BlackRock Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
650 Reviews
3.3
650 Reviews
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BlackRock Chairman and CEO 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
  • 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 name, but limited upward mobility.

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Largest investment manager by asset in the world

    Cons

    Highly limited upward mobility
    Management keen to cut down cost

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    top company, but increasingly bureaucratic...

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    BlackRock is a well respected company, a true leader in the industry. Upper management appears to care about employees and takes feedback seriously. The company attracts fantastic talent.

    Cons

    It has become a more and more bureaucratic place to work at. There are very frequent structural reorganizations which can be exhausting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic, always changing, highly political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    For the right person, it's a great place to be. An ambitious, intellectually curious person who is not daunted by ambiguity can really thrive here. There are abundant opportunities but you need to keep your head up looking for them. There is no such thing as a standard functional role. Networking is absolutely key to getting things done.

    Cons

    You don't want to be in the wrong seat at the wrong time. Things change quickly, you can feel secure in your job one minute, be deemed redundant the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm would benefit from finding ways of advancing more women to higher levels in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    BlackRock was a formative journey during a challenging time in the world of finance; I look fondly upon my time there.

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Collaboration, innovation, risk aversion, responsibility to the client and to other stakeholders is ingrained in the culture, we do what we say and we say what we do.

    Cons

    Only the drawbacks of a large organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people at the lowest ranks in the organization who have their ears down to the ground can at times provide the best insight into customer and client needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    BLK has been a horrible experience!

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, but too conservative to really be a thought leader now.

    Cons

    No longer innovating, pushing active management junk on the market, trying to be everything to every client and at the same time paying literally no attention to the people that help make the business worth purchasing in the first place. If you stay there, you deserve each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves. No one like you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of learning, hard working place, people are nice

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great brand name, lots of learning, nice people

    Cons

    Sometimes there are silos, feels too big at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Days at BlackRock

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Gorgeous offices, great (if confusing) technology

    Cons

    No privacy, everyone sits at long tables. People are unfriendly to newcomers. Their technology systems are staggerly complex, and it often takes more than a week to get a phone set up, have a simple distribution list created and gain access to their travel and expense system. They also tend to hire contract employees, some of whom have been there for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would keep a close eye on your managers. The way people are treated is very unkind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    BLK

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    normal working hours, few global calls, company is located in the financial district downtown SF. Always something happening around the area.

    Cons

    professional development is limited if you're not in sales. Pretty siloed into your own org and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on your talent - if you don't, others will

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for only if you are located in HQ

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Good company, leader in Asset Management and Finance Industry. Very well established. Business leaders are very knowledgable, and experts in their areas.

    Cons

    No career growth and no leadership opportunities, if located in San Francisco. Actually career goes downhill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act as a true global company. Distribute management and expand in strategic locations. Provide career opportunities in these locations, not only in NYC. BlackRock acquired BGI. Not only great business acquisition, but also great talent and skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very focused on 40% margins

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Progressive CEO.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of steering committees, making it a very tough place to innovate.
    Policy is to do regular layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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