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BlackRock Seattle Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Difficulty in creating work/life balance (in 144 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours are the norm (in 91 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Seattle office with great views and accommodations. Very friendly work environment in my experience. BRS is moving in a great positive direction

    Cons

    Management and the delegation of responsibility could use work in some areas. Communication from upper management could be more frequent


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, job security, and you have the ability to work in other cities as it is a large company.

    Cons

    Long hours as it is a global company. Meetings have to be scheduled so all attendees from several countries can make it. This forces you to take 5am or 6pm meetings a couple times a week. Projects taken much longer to complete due to developers working across different countries. It also takes a lot longer to complete projects due to needing approval from the New York office technology department before proceeding with each step of development.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great view from the office (i.e. the company calls it the "best view in Seattle"). Depending on the team & project you are on, exposure to working with a global team.

    Cons

    Seattle is a satellite office from a previous acquisition of Quellos, this office is geographically removed from the main teams in California / east coast. Went through frequent re-orgs and drastic flushes of management in the past year with no clear strategy / direction into the future, and NO communication with the staff / senior level until final decisions are announced. VERY SECRETIVE and suppressing management style speaks to rampant office politics. Favoritism. Directors are serial bullies. Low pay compared to the market for the amount of work to do.

    A lot of cross-training going on with the main offices in east coast / California, many suspect this office will one day be cut.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your employees about the decisions made and where the business is heading. Recognize the work they've done as a lot of it is busy work. Most people here are not happy with management.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, bureaucratic but overall a positive experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is filled with smart people and interesting products with a decent opportunity to move internally.

    Cons

    The work life balance is tough sometimes and office politics is often too much. Pay is a little low especially in a competitive market like Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees in on the big ideas and the general direction we're headed because it seems we're all adrift with little knowledge of the bigger picture.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Prepare to sacrifice work-life balanace for very little reward."

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    Current Employee - Client Technical Services Analyst in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Client Technical Services Analyst in Lynnwood, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits are great. Recognizable name, exciting industry. You will learn a ton.

    Cons

    Environment is hostile to innovation, especially in the Client Services arena. Directors are abusive bullies who only value being right. New concepts are stifled and process re-engineering is frowned upon. Work-life balance is non-existent. Any attempt to work standard hours or help your family are punished by the "good ol boy" network here. Don't expect a title that is transferable.

    Advice to Management

    Directors and above are serial staff abusers. Improve work-life balance and protect staff from corporate bullies.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "VP - technology"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Technology in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President Technology in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent peers
    Challenging work
    Great blend of technology and finance
    Cordial work environment
    Amazing views
    Seattle (at least) values work-life balance (not so much at other locations)
    Many peers have been with company for 10+ years
    Robust subject matter expertise makes great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Completely opaque pay-for-performance (salary, raises, bonuses)
    Churn at lower levels
    Quickly evolving senior leadership, without much visibility of direction
    Lack of C-level leadership onsite (good and bad, feels like satellite office)
    Lack of aggressive recruiting and higher salaries stymies ultimate recruiting opportunities
    Large organization...

    Advice to Management

    Daylight the salaries and bonus opportunities
    Hire for managerial talent, don't just promote to that role
    Embrace the PNW culture to help drive a healthy, successful satellite office
    Visit the office, sit on the floor
    360 reviews for managers

  8. "Vice President, software development"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable company, good benefits, yearly bonuses

    Cons

    New York culture, finical centric

    Advice to Management

    Be open and communicate better with changes


  9. Helpful (9)

    "I like the work, but the negativity is weighing on me......"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I feel lucky to have found a job focused on alternative investments in Seattle. There are not a lot of investment companies in Seattle, especially as large as BlackRock. BlackRock is "the largest asset manager in the world", as upper management likes to remind us.

    I am learning a lot about the operations and accounting of investment portfolios and how to work with multiple vendors that do the detail work. Its a very interesting job.

    Cons

    The majority of people in my department are not happy. They dislike management, feel underappreciated and want to quit. I have been working here for about 6 months, and have already seen 3 employees quit w/ long lists of grievances. Each week I dread that someone else will give their 2 week notice! Maybe I'll be next :-(


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Job life review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture and opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    less than competitive pay, poor leadership training


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