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Updated March 31, 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. Helpful (2)

    "If you are obsessed with investing and asset management, then this place is for you. If not, maybe not."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Top firm in the industry
    -Fiduciary culture, client oriented business
    -Lots of opportunity across the firm for advancement and change

    If you are obsessed with investing and asset management, then this place is for you. If not, maybe not. A successful career is available to those who persist and work hard, but nothing is given that is not earned, and sometimes it takes years to get that.

    Cons

    The management clique respects only the management clique, but then, what do you expect? They won the game, they earned their title, their million dollar paydays and they intend to keep winning. It can be hard to find your way in a tightly controlled environment such as this one, but the virtue of the culture is such that talent and hard work is recognized for what it is over time.

    Advice to Management

    Look for those who are committing talent and hard work to the firm and reward them. Help those who are in the middle to improve. Help people to define their goals, ask about their personal goals, and help them sense that they are moving towards them. Make it easier to guide truly weak performers out without destroying morale and trust.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work. Typical Corporate culture unless you work in Priv. Equity or Hedge Fund Space"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Massive exposure to positions world wide and once you are inside it can be a great place to make your home and obtain your "gold watch". In some cases you can really be appreciated with regard to compensation if you are able to specialize and seperate yourself from the pack.

    Cons

    If you don't like the corporate culture investment foundation of this firm then stick with individual "boutiques". Big bank atmosphere allows certain personalities to thrive. Overall, this is not a bad place to work. Benefits and salaries are more structured and limited due to the larger "I.B." culture (remember this is still BofA even though people pretend it is not!!)

    Advice to Management

    Look outside of the typical protege from an ivy school. Many of these recruits have high IQ's but lack high EQ's (emotional quotients) which can make the culture very much a Cool Aid drinking factory due to the lack of diversity in personality type.


  3. "Recommended"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong company, very smart people, high quality leadership.

    Cons

    Lack of coordination across groups/divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


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  5. "Great company, strong leadership, smart people, good values!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional environment, transparency of leadership, innovative

    Cons

    post-merger infrastructure a work in progress

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "The expectations were high, the work was challenging , though consuming, the pay was good."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with are intelligent. The work is challenging. And there's plenty of opportunity for advancement. I learned a lot at that job.

    Cons

    It's a big company, so it's easy to get lost in the fold. And I didn't always feel supported in pursuing work/life balance. The environment is aggressive and the pace is fast.

    Advice to Management

    I had a positive experience with the management, overall. They were supportive. I felt like I was properly praised and compensated for my hard work.


  7. "BlackRock was a formative journey during a challenging time in the world of finance; I look fondly upon my time there."

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

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

    Pros

    Collaboration, innovation, risk aversion, responsibility to the client and to other stakeholders is ingrained in the culture, we do what we say and we say what we do.

    Cons

    Only the drawbacks of a large organization.

    Advice to Management

    The people at the lowest ranks in the organization who have their ears down to the ground can at times provide the best insight into customer and client needs.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best in class"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits includign medical, dental, and additional services outside the standard generally provided by employers. Amount of paid time off is generous and compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Compensation does not move with trends. Difficult to get competetive pay for those who have been here for a long time. Extremely competetive for new joiners.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not BGI, which was a wonderful company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, but not as lucrative as BGI. With the acquisition, came a brain drain, so the NY bankers weren't equipped to deal with the market changes.

    Cons

    Everything else, such as a lack of leadership, transparency, interest in the local office, and the brain drain.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't or won't be transparent, at least say that rather than completely lying to your employees. This was true all the way to the top, including Larry Fink. Guess the name should have warned us.


  10. "No free lunch!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Quite Challenging in a positive way and Management wants your BEST!!

    Cons

    No free lunches!! It's almost impossible for IT people to move into Business side.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money on Employee Anniversaries, Group Celebrations and Cheer and Boost Employee Morale. Setup programs that will encourage as well prepare dedicated Non Investment Employees into Business.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Investment - Scientific Active Equity"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting work being done in machine learning.
    Very technical.

    Cons

    It could have better perks to compete with tech companies.


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