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BlackRock San Francisco Reviews

Updated February 5, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance (in my team at least) (in 113 reviews)

  • You work with smart people, who care about what you do (in 102 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very good experience so far. People and culture are what I like the most about the firm."

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

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

    Pros

    Great Culture and Principles of the firm
    Respects and values employees
    Opportunities to grow and develop career
    Great financial benefits like retirement
    My line of management

    Cons

    Not much I can think off but feel that some groups might be bureaucratic. I may be completely wrong but have heard a few employees complain about that in their groups.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of money is spent on travel for senior management, if at least 10% of that is spent on analysts as bonus, they would be super happy and excited and motivated to continue to work in Blackrock.


  2. "Tough but good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BlackRock as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, great experience

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, technology driven, not people or business driven

    Advice to Management

    Listen carefully to what your employees tell you about how to improve your business


  3. "Great culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best place for young people. It's a growing firm and requires you to polish your skills all the time! You need to almost learn every day something to keep up.

    Cons

    Not good if you want a 9-5 job. It's not the kind of job where as time goes on you'll get more experience. Need to get ready for new challenges everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Expect to see more collaboration among research teams. Expect to see better in-house technology support on big data side.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

    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

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

    Pros

    Great leadership
    Good benefits
    Great people
    Decent salary
    Vacation days - higher than most companies for employees that have stayed for long time

    Cons

    There is no meritocracy
    Promotions are not objective - YES people will be nominaed for promotion
    Limited opportunities for internal transfer

    Advice to Management

    Give internal candidates opportunity to transfer


  6. "SF review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture and place to work

    Cons

    Be prepared to work in a high performing environment


  7. "Deskside Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Deskside Support Analyst in Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Deskside Support Analyst in Pittsburg, CA

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

    Pros

    The company is great, and there is a lot of work

    Cons

    I'm on a contract position


  8. "Top Investment manager"

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

    I worked at BlackRock (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, very colleagial, team work is valued. Decent pay and benefits. Ability to move around firm if you desire. Decent work life balance

    Cons

    Managers can be inconsistent in success rate, ie get with wrong one you won't advance. Pretty political and bureaucratic which isn't surprising given size of firm.


  9. "Director, Fixed Income Trading"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most employees recieve higher pay for their positions than at other firms. The company also provides good resources for analysis and trading.

    Cons

    In my opinion there is too much focus on making money and not on the fiduciary obligation. Company politics are really bad and worked long hours.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Contract Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Contract Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual Bay Area culture. Super friendly. Seems like lots of upward mobility and ppl tend to stick around.

    Cons

    No snacks but I know his isn't a tech company. Still would be nice.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  11. "Used to be the best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great firm. Very smart people and top-notch technology and customer support.

    Cons

    Massive layoffs and negative messaging from corporate office.

    Advice to Management

    It's a shame that you did not value very talented and dedicated team members. Negative messaging was demoralizing.



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