BlackRock Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
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  1. Enjoyable people make a job feel like a career.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good culture and open door policy.

    Cons

    None at the moment, still looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Further Transparency with promotions and salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Associate - Client Service

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with bright, motivated people

    Cons

    Competitive and intense, lots of overhead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better leadership roles for junior positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Culture, Talented Coworkers, Poor Work-Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture. Junior staff are extremely talented.

    Cons

    New additions to the firm are political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for middle managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Career Path

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    - a lot of smart people
    - giving more freedom to the tech teams

    Cons

    - no career path to stay on the tech side of things
    - advancement is definitely who you know and not what you've done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Industry Leader -

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    name carries a lot of weight in the industry - good place to start a career - young company with opportunity for growth

    Cons

    very political; opportunities based on immediate manager; senior management tend to look after themselves more than develop their reports;

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Excellent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You will be rewarded for all the hard work you put in

    Cons

    Nothing that stands out which is not seen at most of other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Great opportunities at forefront of investment management

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    Great people, a fantastic place to start a career in investment management.
    Good salary, benefits and bonus potential.

    Cons

    There can be lots of red tape at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Excellent all around!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive culture with a huge focus on employee satisfaction and work/life balance. Senior management encourages a work/like balance, but like any firm in the financial services industry, it can be a challenge.

    Excellent focus on promoting from within. Quality resources are available to deepen knowledge of BlackRock's products and services as well as the history of the firm.

    Great sense of community with other BlackRock groups. The pride we all have is infectious and its great to be a part of a firm that strives to increase financial stability for institutions and individuals.

    Larry Fink is a born leader and cares about our clients and employees.

    Cons

    The promotion process is antiquated. That being said, anyone can navigate through it if you are dedicated and have worked to build a great reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider revising the promotion process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Portfolio Analytics Group Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst - Portfolio Analytics Group in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst - Portfolio Analytics Group in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    -Pay is on par with industry standard
    -Big name

    Cons

    -There are many different teams within PAG, but there is NO WAY for you to choose or at least know about the teams before you come. So you may end up in a team that you don't fit in. And certainly there are teams that are much worse than others in terms of culture and career prospect.
    -The work is really technical with heavy use of SQL, Unix, and Perl, and many of the processes involve Aladdin, the in-house tools BlackRock uses. So it's not really a finance job but rather a tech/data job, and the skill set you acquires is very limited, especially if you plan to move to another firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and open about the roles when recruiting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Company has good future, too much politics

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    Current Employee - Associate Portfolio Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Portfolio Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Benefits are market standard
    Work-Life balance is pretty reasonable
    Company has a bright future - especially in fixed income space
    Looks good on resume - respected name by market

    Cons

    Very political environment with overlapping roles (even extends to investment roles)
    Rather difficult for junior employees to rise up
    Internal transfer process is rather unpleasant - base is frozen etc...
    Technology is dated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate overlapping investment roles (is there really a need for the FI CIO to have his own investment professionals which replicate market coverage with product teams?)

    Take inspiration from Silicon Valley technology and make more user friendly technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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