Bloomberg BNA Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Company, Good People, and some perks

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Former Intern - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Solid Management that offers great guidance to junior team members. Good perks including spacious offices, a full pantry offering snacks and beverages available to employees free of charge, situated above the crystal city underground mall making it easy to get to even in rough weather.

    Cons

    6 month trial period during which you could be let go for any reason. I worked as a summer employee so this was not a problem for me, but I did watch someone get fired while I was there just weeks shy of the end of the trial period and with almost no indication there was any problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great company all around

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Former Contractor - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA as a contractor

    Pros

    The snack pantry is a blessing and a curse.

    Cons

    If you're a contractor/temp it may take a while to be hired full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. A once-great company could be great again

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor-Writer III in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Editor-Writer III in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bloomberg BNA employs a lot of smart people. Most editorial employees have a solid understanding of very specialized topics -- benefits and pension law, environment safety and health regulation, trade regulation and tax codes -- sometimes better than officials or practitioners. Developers, marketers and programmers, who for many years did a lot with few resources, now have the support of the new parent company, Bloomberg, L.P. I see great opportunities for people with the talent and motivation to seize them.

    Cons

    Bloomberg BNA is in the midst of a transition as it becomes a part of the Bloomberg family. The challenge is to retain and enhance what's best about Bloomberg BNA and wed that to what's best about Bloomberg, L.P. However, there are potential obstacles: 1) a "We've always done it this way" attitude of some long-time Bloomberg BNA employees and 2) an inability of Bloomberg, L.P. leadership to distinguish between when the company has been smart and when it simply was lucky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More closely observe morale and work culture. Work to reconcile conflicting work cultures and styles. Invest in team-building, especially across departments working on the same product(s). Better explain company values and visions as well as corporate strategy so that employees can understand what those mean for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Educational company with great values

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, great work/life balance. Good company and starting to modernize due to the Bloomberg buyout

    Cons

    There seems to be a tension between the BNA and Bloomberg way of doing things that was still being figured out, but it seemed to be coming together.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Low Pay and No Professional Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Law Editor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Tax Law Editor in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Easy to impress managers with low levels of effort, as most of the older "editors" are not go-getters.

    Cons

    Company doesn't even pay lip service to professional development.
    Low pay for complexity of work involved.
    No clear direction from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start encouraging employees to acquire new skills.
    Stop letting the "print versions" of products dictate what work should/needs to be done. Start focusing on more efficient real-time updates to electronic platforms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    A once-great company continues its slow decline into mediocrity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits thanks to half of the employees being represented by a union. Although I am in management, I receive the same benefits. Many dedicated employees who care about the quality of their work.

    Cons

    Acquisition by Bloomberg in 2011 is leading to changes in culture. The initial buyout was very beneficial for longtime employees who owned a lot of stock in this former employee-owned company. The Bloomberg people from New York are gradually taking over operations. Top management says this will be a nimble company that will react quickly to changes in the marketplace. The reality is that office politics and a heavy-handed process of managing to Goals and Objectives make this a company that is not very innovative at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than continuously encouraging older workers to retire, acknowledge the wealth of experience and knowledge these employees represent and leverage their abilities to grow the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Horrible morale, middle management gets constantly abused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Pantry, some coworkers are great to work with

    Cons

    Working hard and being creative does NOT get you ahead here. This company is the worst in terms of politics and pettiness. This company spends more time reorganizing than producing anything, just to avoid upper management ever having to be accountable for anything. It's all a charade!

    In general it's no better than the cliques you find in high school. Upper management holds everyone to different standards than themselves, and the president is the worst! Game playing is the rule, and being a good employee is meaningless. It's a wonder they make any money the way most people here behave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll up your own sleeves and do some work and frankly grow up. Look beyond the butt kissing and really appreciate top who is doing the good work and accomplishing stuff. And stop the constant reorganizing and shuffling the deck chairs on the titanic to hide your horrible management and the fact you don't get results.

    I've worked at several companies over fifteen years and this was by far the worst one I've ever worked at with the worst morale!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great company, lots of history, lots of energy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    High expectations, high reward
    Great resources and encouragement for trying new things
    Focused on the big picture
    Well-respected brand and products to work with

    Cons

    Crystal City is not as exciting as downtown DC
    Big company, complex/unweildly systems for website, HR, accounting, ect.
    Lots of different divisions, don't always know what other areas of the company are working on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Marketing Project Coordinator - Temp

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    Current Contractor - Marketing Project Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Current Contractor - Marketing Project Coordinator in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great compensation, good location, great resources for employees

    Cons

    Emergency Closing Policy (does not close for weather conditions) can make commute worse

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Working at the Bureau of National Affairs was a satisfying and rewarding experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Test Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - QA Test Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very employee oriented
    Employee pantry stocked 24/7
    Fair Market Salaries in the technical field
    Great staff of people to work with
    Fast paced work environment

    Cons

    Bloomberg management is changing the environment and if is becoming increasingly harder for people to get things done the way that they need to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the needs of employees who have been with the company for a long period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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