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BlackRock Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
39 Reviews
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39 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
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39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management cares about work life balance and actively seeks ways to improve it (in 50 reviews)

  • these are very smart people with tremendous resources spread across the globe (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • I can tell from the analysts I worked with that work-life balance was not great (in 71 reviews)

  • Very long hours, if you are not an investor you're kind of second class (in 50 reviews)

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  1.  

    An incredible learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Research Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Equity Research Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    great place to learn a lot in a relatively short amount of time, lots of very experienced and qualified individuals

    Cons

    sometimes feels quite corporate, feels like you are taking time away from other employees when asking them questions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a more welcoming/relaxed atmosphere for inexperienced individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    BlackRock is an industry leader with strong capabilities in many aspects of the asset management industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The breadth of product means we can truly be consultative to clients and don't have to push one product

    Cons

    The sheer size and complexity of the firm is daunting. Rapid pace of change and ever increasing expectations leads to frequent re-organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the pace of change and while you invest in training management skills, hold your leaders responsible for actually putting them into practice. There are many managers in the firm that should not be leading teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Summer Internship at Portfolio Analytics Group

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Summer Internship in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Summer Internship in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very nice. They tend to teach you a lot of things. And you get to learn a lot through speaker series etc

    Cons

    This group is kinda middle office, career path is a problem

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Depends on the team...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was proud to be part of the largest asset management firm in the world. It is relatively easy to move between groups, cities or relocate to other countries if you work hard and prove yourself worthy. Great to work with really talented people. The company matches donations and encourages volunteering.

    Cons

    Some groups are more equal than others - if you're a portfolio manager, you're treated like gold. If you work in IT, chances are there won't be a budget available for additional training and very limited opportunities for much-needed business travel. Having teams spread around the world in different timezones means that you're expected to attend meetings at weird hours, like 6am or 10pm.

    Recommends
  6.  

    It's been very productive so far.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The firm is involved in all sectors of the market so there is a excellent breadth of opportunities to be involved in.

    Cons

    The firm has grown in size and this becomes an issue. This makes it very hard to get noticed and it takes time to get anything kicked off the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for personal growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Now you're just a company that I used to know..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Progressive company with a strong message of responsibility and ethics. There are many areas for career growth and the ability to work with some of the top minds in their respective field is simply amazing. From Physicist, to Mathematicians, Scientist, and Entrepreneurs BlackRock has them all.

    Cons

    The technology could be managed better in terms of business processes, and management. The staffing model of the I.T. support area is VERY weak and far below par on what BlackRock provides to its external customers. Good employees are never hired as full time and leave taking much needed knowledge with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher an external consultant to work with America's Technology Support that has auto industry experience in ISO-9001 and Six Sigma. The current leadership does not understand the value in having 100% stream line processes, and improving upon that. Technology Support should be approached with the same goal as manufacturing, to create a perfect product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice and willing to answer questions. Could also learn from other groups. Compensation is not the best but ok for a living.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not good. Very busy and require a lot of over-time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company. Great People.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Securities Lending Product Services Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Securities Lending Product Services Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid people and a solid culture.

    Cons

    Some teams are stretched thin and limited training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    8-5

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very eight-to-five; most people work 8-5 and a few extra hours on occasion. the company is situated right at the heart of downtown with all the energy that the city brings. The environment is very professional, with casual fridays being quite trendy.

    Cons

    there are no annual salary base increases. if you're not in the core business of the company. overall not too many cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Truly professional and great env to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Java Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Java Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    great environment
    People friendly
    good tech folks arnd

    Cons

    going up the ladder is difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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