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Highly demanding and rewarding professional environment with some negatives.

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Current Employee - Associate in Wilmington, DE
Current Employee - Associate in Wilmington, DE

I have been working at BlackRock

Pros

BlackRock is the go to firm for investment management and risk analytics. It is a great name to have on one's resume. Beyond that, BlackRock is a great learning experience. Employees are sharp and willing to share knowledge. The firm is supportive of ethical behaviors and is increasingly encouraging non-profit involvement. The BGI transaction is opening doors to even more opportunities.

Cons

The hours are long. The perks are decreasing. The pay is ok. This is not only relative to BlackRock but rather to the industry as a whole in recession times.

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Career development efforts need to be given more consideration by upper management. In addition, there is an urgent need for more life in BlackRock's view of "work-life" balance.

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    BlackRock

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    If you are right out of school, it is a fun environment and a good place to learn and develop skills

    Cons

    There is very little training provided to employees to develop necessary skill to advance.

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    training program is needed to develop employees to succeed in their career inside or outside of Blackrock

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    summer 09

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Portfolio Analytics Internship in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analytics Internship in New York, NY

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    People are really nice. Open culture. You actually feel comfortable going to work and there's no strict dress code. You feel like you want to work there because of the people.
    It's very welcome to ask questions and you have a variety of resources to tap into to.

    Cons

    Portfolio analytics is not investment and market-driven as it might sound. During the internship, it is up to you to direct your learning and interests.
    A skill that will advance you in this environment is technical skills because the job deals a lot of production. If you know a bit of computer science, that's great.
    For me. I did not, so I really focus my time on learning and understanding terminologies and market-related issues.
    Full time responsibilities can be a lot more tech-based than the summer internship.
    Skills from this group might not be transferable to other finance jobs due to the heavy focus on its proprietary production work.
    Full time is also a lot more hours than internship - so summer experience doesn't give u a clear idea of what your full time would be like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to be more straightforward and honest about reviews. Being too nice is sometimes very misleading.

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