to mention tuition subsidies and textbook reimbursement.
Dell is highly supportive of families, offering daycare and adoption subsidies, support for new moms and, for later in life, scholarship opportunities for children of employees.