BlackRock Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
650 Reviews
3.3
650 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
Laurence D. Fink
463 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Career progression, good management & the company embraces work life balance (in 48 reviews)

  • these are very smart people with tremendous resources spread across the globe (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • I can tell from the analysts I worked with that work-life balance was not great (in 68 reviews)

  • Very long hours, if you are not an investor you're kind of second class (in 48 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at BlackRock part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are genuine and very helpful. The corporate structure is very flat. I was only an intern when I worked there, but they really valued my time and treated me well. For analysts, there are great benefits and the pay is good (which was also true for interns).

    Cons

    I can tell from the analysts I worked with that work-life balance was not great. For the first 5 years or so expect to be working 60 hour weeks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Now you're just a company that I used to know..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Progressive company with a strong message of responsibility and ethics. There are many areas for career growth and the ability to work with some of the top minds in their respective field is simply amazing. From Physicist, to Mathematicians, Scientist, and Entrepreneurs BlackRock has them all.

    Cons

    The technology could be managed better in terms of business processes, and management. The staffing model of the I.T. support area is VERY weak and far below par on what BlackRock provides to its external customers. Good employees are never hired as full time and leave taking much needed knowledge with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher an external consultant to work with America's Technology Support that has auto industry experience in ISO-9001 and Six Sigma. The current leadership does not understand the value in having 100% stream line processes, and improving upon that. Technology Support should be approached with the same goal as manufacturing, to create a perfect product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Modeling Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Modeling Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenge and diversity

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, may be hard to stand out to management

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are nice and willing to answer questions. Could also learn from other groups. Compensation is not the best but ok for a living.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not good. Very busy and require a lot of over-time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PAG Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - PAG Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people and a culture of learning. Still feels like a startup. Market leader and the best asset-management firm by far.

    Cons

    It is a very big company with a lot of options and jobs so you have to know what your interests are. They could do a better job of describing what you will do day-to-day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work if you can handle stress!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IShares ETFs in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IShares ETFs in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Training and responsibility for those who are ready to accept challenges. BlackRock name is tops in the industry.

    Cons

    At times it can be a very stressful environment, must be able to complete assignments quickly with very little guidance at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation is fair, company does provide excellent training opportunities that offer chances for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too big ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot of information on different financial markets.
    Strong company values.
    Customers are always first
    Strong culture on training
    Steady promotions at the junior level

    Cons

    Diificult to grow here from a career perspective
    Too many internal businesses competing with each other for the same client assets.
    Promotions at higher levels are more driven by politics and whom you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull senior staff who do not increase revenues.
    Don't just rotate out juniors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    typical corporate culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pretty good work life balance support. Opportunities for lateral moves (across different positions, regions and departments). Decent benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Too much office politics which stifles collaboration and drives employees to focus more on personal recognition. Frequent org changes. Teams seem disconnected and disorganized.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good hours, nice people, but just a job not career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Hours are great, people are nice, $ per effort is ok, benefits could be considered as good for some people - for married people, maternal paternal leaves are great

    Cons

    No good perks like tech firm, chill but upside is limited, too much bureaucracy, top heavy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is no longer a rising star - you gotta be more innovative to stay on the top for long

  11.  

    Worst Company in the Financial Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BlackRock Solutions in New York, NY
    Former Employee - BlackRock Solutions in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Reputation, and that's about it.

    Cons

    Fake, Uncultured, Incompetent People & Worst HR Process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending to be better than a bank because even banks have a better culture and work life balance than this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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