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BlackRock London Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance (in my team at least) (in 117 reviews)

  • Largest asset manager in the world means you operate at a massive scale (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • People always struggle with work-life balance (in 141 reviews)

  • Long hours as it is a global company (in 88 reviews)

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  1. "Hard but satisfying job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with people passionate about their job, company puts a lot of resources into people development. Interesting technology and a drive for innovation. Good work gets rewarded and is being recognised.

    Cons

    Tools deficiencies and processes often bring you down. Being a financial institution there's a lot of red tapes for technologists. Single path of career for software developers which means a transition to people and project management role.

    Advice to Management

    Put more resources to fixing day to day tools used by software developers. Think about potential of other career paths for technologists other then the one with line Peter's principle.


  2. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Onboarding Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Onboarding Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent technology in comparison to competitors
    Merit driven compensation with competitive base to start

    Very supportive and experienced management team

    Investment in technology and efficiency
    enhancements at team level not just platform level

    Very broad product offering giving opportunities for exposure to numerous areas of investment management without having to leave the firm

    Strong fiduciary mindset which resonates through the firm at all levels

    Cons

    Some areas operate in silos making it difficult to get things done outside of a particular process

    Large firm can be difficult to navigate even if you have come from a large competitor

    Some rigidity around change in processes and platform which can present with some challenges when working with external parties - however the strong platform and posture against unnecessary change gives the firm its edge

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in technology and talent

    Provide more opportunities for networking and socialising

    Simplify training and communication seeping technology, applications and capabilities


  3. "Ex MD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Driven business, real culture of being a fiduciary to clients

    Cons

    Senior Management has a JFDI approach which dosn't always result in the right decisions. US business leads senior descision making even in Europe.


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  5. "Portfolio Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    large institution thus many opportunities to move around

    Cons

    not innovators, too big to be managed efficiently


  6. "Working at Blackrock"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Portfolio Management in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Portfolio Management in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * You'll work with some very talented and smart people
    * It is the largest asset manager in the world right now

    Cons

    * It is a really big company, and you may get the feeling that you are "just a number" at times


  7. "Pretty good firm to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Interesting work
    Work-Life balance (in my team at least)

    Cons

    Promotion still opaque, and issues around favouritism

    Advice to Management

    Review compensation - currently not competitive, yet management saw fit to raise the dividend


  8. "BlackRock Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to work, work hard play hard culture. A lot of investment into their people and ample opportunities to grow globally.

    Cons

    Can be high pressure.


  9. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Analyst, Aladdin and Technology in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst, Aladdin and Technology in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training programmes in place and ethos of Knowledge Sharing amongst teams. Very nice atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Long hours working in a support role
    Management was mixed
    No overtime for hours worked

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible in approach with team members.


  10. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good leadership and culture
    Lots of opportunity to learn, develop and move internally

    Cons

    Poor compensation
    Too driven by US leadership

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more competitive on salaries


  11. "Spring Insight Week"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Spring Insight Week in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Spring Insight Week in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team ethic and less of the harmful, unenjoyable competitive nature that characterises many other financial firms. Very entrepreneurial, excellent office facilities, and clear global leader in asset management.

    Cons

    No real downside was evident in the one week that I spent at the firm.



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