BlackRock
3.2 of 5 556 reviews
www.blackrock.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

BlackRock Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.2 556 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink

Laurence D. Fink

(407 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/life balance is probably the only thing good -- but that does depend on your manager"
    in 32 reviews
  • "Opportunity to grow; ability to work with smart people;"
    in 42 reviews
Cons:
  • "if you want any type of work life balance rethink your idea to join this firm"
    in 53 reviews
  • "Long hours, but that is to come with the terrority of any job"
    in 43 reviews
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Great prospects. Very political but so are all large corporations.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BlackRock

ProsGood pay and benefits. Lots of smart people.

ConsPolitics. You will get promoted 80% based on this.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to be more of a meritocracy.

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

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Great learning environment for an intern at the leading asset management firm.

Summer Analyst (Former Employee)
Princeton, NJ

I worked at BlackRock as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe culture is supportive and hours are not excessively demanding. The management in my group was extremely knowledgable and experienced.

ConsFar commute for me, nothing to do in Princeton. No structured training program to teach fundamentals. There was not too much opportunity to interact with other groups in the firm.

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

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Truly professional and great env to work

Senior Java Developer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Prosgreat environment
People friendly
good tech folks arnd

Consgoing up the ladder is difficult

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

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Business Development Associate (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

Proswork culture, personal growth, competitive Wall Street salary

ConsTypical Wall Street hours, however nothing much to complain about

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disorganized and difficult to navigate

Director (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart people, pockets of excellence, market leader, great brand. Global and ubiquitous

ConsI worked here for just over a year having been recruited from a prestigious investment bank. Joined with other smart people, all of whom have since moved on due to frustrations with how decisions are made and the lack of consistency between mgmt strategy and implementation. Very frustrating experience

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire people too senior and skilled for the job you really need. Sometimes you need B players.

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Decent place to work

Vice President (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWell managed ship for its size. Good brand value. A number of talented folks in the firm

ConsTop heavy organization with limited opportunities for career growth. Poor technology

Advice to Senior ManagementWe're not innovators. Let's be clear about that

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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might be good for moms and pops. bad for young, aspiring ppl

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BlackRock

Prosstable job, good hours, easy-going work environment

Consinflexible system, too much company politics, bad compensation, no pay for performance.
a bunch of incapable middle managers holding on to the job and doing nothing

Advice to Senior Managementfire old and hire young

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Stable (Relative to Street) But Bureaucratic and a little bit too political

Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsDecent pay though not the best. Relatively successful business model. Culture generally promote ethical behavior. Work (in Portfolio Analytic) can sometimes be rewarding.

ConsPMG dominance, a senior PM person is always right attitude. Uncritical of true value add, cost vs. benefits. Management throw bodies at problems without real coordination or coaching.

Advice to Senior Management1) Fire people who are unproductive (we all know who they are), they suck hundreds of millions out of the firm each year without meaningful contributions
2) Silence selfish, tunnel visioned senior PMs/Traders who are hogging resource w/o adding value to clients + bottom line. This way you get more people working on high impact positive NPV projects
3) Stop hiring clueless business degree grads into junior roles without telling them how much they need to be comfortable with technology on while recruiting campus

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Business Finance Analyst (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

Pros- Smart bunch of people
- Team-oriented environment

Cons- Work-life balance is more work heavy

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

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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BlackRock

ProsGreat work environment and leadership.

ConsCould be better communication.

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