BlackRock Reviews in London, England

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
639 Reviews

3.4
639 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO 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.  

    top company to work for, highly satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - enormous prestige / CV
    - name on the street, sell-side coverage
    - work life balance
    - less pressure at the beginning of your career
    - no sell side manners, people very nice / open / helpful
    - also a lot depends on in which PMG team you end up and how they treat / train junior PMs, and whether they let you do only some middle office work or actually take risk (in my case was few months of grunt work, then risk taking with small limits and mentoring by senior PMs)

    Cons

    - real money attitude mostly, sometimes with longer investment horizon (depending on the asset class), but basically if you want to do intraday trading BlackRock is not a place to go
    - pay is smaller compared to sell side, at least at the beginning, later on it is highly skewed to seniors / team CIOs who are performing the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent firm and great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    It is a great firm with many advantages; great benefits plan, good work life balance, and interesting work content. Most important thing is that people are always nice and ready to help.

    Cons

    It doesn't have a big presence in Asia. But the company is expanding very fast. Who knows what's gonna happen in the next few years?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, hard working but fun.

    Cons

    Remains very NY-centric, and people will often refer decisions to senior management even if it is within their remit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    de-centralise management - there are good people outside NY who can get the job done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tremendous growth opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 5 years

    Pros

    Global footprint and variety of roles available. Customer focused culture. Demands strong performance.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, hierarchical, politics driven culture. Frequent organization reorganizations. Decision making can be slow. Complex matrix organization structure, difficult to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agile,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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