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Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance and generally respectful organization for the industry. Generally well meaning senior leadership team, although it is of course predominately white men and it shows.

    Cons

    tons of projects that don't go anywhere.
    Difficult to assess how your work impacts the overall organization.
    Difficult to advance in San Francisco with very few leadership positions outside of NY.
     A lot of internal politics and gossip.

    Advice to Management

    try to be more positive. Leadership communication is often reactive and heavy handed "40% of you will not be working here next year". Even if that's true, it is a very heavy environment to work in when that's the guidance coming from the top. People need more aspirational messaging to feel good about their day to day. Also, stop paying lip service to diversity. If you don't mean it, don't talk about it. It's exhausting.


  2. "Summer Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, fast paced environment, great resources and compensation

    Cons

    I have no cons. Great company

  3. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small teamsize
    Less politics
    Results oriented
    Good technology stack
    Complex and challenging problems to work on.

    Cons

    Compensation isn't competitive with tech industry though they call themselves a tech firm

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance and Compensation should be given more thought


  4. "A year in review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart and talented people / teams

    Cons

    Soul sucking hours and culture


  5. "Summer Program at HK office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great team, great people, great work environment

    Cons

    not so great food, not so great IT service


  6. "Great asset management form"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great place to work if you like finance

    Cons

    - Hierarchical and takes longer to go up the ladder


  7. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic for lower level employees.

  8. "Associate Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is so knowledgeable
    Fast turnaround /deliverables
    Biggest asset manager
    Trying to catch up with tech firms on the tech stack

    Cons

    No cafeteria, medical room or gym (but there are gym discounts)


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Managing Director"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The biggest Global Asset Manager

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for Company to grow, too big already, very political


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Cut your teeth and get out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - commitment to excellence - employees want to do things the right way
    - a desire to innovate - a lot of smart minds make for cool ideas
    - a true fiduciary - not a vampire squid

    Cons

    The rudest, most aggressive employees you will ever come across in your professional life. While it's a growing company, managing an extreme amount of wealth, this comes at a horrible cost. I've never worked anywhere where people are so quick to throw another under the bus. Not a collegial environment.


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