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Not a bad place to start

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Current Employee - Portfolio Analyst in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Portfolio Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

Large information architecture
Largest investment manager in the world

Cons

Highly lopsided structure -- not very analysts, but a lot of people VP/Director level that are looking to get promoted
Structurally created to not create any "superstars" to encourage loyalty to BR

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people there are pretty solid, you can expect to learn all the industry standard stuff, oh, and making pretty powerpoint charts.

    Cons

    The company now has 10000 employees, but it still feels like an old boys' club; with the few founders sitting on the top. You are either 'in' their circle or 'out'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the 3 people that always sit next to you, there are talents all around the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, not a meritocracy

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Blackrock is a name company, there is a lot to learn, the pay is good. You can have a long career with Blackrock or leave after a few years with some solid experience and a big name on your resume. Either way you are in good shape.

    Cons

    Blackrock is not a meritocracy. The corporate culture, the promotion structure, the opportunities that come your way - it is all a matter of who you know, who is advocating for you and who knows you exist. If someone higher up gains an unfavorable opinion of you, your opportunities for advancement are cut off. As with most large companies, rather that learn the whole business, you act as a cog in the machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I experienced an "old boys club" culture at Blackrock. People were promoted or given opportunities based on alliances rather than on merit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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