BlackRock Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
631 Reviews
3.3
631 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
Laurence D. Fink
455 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • While it was not quite as relaxed as the San Francisco office, I found solid work life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • these are very smart people with tremendous resources spread across the globe (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • if you want any type of work life balance rethink your idea to join this firm (in 58 reviews)

  • Very long hours, if you are not an investor you're kind of second class (in 44 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very Positive

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Career progression, good management & the company embraces work life balance

    Cons

    Can involve long hours, fast paced enviroment means the structure is constantly evolving so have to both embrace change & adapt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Compliance  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Portfolio Compliance in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance for employee.

    Cons

    want a better opportunity in career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing well.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great brand, smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    Work/life balance is tilted towards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not BGI, which was a wonderful company to work for.

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

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Money, but not as lucrative as BGI. With the acquisition, came a brain drain, so the NY bankers weren't equipped to deal with the market changes.

    Cons

    Everything else, such as a lack of leadership, transparency, interest in the local office, and the brain drain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't or won't be transparent, at least say that rather than completely lying to your employees. This was true all the way to the top, including Larry Fink. Guess the name should have warned us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    top company to work for, highly satisfied

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - enormous prestige / CV
    - name on the street, sell-side coverage
    - work life balance
    - less pressure at the beginning of your career
    - no sell side manners, people very nice / open / helpful
    - also a lot depends on in which PMG team you end up and how they treat / train junior PMs, and whether they let you do only some middle office work or actually take risk (in my case was few months of grunt work, then risk taking with small limits and mentoring by senior PMs)

    Cons

    - real money attitude mostly, sometimes with longer investment horizon (depending on the asset class), but basically if you want to do intraday trading BlackRock is not a place to go
    - pay is smaller compared to sell side, at least at the beginning, later on it is highly skewed to seniors / team CIOs who are performing the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best in class

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits includign medical, dental, and additional services outside the standard generally provided by employers. Amount of paid time off is generous and compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Compensation does not move with trends. Difficult to get competetive pay for those who have been here for a long time. Extremely competetive for new joiners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst3  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Analyst3 in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Good salary, management, cab facility, work

    Cons

    None, nothing negative , nice culture

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

    Fantastic place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Analyst in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for growth and leadership within your team if you work hard. Solid benefits and compensation. Management cares about work life balance and actively seeks ways to improve it.

    Cons

    401K only vests after 3 years with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Friendlier 401k vesting policy. Allow rolling over unused vacation days year over year (currently a use it or lose policy). Encourage telecommuting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Exp

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Great place to work and one of the finest experience.

    Cons

    To aggressive and need to keep up with pace .

  11.  

    Strongest leadership team on Wall Street

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart people managing the firm -- many of which are founders of the firm
    Highly ethical organization
    Lots of room for career advancement if you work hard

    Cons

    Can be long hours but fairly compensated for them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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