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BlackRock Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
748 Reviews
3.4
748 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very high compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Paid very well, profit sharing, high standards . Very smart motivated co workers . No one is just hanging out.

    Cons

    Hours are demanding. Market hours plus travel , late afternoon calls. Ambitious co workers leads to aggressive competion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    People compensation location bonus and value of work. The office location is great and the size of my team is perfect. The benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    I really like everything about the company. I cannot complain about much at the company. Maybe that the compensation is below investment banks, which was the main problem about the job for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    It has been a positive experience, tempered mostly by ill-placed aspirations to be a technology company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Largest asset manager in the world means you operate at a massive scale. Things that wouldn't matter anywhere else actually add up to a worthwhile payoff here.

    Cons

    The company feels even bigger then it is. The culture is fairly stifling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go a little bit. Create internal markets and let a very talented workforce find the best way to achieve their goals.

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  5.  

    Associate - Client Service

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with bright, motivated people

    Cons

    Competitive and intense, lots of overhead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better leadership roles for junior positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An incredible learning experience

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Equity Research Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    great place to learn a lot in a relatively short amount of time, lots of very experienced and qualified individuals

    Cons

    sometimes feels quite corporate, feels like you are taking time away from other employees when asking them questions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a more welcoming/relaxed atmosphere for inexperienced individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Culture, Talented Coworkers, Poor Work-Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture. Junior staff are extremely talented.

    Cons

    New additions to the firm are political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for middle managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very friendly people, IT was a drag, overall felt directionless.

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    Former Intern - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Web Developer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There were a lot of very friendly people that wanted to propel me forward. There was a lot of opportunity to learn more about the company and the work that they did. I was given a lot of time to do research to find the best strategy to perform my work. Generally there was never too much of a rush and work life balance was supreme. I could to choose my hours as school picked up or calmed down.

    Cons

    My workstation was locked down. I was stuck in windows with very little ability to modify or install software. As a result my work was slow as I could not use tools that would make me most effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way for people in software to more freely develop. There is very sensitive data at stake so I have some level of understanding.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, team and environment.

    Cons

    Very few cons, working with top flight management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Great culture
    Founders still work there

    Cons

    Orientation training is not very intensive or in-depth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    good place to start your career

    Cons

    rewards is less recognized. Gets too big.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every manager is fit to be a manager. Pick managers wisely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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