There are newer employer reviews for Bloomberg L.P.

6 people found this helpful  

In you are in software development - Run do not walk

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY

I worked at Bloomberg L.P. full-time for less than a year

Pros

Health benefits are great. 401k, vacation time are better than average. Other than that there really are no pros to working at Bloomberg.

Cons

I worked at Bloomberg for about a year. From the time I started my marketability went straight down. As a developer you will become completely useless to any other company in short order. You will likely work with outdated things like Fortran, Cobol or even Bloomberg's proprietary RDMS. They actually think little Bloomberg can outdo Oracle with their millions of man hours invested. Management in software development is completely clueless about everything computer science related. This is a place where management worries about what time you come in and building little clicks to start problems where there are none. If something "bad" happens to any part of the software in your group be expected to have a meeting where 10% of the time will be spent on fixing the problem, 90% of the time spent on figuring out "who to blame" and 0% time will be spent on figuring out how to prevent it again. The place is run like big brother, security is watching you everywhere and the DO READ every email message you send or receive on your private email accounts - use your cell phone only! If you are unfortunate to have taken a position there you would be advised to keep your options open if another position comes along at another company. The longer you stay there the more damage you are doing to your career.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn some modern day working environments for software development.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

1163 Other Employee Reviews for Bloomberg L.P. (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1.  

    What you make of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bloomberg L.P. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities are there for those with initiative...Great job security.

    Cons

    Some oddities with the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't drink all of the kool-aid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience at a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Software Developer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Software Developer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is good, the people are smart, the snacks are free. Work is generally interesting, and a good deal of flexibility is given to make your own hours and choose a project that is engaging for you.

    Cons

    Developers often have to support legacy software that has no chance of ever being replaced. The company has some really proprietary practices, architectures, etc., that do not translate into building your programming skills in the world at large. This often makes it tough to transition out of Bloomberg to another company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more choice in what division or team they work for. It leads to a more productive experience for both sides.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Bloomberg L.P.

Worked for Bloomberg L.P.? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.