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BlackRock Edinburgh Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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  • Difficulty in creating work/life balance (in 149 reviews)

  • long hours; work/life balance could be improved (in 94 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Accountant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Accountant in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people, the work life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Tend to treat contract workers as sub par to full time employees

    Advice to Management

    Company has strong stand on inclusion so should make sure this is for all aspects of the business, including contract workers


  2. "Team leader"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with peers in different regions.

    Cons

    Senior management spend too much time on their political agendas which can hamper the progression of more junior employees.

  3. "Very poor team management"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked in a couple of teams within Business Operations Group in Edinburgh. Good for fresh graduates - opportunity to learn quickly. Nothing else

    Cons

    The team managers are just not good enough. People have become managers before they are ready for management due to high turnover. Way too US focused. Long working hours - no work life balance The company has grown really fast without having proper plans to cope with the work required in the Operations Group. The list will go on and on

    Advice to Management

    The middle managers need to be smart enough to tell the truth to the senior managers - the resources are not just sufficient to cope with the expanding business


  4. "Working experiences varies between teams"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of office events and things to get involved with outside of work. Slightly higher wages than competitors. After 5 years of service holidays and pension increase.

    Cons

    Quality of management varies massively between teams. Some very good managers but some have got to management positions due to technical expertise rather than any management ability. Pension scheme is very poor for the first 5 years of service, low contributions and no matching at all. Higher wages are offset by comparatively lower benefits than competitors. Overtime is expected/standard in many teams and is unpaid. Very difficult to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Review pensions.


  5. "Good place to work but not much opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting business. Smart colleagues. Good tech

    Cons

    Low pay. Edi treated as a back office. Slow progression

    Advice to Management

    Pay market rates at least


  6. "*"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock (More than a year)

    Pros

    Constantly evolving, strong senior management team.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance due to global coverage.

    Advice to Management

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  7. "Billings Associate"

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    Current Contractor - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Contractor - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at BlackRock as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, structured, organised

    Cons

    Need new structure and open culture to trust employees with work capacity

    Advice to Management

    Would like management to be open ended and have faith in employees, need a better training structure everything is sandwiched together.

  8. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities for those who are willing to work hard. Decent salary and bonus. Some excellent managers who promote and create opportunities for their employees.

    Cons

    Long hours can be possible, but I believe it's on the individual to manage these and ensure they achieve the work-life flexibility they need. Bureaucracy sometimes frustrating.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mercenaries"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, that's about it, the whole corporate culture is broken. I've never been in a place with so many people off on work related stress.

    Cons

    Long hours, unfeeling staff and superiors. Ridiculous expectations. Understaffed. Inflexible. Geckology writ large. And it's getting worse somehow, American labour laws maybe creeping in. No job security.

    Advice to Management

    Try to understand not everyone can do 12 hour days every day and still be productive.


  10. "assosiate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Opportunities, Lots to Learn

    Cons

    None - Great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


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