BlackRock Reviews in London, England

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
628 Reviews
3.3
628 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
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453 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Fantastic for the CV

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Happy

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

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Organised, robust, well-paying, BlackRock has a very great deal to recommend it to many potential emplyees

    Cons

    Conventional: BlackRock is a bastion of ther finaincial services industray and athe kargest investor in the workld. As a result it is prudent and risk averse.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent firm and great people

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Overall good experience, lovely people and a nice workplace.

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    Current Employee - Technology Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people are great, as well as the offices. Good attitude towards work and learning, with plenty of opportunities for those who want to excel.

    Cons

    Not that great of a place for people who want to work in Tech, unless they have a passion for finance along with it. I went in thinking that it would satisfy my geeky needs for flexible programming languages and new technologies, sadly I was mistaken. This was my fault, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Make sure to keep encouraging new talent and try to remain flexible, even though it's hard in such a big company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good workplace

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Good company culture and easy environment to work in.

    Cons

    Career progression is promoted but not supported.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowee more employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • 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

    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
  8.  

    Vice President, Business Development

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    • 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 8 years

    Pros

    Great corporate culture
    Tremendous learning opportunities given breadth of fund range and Market coverage
    Strong senior management

    Cons

    Poor bonus compensation structure for sales force
    Increasingly Bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve compensation structure and ease administrative and bureaucratic challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Excellent forward-looking Financial Services Firm

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

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flat culture, access to senior management, innovative, exciting and good sense of integrity. Would fully recommend as a financial services employer.

    Cons

    Quite a low profile outside of the industry, often confused with other firms as a result. Other than that, it is mostly positives. Although I may have been lucy with a good team/ manger.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top reputation & good career opportunities but significantly below average compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

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