Bloomberg BNA Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Can't beat Bloomberg BNA's work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Pays relatively well and has good benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There was absolutely no opportunity for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • The initial buyout was very beneficial for longtime employees who owned a lot of stock in this former employee-owned company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Legal Editor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits include free parking, the pantry and comprehensive medical benefits.

    Cons

    Open office plan often makes it difficult to concentrate on your work. They have been hiring many VPs and not enough workers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more workers to do the work that the VPs are generating.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Legal editor

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    Current Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, used to have a good work environment, many pleasant interesting people

    Cons

    company not interested in writing and content and legal analysis; incredible bureaucracy; lots of busy work; motto could be "work harder, not smarter"

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people other than each other, recognize that BBNA can't just be a technology company, and not just a newsletter company. speak English, not jargon


  3. Helpful (6)

    Lazy union sandbaggers

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    Former Employee - IT Worker in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - IT Worker in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Company is attempting to modernize a very old industry. Many similar orgs struggle with this. - Great benefits! - Capable executive team. - Nice improvements to the building and safety/security measures.

    Cons

    - Held back by uncompetitive and often lazy unionized "workers" - New security measures are sometimes confusing to legacy employees - Too many complainers (union thinks things like badging are about Big Brother instead of their safety - stupid & paranoid)

    Advice to Management

    Lose the union. They have no place in a modern company.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Lost its luster

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    37.5 hour work week. Free healthcare.

    Cons

    Lots of poor treatment of valued staff. Overworking/underpayment. Consultants came in and took over. Good ole boys club. Run if you're a woman.

    Advice to Management

    None. Just glad I left!


  6. Helpful (6)

    Legal Editor III

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    Current Employee - Senior Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some work/life balance benefits. 3 weeks vacation is okay for a beginner. 401k matches are pretty good for the industry.

    Cons

    Horrible pay/ zero advancement/ horrific management/ ludicrous review system/ increased workload for zero pay/ an absolute dead end job. Go here to have your career die.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the Halogen system. It does nothing to review actual abilities and efforts. Pay more.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Mistake

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    Former Employee - Editor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Editor in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and a Metro accessible location.

    Cons

    I had wanted to work for BNA for years. However, once I landed a position there I was shocked by the way I was treated by my co-workers, especially those above me. It was like working as an intern in a big law firm. I was asked from the first day what I could contribute to team even though there were no team players. If you value your work environment and self-respect than don't work at Bloomberg BNA

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are not just qualified, but have other qualities such as being a team player or leader.


  8. Good business and good work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Bloomberg BNA provides news and information services for lawyers, accountants, and other professionals. The work is generally interesting and there are many smart and creative people. - The level of office politics is relatively low. - Nice physical work environment in headquarters location. - Good pay and benefits. - Free sodas, juice, snacks and fruit. - Lots of community volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    - Lots of new initiatives and shifting strategies in recent years have created some confusion about priorities for the company. - Work and family life balance can be challenging for exempt employees.

    Advice to Management

    Provide additional programs to cultivate and develop in-house talent, and be firm with those who don't pull their weight.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Downfall of BBNA

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    Current Employee - Professional Learning Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Professional Learning Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, which are exceptional. And there is a Union! Ongoing renovation includes new office space that provides a lot of light and encourages interactions with colleagues. Flexible working schedule.

    Cons

    Management or lack there of. I have been with the company for 15 years and I've seen the great BNA destroyed by an incompetent CEO and Michael Bloomberg. BBNA's new Cross Platform Division was created last year. Management is not providing any direction, positive interactions, constructive criticism, or new ideas. Their idea of marketing is to send email blasts. When something does not work, they refuse to admit mistakes or try something new. On the rare occasion when something works well, management discontinues it blaming lack of funds. They keep hiring contractors with the promise of making them permanent but every three months the contracts are extended and they're told there is a hiring freeze. There is a troubling atmosphere of dishonesty, discouragement and destruction.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the ineffective president, VP and a handful of the managers in the Cross Platform Division that are destroying good products, wasting the talents of knowledgable employees, and mishandling relationships with customers.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Worst Ever!

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They made the cube areas nicer though free snacks as an 'incentive' over pay increases? Really?

    Cons

    I have been in sales for a while and get that things change but asking reps to choose a comp plan and then putting us in cross hairs for not 'choosing wisely?' This from the people already drinking from a golden chalice (its really brass plated btw). The wealth of recent posts here paints an accurate picture of the company. It's a mess and getting worse by the quarter (no sales!! no product innovation!!). Maybe this has something to do with a CEO that would rather be liked versus one that knows how to make meaningful and tough decisions. Oh yeah.... have someone else do your bidding for you. Wimp!

    Advice to Management

    Doubtful advice given/taken here could make up for the incompetence of those calling themselves 'leaders' in the new BNA.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Going Agile

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    company invested in going agile across all departments

    Cons

    not much career growth established yet unless someone leaves in upper management

    Advice to Management

    add career paths for all departments



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