BlackRock Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
649 Reviews
3.3
649 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink
Laurence D. Fink
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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
  • if you want any type of work life balance rethink your idea to join this firm (in 67 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting job, limited growth potential, depressed personnel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk and Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Risk and Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice office, good direct manager, good benefits

    Cons

    port work-life balance, poor compensation for analyst/associate level employees, limited growth opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    They took the soul out of iShares.

    Former Employee - E-Business in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - E-Business in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BlackRock as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Depends on the group you are in. Better to be in headquarters in New Jersey where the seat of power is.

    Cons

    Not creative, very hierarchal. Everything dictated out of the New Jersey HQ. California people are just puppets.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    to big too fast

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    Comp was ok, culture was fear

    Cons

    Mgt was not willing to delegate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower

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  5.  

    Good place to cut your teeth, not a great place to grow

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

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Global name, vast product exposure, global network of some really great people

    Cons

    Rigid promotional structures, slow moving to changes in careers and there are a lot of people in managerial positions who shouldn't be there. The performance management system is unclear and support of HR is squarely with the firm and not the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture clash between BLK and BGI is still apparent and has never really been dealt with well properly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start a career

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

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

    Pros

    Abundant training, patient coworkers and a friendly work environment. Easy to move around the company after a year or two.

    Cons

    Slow progression and salary gain on the lower levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agressively promote within the company in the operational roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible culture. No interest in people development. Managers with no integrity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Relationship Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Relationship Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Financial wellness focus. Retirement fund. Merrill Lynch advisor program to help you manage your earnings.

    Cons

    Highly political. Doesn't matter how you treat people as long as you make money. Deeply seeded racism and bias in promotion process. No understanding or commitment to diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR is not there just to keep you out of jail. The right people in that function can help address cultural issues. The desire to change has to start from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    decent company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Well respected financial company in the world. Though it would seem like odd management style, the senior leaders care about the company

    Cons

    not a typical company with straight forward management reporting lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company. Great People.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Securities Lending Product Services Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Securities Lending Product Services Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Solid people and a solid culture.

    Cons

    Some teams are stretched thin and limited training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great firm!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Work life balance, competitive pay, low risk company. The culture at BlackRock driver innovation.

    Cons

    Internal politics can make it difficult to move forward.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best in class

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (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

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