BlackRock Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
Laurence D. Fink
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good (dependent on department) (in 50 reviews)

  • Very smart people but mostly young in their 30's (in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a great sense of work/life balance (in 71 reviews)

  • Can be long hours but fairly compensated for them (in 50 reviews)

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833 Employee Reviews

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  1. Great Company and Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Financial Reporting Associate in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Financial Reporting Associate in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Culture and Activities!

    Cons

    Long work hours and office politics


  2. Associate

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive and challenging atmosphere. Good for learning.

    Cons

    Some long hours at certain times of year.

    Advice to Management

    A little too cut throat in treatment of employees.


  3. Great company - terrific management - growing pains

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, comp, senior management. Company is in good hands.

    Cons

    Middle-management weak in many areas. Some areas are strong. Needs a "cleaning of the slate"... too many managers, meetings... not enough leaders.

    Advice to Management

    More leaders, less management


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  5. Great Experience! I learned so much!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good culture Great benefits Fantastic growth story

    Cons

    Rapid and vast growth has increased politics. Bound to happen but still disappointing when it does.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the little people who helped you build the firm.


  6. Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good culture, friendly boss, various fellow background

    Cons

    hour, steep learning curve, long orientation day


  7. Financial Advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with lots of benefits

    Cons

    Very political company but good management

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. Vice President, Global Technology Services

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting field of work, variety of opportunities, great people, solid management, excellent base pay, bonus and benefits. Generally, a people culture, with sound principles.

    Cons

    A bit overworked, at times, a little office politics; mostly, for me, the rigidity of banded salaries, and annual review/promotions was the hardest aspect. Company needs to be move faster, be more competitive in the labor market. Company principles are sound but not espoused or practiced by all management layers.

    Advice to Management

    The firm has a solid set of principles on which it operates and needs to make sure the firm's culture, at the smallest team unit level, embraces the principles in day to day operations. I believe that an approach like "Undercover Boss" might help Larry and the top-management team understand the firm's base corpus best. There are great people there, stifled by the firm's rigid structure (in terms of the time of pay and promotions) so also reconsider the notion of annual reviews. I am not convinced that it works. It is old and if the firm wants to embrace is technology spirit, then it needs to do away with reviews altogether.


  9. Proud to work here

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good brand recognition (largest asset manager in the world), decent salaries, good C-suite management

    Cons

    Little to no conversations about growth in role, absurd amount of work, crazy hours


  10. Good company for ambitious people

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and some great colleagues - plenty of opportunities to grow your career. Incredible brand.

    Cons

    Becoming more difficult to be efficient- some areas are getting rather murky and there is a lot of change & ambiguity, leading to lots of wheel-recreating. Also might not being out the best behaviors in some people. But that is all pretty typical for corporations of this size & stature.

    Advice to Management

    Realign your philosophy and stick to it for a while...stop getting distracted by the next shiny new thing...the grass is not always greener.


  11. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and start a career. Their benefits and pay were amazing and so were the people. They also had great hours for a finance company.

    Cons

    Not many downsides at all. Everyone was great and it helped me launch my career. They don't provide meals like tech companies do which may be the only downside.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. Continue doing what you are doing. The company has been wildly successful with the current management and it will continue to do so.



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