BlackRock Reviews

Updated July 2, 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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  1. No free lunch!!

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quite Challenging in a positive way and Management wants your BEST!!

    Cons

    No free lunches!! It's almost impossible for IT people to move into Business side.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money on Employee Anniversaries, Group Celebrations and Cheer and Boost Employee Morale. Setup programs that will encourage as well prepare dedicated Non Investment Employees into Business.


  2. BlackRock VP

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Vice President in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Good 401K matching (50% of the first 8%)
    - Competitive salary and bonus

    Cons

    Work life balance could use some work.


  3. BLK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    Good place to work after undergrad

    Cons

    Hard to transfer internally sometimes


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  5. A great finance company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart and enthusiast colleages. Support a work life balance (depending on the manager and location). World leaders in their field; mentorship and career growth are all of importance.

    Cons

    Terrible pay for performance and do not apply traditional best practices for project and business analysis.


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    Former employee

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    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Successful global leader. Opportunity to learn in a complex industry. Good salaries and bonuses. Friendly, positive staff. Energetic work environment.

    Cons

    New York based/biased with a focus on growth through standardization and automation. If you're located beyond the traditional northeast home office the the end-game for this company may be to make your job redundant as quickly as possible. There is a longstanding goal to absorb San Francisco functions over to New York. Senior New York management will schedule standing meetings with SF staff at 6AM PT (rather than say, 9AM PT) to remind you that they can.

    Advice to Management

    Make a greater effort to measure the benefits and costs value of local expertise and experience before stripping them down.


  7. Great company, cares about you as an employee, irrespective of level

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, smart people, collaborative, always willing to help/make time

    Cons

    None that come off instantly, depends on nature of work itself


  8. Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Great Culture
    - Good work life balance
    - Great networking atmosphere and events
    - Professionalism

    Cons

    - Long Hours at certain times of the month, depending on your team
    - Hard to get promoted within a certain amount of time

    Advice to Management

    - Connect with people at all levels in order to understand what can be improved and how to reduce the turnover rate.


  9. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    People and systems are among the best in the business, global reach and brand recognition open doors, great investment products

    Cons

    The firm is very large and might have lost its unique sense of identity. It may be difficult for some to understand the culture of the firm

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees who excel, create careers for new entrants, do not lose sight of the firm's vision, stay true to your roots


  10. Vice President

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Global scale, brand recognition, mobility and career development

    Cons

    Centrally managed as 'small business'


  11. Client Service Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainfield, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work and advance in your career. Management and co-workers encourage growth

    Cons

    With everyone trying to move to the next step it was steep competition.



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