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BlackRock San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Senior Java Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work. Great colleagues, Good salary

    Cons

    need visibility to go next level.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company that has a lot of opportunity for movement

    Cons

    The compensation is really inconsistent across titles.

  3. "Summer Analyst - Institutional Client Business"

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    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock as an intern

    Pros

    Great culture and environment, compensation was great, summer internship program well thought out, but individual teams didn't have projects prepped

    Cons

    Hierarchy and lack of on boarding by individual teams could improve uptake and productivity of intern or analyst. Other than that no complaints

    Advice to Management

    Keep an open mind


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Corporate Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If in the right role (corporate strategy) there is a large breadth of departments and information to continuously learn.

    Cons

    Every other aspect of the workplace. Highly politicized (read kiss butt to get your bonus or advancement), management is incredibly denigrating, colleagues always trying to take credit for everything they touch.


  5. "Vice President"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to great minds in finance and technology.

    Cons

    You can drown in office politics and underneath incompetent managers.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for junior staff.


  6. "Very Smart Firm"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very well organized, intelligent firm.

    Cons

    Lots of negative messaging near the big layoffs.


  7. "State of the art powerhouse, but needs some fine tuning"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Largest asset manager, attracts world class talent, growing businesses. Center of the buyside world and has relationships with all players and strong access to all markets. Great place to learn.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, large, hierarchical. Underinvested in young talent, too many marketing, strategy, sales, and operations positions. Middle level managers in these positions only slow things down.

    Advice to Management

    (1) invest heavily in advisory and consulting businesses to diversify revenue exposure (2) Get rid of obsolete / underperforming VPs and Directors in sales, strategy, operations, COO. (3) Balance the cannibalization of active products by divesting in underperforming businesses and attract talent to growth areas with higher pay

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    "Too big and too political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name .... that's it.

    Cons

    Large organization with multiple layers of middle management who do not add much value. Rife with politics.

    Advice to Management

    Cut non performers


  9. "Strong brand, weak company culture"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong name in asset management, opportunities for internal mobility, and good efforts made to improve work-life balance

    Cons

    No clear career path, marketing isn't a valued part of the organization


  10. Helpful (4)

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

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    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.


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