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Bloomberg BNA Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
51 Reviews
2.9
51 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales - 8 years and still very happy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best career opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be patient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good Company, Good People, and some perks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA as an intern (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Great company all around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - 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
  6.  

    Changing environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editorial
    Former Employee - Editorial

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of talent. A good place to start a career. History of excellence.

    Cons

    Changes due to no longer being employee owned, competition, changing marketplace, etc.Less opportunity for experienced staff. Changes may just be a function of the world of media.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A once-great company could be great again

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Do not take a sales position here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's Okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working from home; okay salary

    Cons

    A lot of politics; customer service is very poor; merging into a larger company so a lot unknown; morale is generally very low

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's gone totally corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    co-workers are smart and the work can be interesting- mostly it all depends on who you work for.

    Cons

    the company has new lists of "values" - we are innovation and ambitious, we work collaboratively, we move fast and thoughtfully. Really? Meaningless blather - a value used to be that we/they were "transparent" - now that is no longer a value since basically everyone realized it was too ridiculous to continue as orders come down from on high and pretty much bear no relation to reality. It's not even particularly clear that the point is to make money as, if it were, why pass out potato chips in the pantry and spend $20,000 on wall paper outside the pantry lauding our dubious achievements. Or redecorate all the floors of the building in "open" seating with fish that keep dying. What lawyer wants to sit in open seating listening to all their neighbors while they try to make sense of and report on a case in tax law or intellectual property? Everyone speaks in corporate nonsense. The saddest thing is that they actually do not know their customers - as the BLAW product shows. Really what lawyers are searching case law by ticker symbol? Lawyers search case law by topics of law but you really can not search BLAW but you can by ticker symbol.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    actually follow some of the values - do know your customers instead of preaching to them. Actually work collaboratively instead of pushing stuff from the top down. Hey, lead by example and do the right thing - actually talk real talk instead of the latest business buzzwords.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Educational company with great values

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

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