BlackRock
3.2 of 5 597 reviews
www.blackrock.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

BlackRock Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.2 597 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink

Laurence D. Fink

(433 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
597 Employee Reviews
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Pros:
  • "Cannot think of any opportunities for growth, though the work-life balance is okay"
    in 37 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 56 reviews
  • "Long hours, but that is to come with the terrority of any job"
    in 45 reviews
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    Good company for internship

    Software Development Intern (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood work environment. People are really nice. You may learn a lot other than programming, like how to save money for retirement... HAHA... They hold interesting events for interns. No free food but free coffee. A good option to spend sometime in the city.

    ConsNo relocation while the other tech companies pay for intern housing. The rent for apartment will cost most of your paycheck since it is a short term leasing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsStrong company, good values/ethics. Smart people. Successful

    ConsOrganizational structure keeps changing. Long hours, demanding

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture overall. Development experience could be better.

    Web Developer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe people are generally very nice. The office has an amazing view of the greater Seattle area. Not much micromanaging.

    ConsThe development experience is pretty terrible. Locked into a Windows stack. Admin privileges are very difficult to get and use as data is very confidential.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsProfessional and respectful environment. Performance driven. Everyone works hard and long hours. Great culture.

    ConsNo work life balance. More emphasis is placed on driving the company forward and not on employees personal growth and development. Managers keep knowledge/communications to themselves. No training or coaching for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on employee engagement and development with management. Create succession plans. Promote work life balance initiatives in each group.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Focused on one thing....making money

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery smart people but mostly young in their 30's. Salaries are competitive.

    ConsVery long hours, if you are not an investor you're kind of second class

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good work/life balance but culture is stale and paper pushing runs rampant

    Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood name on resume
    Great work life balance (8-5 easily)
    Nice coworkers, smart people
    If your main concern is collecting a paycheck and coasting, you've hit the jackpot
    Decent pay to start (significant pay increases seem to be rare/impossible once you're there
    Definitely not a terrible place to work

    ConsDepends greatly on your division but there is a lot of dissatisfaction at the company now (and has been for years). Not meritocratic - at least at the VP/Associate level. I see teams that are overstaffed with people who seem to spend most of their time on busy work or twiddling their thumbs in an effort to look like they're adding value. My biggest personal complaint at the Associate level is that I haven't had opportunities to challenge myself or expand my professional skills in a meaningful way. Career growth is definitely possible but it's all about networking. Clearly, networking should be a portion of a good career growth strategy, but it shouldn't be the only thing (in my opinion). If you're looking for an opportunity to develop professional skills and feel like you're making a real contribution (not just pushing paper), I'd be quite careful in accepting a job in the SF office. The company claims loudly to encourage internal promotion but it's simply not the case. Open positions are overwhelmingly filled by overqualified candidates, often from the outside. The result is a workplace where employees in many divisions aren't provided with any real career opportunity besides using the BLK name to find a better gig.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage internal promotion (for real). Get to know something about what's going on beneath you. You should know what your direct reports (and their teams) are actually doing on a day-to-day basis. Many don't.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Proslooking to grow and improve. client focused. trying to do things better internally

    Constop heavy. constantly trying to catch up with itself after aggressive inorganic growth.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros-Good work life balance
    -Strong investment in the growth of their employees

    Cons-Too big to the point it takes a long time to make a decision

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Wilmington, DE

    ProsOpen cubicle, benefits, friendly co-workers,

    Consno flex time, micro-management, high turnover in operation, lack of leadership,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A complete education - positive and negative

    Vice President - Individual Contributor (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is nothing like the resources of a firm the size and with the prestige of BlackRock to be able to work on interesting projects.

    ConsIt's gotten almost too big. Good advice would be to get your experience, and move on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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