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BlackRock Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance (in my team at least) (in 115 reviews)

  • Largest asset manager in the world means you operate at a massive scale (in 63 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, positions tend to get pigeon-holed."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, smart people, healthy collaborative work environment. Very good base technology

    Cons

    Not much room for career growth. If you do something well, you tend to get stuck in that position. This is a widely held observation - not just my opinion.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hard works gets your further"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    You get what you put into the company

    Cons

    Need to work on reducing bureacracy


  3. "Vice President - Business Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Well run company with an eye on whatever is coming around the corner

    Cons

    Industry fee pressure is hurting comp pool and automation creates a tough outlook for operations

    Advice to Management

    Your holiday parties could be a lot better, but nice job running the firm. Create more titles for more promotion opportunities


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President (VP)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Vice President, Risk Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Risk Management in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Culture and people are the biggest plus

    Cons

    Pay is below market at the firm


  6. "vp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    people, brand , forward thinking , good executive leadership

    Cons

    political, not very diverse, hard to navigate


  7. "Review of Blackrock"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Supports personal development, transferring between teams.

    Cons

    Skills with technology roles are not readily transferable across employers.

    Advice to Management

    I have no particular advice to management at this time.


  8. "Brilliant, Kind, People Without Anyone Doing It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great corporate perks, globally connected, opportunities to develop self, structured mentorship programs, networks. Great people who are smart and kind and collaborative (the no jerk policy is real here). Ability to lead and be autonomous here is great.

    Cons

    Too many "ideas" people who are brought on to do strategy, with no one actually executing on the tactics. Senior management can sometimes foster this cliquey, strategic, group


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health, Dental, Vision insurance
    good 401(k) matching

    Cons

    No growth
    Lot of internal politics
    No appreciation for work
    No career growth
    No vision for the teams

    Advice to Management

    Seattle office is like a satellite office and people here play all the politics they could. They say they were with the company for over 10 years. Unless this office is literally torn down and built ground up, there isn't any future.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Mehhhh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfy job, its fine if you want to settle. It's not super high pressure so work life balance is ok, layoffs very rare, only real pro. But that just means everyone has less motivation to do anything interesting.

    Cons

    Top heavy, if you don't think so you're in one of the starter groups. Trend is cost cutting, fees are low, comp is stagnating. Management doesn't do much and collects all the money. There's no upward mobility in the middle. Your individual contribution does not matter outside of your team, comp is formulaic and there's very little that matters about your true value to the company. You're just a number and a title. Larry is a good talker, but he's mostly full of it. Promotions get harder in harder. It makes sense, the company is too big to grow much, so the higher level bureaucracy has secured a nice comfy position close to the water pond, they'll take most of the money and do very little actual work. At the end of every year they'll tell you the same exact story about how the business is fine but they either hired more, or the business is "a little challenged". Larry only cares about margins now a days. Your capabilities don't really matter, you just need to "wait for your turn". Don't let their HR marketing machine fool you, they depend on continuously hiring fresh graduate meat every year, they'll tell you this is the best place to work blah blah blah. Nobody i talk to is happy, that's the truth. Not sure if there's a much better alternative though, seems to be the story of our generation's experience with corporate america.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the money it while it lasts.


  11. "Ok company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Big company, stable job, On-job trainnings & seminars

    Cons

    Not competitive comps for tech positions, Not enough perks

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employee at market price!! especially in expansive cities



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