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My experience deals with a very difficult merge to BGI and with interfering non-business personal views of management.

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Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in San Francisco, CA

I worked at BlackRock

Pros

Potential growth both horizontally and vertically within the organization; learning opportunities of different levels of the portfolio management profession (i.e., technical skills, business skills, management skills...)

Cons

Compensation structure divides groups; political and religious personal views of life of managers affect daily work; some managers look only at a very short term objectives penalizing BlackRock and BGI integration by keeping into existence inefficient codes and systems.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

"One BlackRock" in "legacy BGI groups" in San Francisco is "one hundred black rocks". Some fixed income groups hide themselves behind barriers, which are the result of the historical complexity of codes and systems. They need a big change.

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    A place with tremendous opportunity

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    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    There are lot of opportunities to grow within BlackRock. No one will give you those opportunities. You have to grab them yourselves. So if you are go-getter then BlackRock is definitely the place for you.

    Cons

    You need to be a superstar to excel in BlackRock. Individual contributions are valued much more than team contributions. Very fast-paced culture with superstars taking all the glory and not much career growth for the rest. Long hours. Pay is not commensurate the long hours that people put in. Managers are more concerned about finding mistakes rather than motivating people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more on Team than Individual. As the company grows, its gonna be harder to find superstars. So concentrate on making your process the superstar instead of hiring superstars. And if you have superstars reward them accordingly.

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  2.  

    Great for out of school graduates.

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    Current Employee - .NET Associate  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - .NET Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Best people to work with and good work life balance. Chance to learn financial terms.

    Cons

    Should use modern technologies in software development.

    Recommends
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