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Bloomberg L.P. Reviews in London, England

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
1,161 Reviews

3.4
1,161 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • When free food is the bigger pro you can think of, there isn't much to like about (in 157 reviews)

  • great work life balance - like being in school though (in at 8 on the dot and out at 6) (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work-life balance; Peter Principle in effect company-wide; generally chaotic (in 31 reviews)

  • Mandatory, long hours for busy work (8a - 6p); lots of posturing (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Clever People, Interesting Technology, They look after their employees.

    Cons

    Not the most flexible place to work, but this seems to be improving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall a great company but with some horror departments

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Bloomberg generally looks after its employees - free food, exciting offices and not stingy on the perks. Colleagues tend to help each out and the culture that has been built makes you feel part of something bigger. Strict 8-6 working hours is cool but a bit weird when every day at 7:59 and 6:01 there is a huge crowd at the doors looking to enter/leave the building.

    Cons

    You are generally expected to do whatever the company needs at the time, which makes for depressing career prospects if you don't love sales and the prospect of moving around (including to regional offices).

    Though the company as a whole has a good vibe, there are some areas that are absolutely terrible. London ADSK was easily the worst experience of my working career. Even though you're not expected to stay in that kind of help desk role forever, when your only out is basically sales (another department that leaves a lot to be desired) you don't have much choice but to take advantage of the unlimited snacks, strict 8-6 hours and switch off after work and look for another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a flat corporate structure is great, but moving every manager around all the time means that they all feel they need to make their mark on their new department and simply make changes for the sake of change. Consider adding some checks and balances for this kind of behaviour, or at least give them some more support from more experienced managers when the person making the new changes may not necessarily understand the ramifications of their actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company. Learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Information Services Representative  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Information Services Representative in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    free food and snacks all day

    Cons

    no opportunities for promotion within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    nice pantry and free food, great people (quite a young employee base), good opportunities for learning.

    Cons

    hitting a plateau happens after max 1 year . Unless you are looking to get to very high ranks of management, flat hierarchy does not promote career progression. Payment quite mediocre for the amount of work required. Not a great work /life balance , very strict with time in/time out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the hard workers

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

    sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Free food, shiny offices, talented employees, amazing fish tanks

    Cons

    Ridiculously underpaid for the amount of work demanded, micro-managed, not opportunities to grow and change team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good but very regulated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Software Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for climbing the company ladder. Interns are given real production projects that offers value to the company instead of dummy projects just to check their level of ambition.

    Cons

    Very regulated in terms of the number of hours required every week and every day. Loads of overheads in terms of reports, and when you're allowed to take breaks. Hard to balance working there with a thriving social life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    wonderful and cheerful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Product Sales and Analytics  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Product Sales and Analytics in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    team is very good, culture is fantastic

    Cons

    good for personal growth. work life is wonderful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excessive politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Equity Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Free food, reasonable time-off policies, talented employees

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, inadequate training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show respect to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good starting point for a career in finance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Low pressure environment and nice colleagues, plus great perks like free drinks and snacks as well as the best health insurance policy I've heard of. You are always listened to and the company does not feel very hierarchical. Location in London is great and the new office under construction should be even better.

    Cons

    Very low salary compared to other companies in the financial sector, while bonuses are also capped and quite low (at least at the beginning). Very mediocre middle management, with promotions based on connections and time spent at the company (not always, but very often). You learn a lot in the first six months, but then the job becomes incredibly dull and repetitive. People, especially the smartest ones, leave soon and often as they don't feel appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward smarter and hard-working people instead of treating every one the same way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work culture and space

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    The colleagues are great and the benefits are quite good. The possibility of path and career advancements, as well as international moves are good.

    Cons

    Coming as an outsider it takes a while to adjust to the very collegiate and child like company culture. They boast a flat structure, but in reality it's quite hierarchical as everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What is the strategy once we have penetrated all the sell-side firms? How are we going to maintain leadership in a cost cutting world?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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