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BlackRock Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
714 Reviews
3.3
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management cares about work life balance and actively seeks ways to improve it (in 50 reviews)

  • these are very smart people with tremendous resources spread across the globe (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • I can tell from the analysts I worked with that work-life balance was not great (in 71 reviews)

  • Very long hours, if you are not an investor you're kind of second class (in 50 reviews)

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  1.  

    Incredible story of global brand growth, yet regulatory pressure abounds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Consistent client-first fiduciary culture.
    Flat management style, employees expected to cross over and connect dots, lots of skip-level interaction.
    Average age within firm is still young and young people can shine
    Sr Mgt sponsors innovation labs, "hackathons" and mobility.
    Not a political place, relative other financials.
    Compensation is a discount to other FS, but less volatile.

    Cons

    Negative regulatory climate forcing new bureaucracy.
    Legal and Operations depts strain to keep up with new demands from every country, often duplicative.
    Technology can't automate manual processes fast enough. Technology foundation starting to show its age.
    Compensation is a discount to other FS, but less volatile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The brand name is stellar. Continue to use this for client good, influence market forces and structure. Don't let anything sully the brand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Excellent all around!

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    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
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    VP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great brand in asset management world!

    Cons

    Not a true meritocracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Particular division is not exciting, but fun/young people to work with

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at BlackRock as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good morale from analysts and higher-ups
    Ability to take initiative to learn new areas
    Ability to laterally move into other areas

    Cons

    Pay was not good (although I think they upped this for future inters)
    Back-office (not exciting work load)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No significant complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Many rewarding days...but some FML days

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people and a great environment to learn.
    Global reach makes it easier to gain diverse experiences and also travel a bit.
    From an investments perspective, BLK does everything

    Cons

    Work like balance can be a stretch at times. As company grows, its becoming less like the startup it once used to be. BLK might also be a little too large to be as nimble as it can be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Work with a bunch of smart people. Great bunch of folks.

    Cons

    Getting to the top is not easy as you are working with a bunch of smart folks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See through the weeds. Smart people exist everywhere in the organization, sometimes you need to dig deeper.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Amazing work culture.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    The technologies used might be outdated.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company for new starters.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice company culture. Opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive compensation. Technology is not up to date

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good memorable productive experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    Transparent,Good working culture, Good benefits

    Cons

    Less Career Growth, hierrachical, resist for change in architecture.

    Recommends

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