BlackRock Reviews in London, England

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
628 Reviews
3.3
628 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
Laurence D. Fink
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Pros
  • While it was not quite as relaxed as the San Francisco office, I found solid work life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • these are very smart people with tremendous resources spread across the globe (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • if you want any type of work life balance rethink your idea to join this firm (in 58 reviews)

  • Very long hours, if you are not an investor you're kind of second class (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good place to start your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    - Good exposure to senior leaders
    - Great breadth of product
    - Great name on the CV

    Cons

    - Very hierarchical/political
    - Very long hours
    - Crowded at the top - good people often leave because they feel there's no career progression
    - Internal mobility is extremely difficult
    - Compensation low by industry standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about to to provide opportunities for progression to mid-level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start a career, terrible place to grow one

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - People are for the most part genuinely nice
    - Great brand name means your CV will get you an interview at better firms where you can finally get paid/promoted
    - Benefits (pension, health care, etc...) are great
    - Work/Life balance is fantastic but that's not a great thing if you're young and ambitious I'd argue. I'd rather work longer and get paid more, but no real link between performance and pay makes this a moot point.
    - Decent opportunities for internal mobility (if you want another job or to work somewhere else, you can get one...it just might not be any better)
    - Pretty tough to get fired from this place. If you just want to sit somewhere collecting a coupon for the next 45 years, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    - Terrible pay and bonus compared to competition and sell side with very few pay raises.
    - Extremely top heavy makes career progression very difficult and promotions tougher to come by these days unless you're in a right place
    - Strong preference for external hires for premium investment jobs, internal hires usually preferred for more support related jobs in portfolio management
    - Generally very little link between performance and compensation/promotion. All about which team you end up in and the level of that team's influence.
    - Lots of Soviet-like propaganda which is more annoying than anything
    - So much fat at the top sitting there and getting paid while barely putting in any real work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Larry built this firm from the ground up so he knows what he's doing. I wouldn't sweat what the peons had to say if I was him either.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic for the CV

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really prestigious company.

    Very much respected due to its size.

     Anyone would be proud to work for them.

    In many respects it is a model investment management firm.

    Truly global firm.

    Looks really good on the CV.

    Cons

    Top heavy.

    Can be cut-throat.

    Lots of politics.

    Pay isn't always the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sharing is caring...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting internship experience. Nice people to work with. Worked on a variety of projects.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BlackRock as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with great people and learned a lot in the process. A lot of networking events available to learn about the business.

    Cons

    No clear career path to portfolio management jobs. Compensation is not in line with other jobs in the financial industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Portfolio Analytics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate, Portfolio Analytics  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate, Portfolio Analytics in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learn how the operation of a multiframe system works and at the same time understand the analytics being calculated. It does provide young employees with a chance to contribute to the development of the operations.

    Cons

    High employee turnover means the average length spent in the firm is around 2 years within Blackrock solutions for analysts. It also means you will have no life and be in the back-office being underpaid for the operational risk of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on supporting the learning and development process of young analysts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top reputation & good career opportunities but significantly below average compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Caliber of people and diversity of backgrounds
    - Challenging, interesting job opportunities offering great deal of experience/learning opportunity
    - Strong reputation, good for CV and career advancement
    - Work/Life balance is better than at Investment Bank
    - Good culture and working climate

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic, inflexible structures inside company
    - Poor monetary reward for individual accomplishments and top performance, e.g. below industry-average pay and limited bonus potential compared to Investment Banking or Hedge Funds - not in line with reputation and top performing employees, most uneven bonus distribution (anything below Managing Director reward is peanuts plus warm handshake)
    - Systems are entirely in-house (no transfer of knowledge) and inefficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reward individual performance: if you want the Best in class you have to pay for it
    - Clearer communication of strategy from management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Changing project environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Global mobility
    Small (compared to competitors)

    Cons

    Autocratic > despotic
    Slightly chaotic
    Everyone involved in everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to loosen the reins a little

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Losing sight of its most important asset

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    There is ample opportunity to prove yourself in the company. You're given as much responsibility as you want - or at least, I have been. It's also possible to move internally relatively easily, and to that extent you get the feeling that your career is in your own hands.

    Cons

    The purchase of BGI has highlighted huge cultural differences between the two legacy companies.
    Management are trading on the good will and professional nature of its employees - treating staff, in some cases, in an appalling fashion.
    Long hours have become the norm.
    Compensation is disappointing. I'm not driven by money but I do believe in being paid fairly for the job you do and the results you achieve. It doesn't happen at BlackRock - especially if you're promoted from within.
    The company needs to put its hand in its pockets - a shoestring budget will ensure it gets found out sooner or later. For a company of this size, there's no excuse - we're not investing sufficiently in existing talent.
    Business risk management feels like it's a case of "wait and see".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't matter how good a Porsche looks if it's being driven with the engine of a Skoda. Listen to your staff - we're telling you the same story. Or don't, and just risk us all leaving.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to start but not to stay

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    good name, best tech in the world, wide exposure to many products

    could be a springboard to other Ibanks or other firms

    Cons

    benefit and comps sub-parred
    we call ourselve largest AM in the world, but comps is not quite same as other "buy-side" firms.

    too specific tech language. skill not transferrable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    No opinion of CEO

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