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. If a "Job" is Not What You Came For

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The autonomy to 'run your own business' like an adult. Thought-leaders as managers that care appropriately Extraordinary compensation plan (Best-in-class for sure) Great, ridiculously inexpensive benefits package Literally the best solutions in the tool boxes of reps Direct access to those responsible for content creation/maintenance Sales enablement team is one of the best I've ever worked with Departments (for the most part) aren't in silos. Inter-company communication is possible if needed. I could very well go on and on

    Cons

    If there were a con I'd speak to, it would be that marketing doesn't seem to take any cues from the sales team to shape messaging. I think it would really contribute to this organization's rocket to the next level to change that. It doesn't have to be an overnight change, but fostering a semi-regular dialog between strong sellers and the marketing team has always helped all stakeholders , in my experience. Not as much a con as an opportunity to kill it even more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, and never change the comp plan :)


  3. Helpful (2)

    Good and bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, close to metro, flexible schedules

    Cons

    No room to move up, can be a bit cliquish (this is getting better though)

    Advice to Management

    Shake up the rank and file


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    BNA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good benefits, health care, dental, 401 K, life insurance

    Cons

    mgmt not qualified. not much opportunity for growth


  7. Helpful (3)

    The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA)

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee-owned company before Bloomberg acquired it in 2011. Very professional environment. Good benefits and a 37.5 hour work week.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Limited opportunity for upward mobility. Not challenging - no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate assignment within job function.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Dont work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly decent benefits and provide support from Subject Matter Experts

    Cons

    Bad management. This company does not care about its employees.


  10. good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    not bad, really can not complain all that much. pantry is awesome. depends a lot on your team and boss. luckily mine are both great.

    Cons

    the pay is not the best i have ever had. not exactly the most fast moving or ambitious of environments. a lot of people come here for the easier life style than corporate law.


  11. 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!



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