Bloomberg BNA Reviews

Updated April 6, 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
  • Low pay, not much room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Great People

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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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are intelligent and love their specialty subject matter.

    Cons

    There is a lot of transition currently, which can be exciting, but also frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    I do not envy the role of captain of a publishing ship.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Since the recent change in leadership in legal sales, employees and clients are no longer believers in the company.

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some really terrific and smart people on the ground willing to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of the market. It's all about trust and many of the sales professionals have worked hard over the years to build that within their markets. When sales believes in the company and its products the clients are more inclined to follow. Some of the culture is localized which means its a bit easier to steer clear of the chaos in HQ and NY.

    Cons

    New president and sales leadership are far too ego driven to care about those in the field representing the company and they are blind to our clients decision processes. Sales results are significantly suffering due to a new culture of short term planning and strategy. New leadership has stated he is only 'in it to break it and see what happens since he does not need the money.' Not sure this helps define success for the rest of us and the company.

    There are also a few senior leaders who hold all the cards and make for a massive bottle neck for sales and the clients. Trust and autonomy are foreign concepts now. In short, nothing really gets done on time. And when selling an 80 year old product that is quickly being displaced by the competition, one would think that 'service' would be of paramount importance.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace and trust those in the field. Understand that although the C-Suite can be highly influential, the decisions are made downstream. Build the analytical tools the market has been asking for and focus less of slicing up and re-selling offerings not in demand. Also, un-bundle sales operations functions and leadership. They are the stale icing on an rapidly decomposing cake.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Sales executive review

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity, good work life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Office culture is on the rise, but still slow

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  5. Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    people, great benefits, location, profit-sharing

    Cons

    i enjoyed my time at BNA

  6. Helpful (2)

    Sales - 8 years and still very happy

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New life to brand after Bloomberg acquisition- but they still remain hands-off while contributing needed cash to grow. Products can sometimes sell themselves and lots of product additions make for unlimited potential. Sales Rep comp plan favors those who work hard and learn the business - best comp plan for those who are self driven. Amazing Benefits - health, life/work balance, free food/drink in office plus energized management and marketing team. Company reimburses phone/internet/cell and travel expense is generous. Some opportunity for advancement: I started as a Rep, moved up to Strategic Sales then Management in four years.

    Cons

    Business is hard to learn unless you are a self starter. If you have to be the expert at everything you do, this could be big struggle. Have to be smart and able to listen and think fast - it's not a "sell the same thing every day" product. You are on your own - working out of your house can get lonely. Have to be able to prospect and get appointments - those who only rely on leads coming in usually fail.

    Advice to Management

    You are on the right track. Encourage cross collaboration between sales, marketing and product folks. Sad to seem some long time employees retire - but they did well in buyout and deserve it. Keep the "small company" feel alive.

  7. Best career opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Energy, Innovation and potential for advancement. Excitement around the Bloomberg LP parent which introduces employees to real-time news events.

    Cons

    Need better training for management. Still stuck in old line management style. Needs to have more strategic planning to allow for success to happen. Too much movement does not allow sufficient time to properly assess results.

    Advice to Management

    Be patient.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good Company, Good People, and some perks

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. Great company all around

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    Former Contractor - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Former Contractor - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  10. Do not take a sales position here

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good products, great new owner, changing for the best, privately owned

    Cons

    Sales process is archaic, sales admin rules the Salesforce, management is poor, turnover in the Salesforce is atrocious, moral is horrible

    Advice to Management

    Retire, resign and turn the company over to Bloomberg managers.

  11. A once-great company could be great again

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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