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What’s the best way to have a lack of compensation and incentive conversation in your department? I went above and beyond for years doing extra work, organizations etc and nothing has been reflected in pay. I thought my 5 year was going to finally show something but it did not. I’ve inquired about pay but it’s gotten nowhere.
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- "Yes, since I learnt a lot of stuff out of the internship and I have a better understanding of the PE industry." (in 5 reviews)
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- "you will learn a lot and be able to build your resume, it's a great opportunity" (in 4 reviews)
- "You interact and are constant communication with Private equity firms, investment banks, and C" (in 3 reviews)
- "They over work interns and make them put the business first over everything to be an unpaid internship." (in 18 reviews)
- "management is atrocious in terms of communicating effectively to its staff/interns." (in 6 reviews)
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- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
M&A ANALYSTSep 16, 2015 - Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
No Pros to be honest. You can make phone calls everyday or check linkedin for the managers.
Bad treatment. You barely learned something. The boss just didn't care about the interns. Interns get no payment.Continue reading
Thank you for your feedback! As you noted, you get what you put into it. There is a reason we only added the three month summer internship to accept in-school students this year, to help the higher work load due to deal flow we are having this summer. However, with the recent two 3-month in school students quit with one email the night before and the other no show with no communication for some days at the last week the person promised will be there to transition the person's tasks to others , we are reconsidering if we will do the same next summer again. talking to executives and listening to the client meetings, preparing and do companies research are related to M&A activities. If you have a way of thinking how M&A should be already, then you should not need to come here to learn our model, as we also tried to explained our model in the interviewing stage and training period. People only had done 1 month or so of the internship then quit, we cannot say if what you have experienced is the same as other interns who completed 3months or full 6-months had experienced, but we thank you for your comments and suggestions. We made it clear that your 3-month internship and our process will not likely to involve transaction. If we do have the needs, we will need more experienced people like other firms do. For using Bloomberg, we are still in conversation and discussion with them, and after the trial, every company has right to compare with other tools and make decision by their needs and budget. What I don't understand here, is that many people I have noticed, don't communicate directly with their company or supervisor if they do have disagreement or different point of views with the company policy or goals. if you just quit in one day, then come up to this social media place to share what you think, there is no stand you are taking, and how you can make a difference in any organization? We have exit survey and review, and we also don't see you put those comments and suggestions as you put here onto your complete survey. We will continue to improve our communication with our interns, so they may take this as a place they can grow and see their career goal and direction from here (many of them do, and they got the jobs they want after exploring and doing things here). There are so many things we cannot explain enough. Again, we appreciate all the suggestions and criticism, We will take back to examine ourselves. We also have commitment to our interns who takes their time here, no matter what they think this internship is for them in the end. The program is designed to be a boot-camp, nothing easy about it. The internship is designed for those who want to get jobs period! And those that complete it get great jobs because they got the experience that employers want; the ability to be on time, the ability to do the same tasks over and over and faster and faster and to figure out how to be better at it. The treatment is very "get the job done culture" and not for those that need praising is spot on.
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Worse company I’ve ever worked forMar 28, 2023 - HR Intern in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Meet many amazing people who were interns with me. Convenient for those who need to work remotely
Zero stars! One of the most disrespectful and unprofessional workplaces I have ever worked. Huge turnover in company with interns. They over work interns and make them put the business first over everything to be an unpaid internshipo be an unpaid internshipo be an unpaid internship. Forced to start my internship a month before my actual start date due to the previous HR intern leaving and completed my internship. Huge lack of confidentiality. Asked for a recommendation letter they gave me a hard time then sent me a previous intern recommendation letter and told me to “make the revisions according to position and send it back for Shihhan to review and approve.” Also give interns had time when requesting time off even if they want to use vacation days or will make up the hours because the business comes first. The company goes above and beyond for clients (those who they’re going to make a deal with) but treats interns like crap. If you make a mistake don’t matter if you’re still getting trained or not they will be upset, disrespectful, and insult you. The management trace is very unprofessional and demanding. Expect you to do everything and over work you beyond your schedule and don’t care if you have another job or a student. The are liars, hypocrites, and manipulators. Will lie on you to protect themselves and refuse to take accountability and responsibility for anything wrong they do or say. Will deny it m, yell at you, and insult you. They do not take the time to appreciate their interns despite the fact that there are only 5-8 PAID employees (Management) and interns UNPAID to continue to maintain/uphold the business/keep business going. Will not offer you a paid position unless you stay as an intern for over a year UNPAID and it’s still not Can you get a paid position. Internship is remote and they say they help Interns with a work visa or green card but do not and if they choose to it’s they discriminate.Continue reading
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Eh- Explore other optionsAug 5, 2021 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
provide education about deal funnel and the process for the most part overall for interns (and to just get overall experience if this is your field)
management is atrocious in terms of communicating effectively to its staff/interns. Respect is completely void.
- Former Intern, less than 1 year★★★★★
A horrible place that will ultimately get you a jobJun 10, 2015 - M&A Analyst in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
It is incredibly easy to get hired at Blackmore Partners. This is due to the low retention rate of the internship and the people hired on tend to drop out before their start date. This is due to the negative reputation of the company. About 6-8 new interns will get hired each month and about 2 of those people will actually have the stones to show up for their start date. You have nothing to worry about in your interview. As long as you don’t completely suck you will get hired. You are evaluated on whether you understand what the company does (hint: they are a private equity INTERMEDIARY, include this word), your communication skills and your ability to ask questions. Prepare for your interview based on these guidelines. Your fellow interns you work with are the best part. I have met so many wonderful, cool people in this program from all over the world; particularly a lot of people from China. In my understanding of how people build relationships. It’s either through a common like or dislike and you will definitely bond over your dislike of Blackmore. You interact right away with the top corporate executives of the world. You hear cool insider information from the executives that would make the writers of Forbes magazine salivate. Your ability to move up in the program is tremendous. If you want leadership experience you can get that here. You have a great chance to lead a small team. The team leadership roles are Social Media Team Leader, Salesforce team leader, Talent Acquisition, and HR Team Leader. All titles have nothing to do with M&A. If you do well you get to work on the backend. You may never reach the backend. Salesforce is used in many companies. Good thing to have on a resume. Occasionally, there are company outings where management buys you pizza or tacos.
Let’s get the first one out of the way. There is no pay. It sucks to be unpaid. It’s just how it goes. The management is incredibly cheap. A good example of this is when a guy from Bloomberg did a presentation for the services for the company. Management had no intention of ever paying for the services. They just wanted to use the 2-week free trial. Blackmore has a negative reputation on Bloomberg as well. The front end is really awful and you could be doing that for 3 months. Much has been said in past Glassdoor reviews about how you are basically a secretary. You start titling resumes to qualify c-level executives for meetings with the Managing Director. Scheduling meetings does sounds like secretarial work. That is the most basic task in the office. Then you are placed onto two teams; the social media team and the salesforce team. Both feature their boring, repetitive tasks. The social media team is about spamming executives with potential acquisition deals. While salesforce largely deals with maintaining the database of executives. You also have responsibilities when it comes to Talent Acquisition. This isn’t really included in any of the intern descriptions posted online. Because Blackmore Partners do PE deals and such deals take a long time to complete. In order to keep the lights on, Blackmore has you generally do the work of a headhunter. This is done so when deals are being discussed with the PE firm. Blackmore can package not only a company to sell but also the executive to run it. However, not all TA positions you will find are meant for PE deals. Sometimes, they are just because companies use Blackmore as headhunters and the management wants to make money using you as free labor. The TA assignments are good experience if you are an HR intern. But generally useless for your resume if you’re an M&A intern or Marketing intern. The management treats you like garbage and views you as nothing. You are replaceable. You are dirt. You are nothing. There is no appreciation for you in the program. I’ve seen management call people “stupid” and “dummy” directly to their faces. You will never hear “thank you” or “good job,” no matter what you do. You will work hard because Blackmore Partners is always short-handed. You will be loaded with assignments that are time-consuming and mind-numbing. Then, yelled at for not completing them in a short period of time. The management is obsessed with making sure you don’t text and arrive on time. If you are late 3 times, it counts as an absence. All absences are added to the end of your internship. The management is so hateful of texting. Which is fair enough; people generally shouldn’t be on their phones at work. However, this can be taken to the extreme by management. One intern whose father was known to be in hospice care receives a text from his mother informing him his father has passed away. The Managing Director sees him reading this text and yelled at him for texting and “for being completely unprofessional.” Absolutely unacceptable and some of the poorest social tact I’ve ever seen. There is absolutely no trust between management and interns. The management hates millennials. They are used to interns leaving and assume you hate the job because you do. You will hear the same speech over and over about how millennials don’t know how to work hard. How we are self-absorbed and conceded. They are not above micro-managing you and having HR record your movements. How long you leave the office, how long you are in the bathroom etc. Absolutely no respect and no encouragement will ever be heard from their mouths. If you will take a sick day, you will immediately become suspect to management and your commitment to the program will get questioned. The Managing Director won’t remember your name. You will constantly hear him say people’s names incorrectly. The Marketing internship program is generally a joke. There really is no marketing program at Blackmore. There are few marketing interns who apply for the program. The majority of the people working there are M&A interns and to a lesser extent HR interns. I remember one marketing intern asking when he was going to start doing marketing. To which management said “everything is marketing.” All you do as a marketing intern is push Blackmore Partners on Linkedin. But all interns do that. It’s not a special duty reserved by marketing interns. All of it is sending out spam messages to executives to try and find people to sell their business or if they know of someone trying to sell their business. It’s just another repetitive task. There is a 3-month summer internship sometimes available in the summer where you basically will do the front-end for the whole duration. This shortened program is a huge joke and you basically learn nothing. There is so much pressure on the HR interns to increase intern numbers and retention. This proves to be difficult because of the negative reputation and toxic atmosphere that the management creates. When people leave Blackmore, they just stop showing up. I’ve seen good workers who were seen as model examples. Just leave and never return. If you are not a great English-speaker, you will not rise up in the program and won’t work on the back end. The backend is basically the whole reason you want to be an M&A intern.Continue reading
- Former Intern, more than 1 year★★★★★
They force you to write 5 star reviews!May 14, 2017 - Anonymous InternRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
You can make some friends here.
They gave you a fancy job title 'M&A Analyst', and that is it,nothing else. This is a cold call center, they sent out thousands of emails to management level people and offering a CEO position but the true goal is to get some inside Merge and Acquisition news. Gerald treat his interns like slaves. If you want to learn something about M&A and put it on your resume, forget about it, you are wasting your time.Continue reading
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Do not work for them- You cannot build your career here!Apr 26, 2020 - Mergers & Acquisitions, Analyst in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Interns can get some exposure to M&A if they are Freshmen or Sophomores.
I would like to share my insights into this business and this position based on my two months of experience at BMP, and my suggestions for all the stakeholders. Those comments may be long, but it will be worth your time. Trust me! The core value of the business is to scam executives to buy their membership services so that those executives can help them source deals and close deals for them. Gerald said you did not have to pay them, and they will still work with you. However, he will not work seriously with you if he cannot get any money from you, since it is just a scam. They are also working with some deal partners to seek funds from LPs and GPs to close deals. But they only closed 4 deals in 15 years. Here are my comments for all the stakeholders. • For Executives: I know BMP and BMC will promise you that they will offer you great training and a great future with PE firms if you decide to pay membership fees. However, they are just drawing a pie in the sky! BMP will let you use your own resources to source deals for them and they can present the deals and you to PE firms. In other words, executives are helping them source deals so that BMP can get fees from PE firms, by GIVING MONEY TO BMP! One executive called the office and he got super emotional to Gerald since he worked with BMP for about one year and no PE firm hired him! The only thing Gerald told him about was to keep patient and work harder! • For interns: Your experience at BMP cannot be your resume builders. How many deals have they closed? Only 4 deals in 15 years! They are Humanetics, Northwest Mailing Service, The Lion Brewery and Logistyx. You can check their website. What kind of PE firm can only close 4 deals in 15 years!!!!! You cannot get any actual transaction experiences since they just cannot close deals with so many excuses! I know they are always trying to persuade interns that you will get more experience if they work with them for more than 6 months since you can get more exposure to transaction opportunities with longer internship programs. However, most interns will only do administrative works, and if you did those tasks in a wrong way, they will not hesitate to yell at you and tell you that this is finance world!!! There four main things interns need to do every day: 1. BMP posted a lot of fake jobs on LinkedIn and scam people to apply for those jobs. Interns check emails and title their resumes to sales force. 2. “Mandate emails”- Interns will find qualified executives and email them so that BMP can scam them to buy their services. 3. BMC Outreach- Email and cold call PE firms to market their conferences service. Intern will need to send more than 200 emails per month and cold call those PE firms. Some PE firms have already marked them as spams, and they may hang out in a minute if interns tell them that they are working for BMC. 4. NDA review- That is probably the most valuable thing those interns are doing. BMP cannot afford legal document review fees so that they let interns review NDAs and agreements, to support Manchit in negotiating with investment bankers and PE firms. You probably have noticed that most duties are not related to PE. That’s why I said interns cannot build their career by wasting their time and money in BMP. They always say that they want to pay interns, but those interns cannot help them, because of their limited contribution. First, BMP cannot close deals anyway, as I mentioned. Second, those interns are helping BMP organize BMC conferences every two months. BMP should pay those interns since they are helping BMC make money! • For PE firms: BMC actually recommend some really good executives to PE firms. I would recommend BMC’s conference services to PE firms. Those conferences are very helpful to build in person connections with industry experts. I spent more than one hour explaining why executives and interns should not work with them because I hope no one will be scammed again. I know job searching is frustrating but there is no easy way to achieve your career goal. I had one great paid intern and now I am working in a fast-growing finance institution, by my efforts, not by my experience in BMP. Actually, I never talked about BMP in most of my interviews because I know interviewers will google BMP and they will know BMP's glassdoor reviews, which will harm my personal brand. AND YOU DO NOT WANT TO HARM YOUR PERSONAL BRANDS BY WORKING HERE!Continue reading
- Former Intern, less than 1 year★★★★★
Trouble shooting, onboarding new membersSep 25, 2022 - Information Technology InternRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Bright people, everyone plays an active role in preparation for one of the firm's flagship events which are called the Blackmore Connect Conference. As a young professional, you get exposure to C-suit executives in private equity across a wide range of industries. good networking opportunity.
Unpaid internship; since all interns' schedules are across timezones, it makes coordination difficult.
- Former Intern, less than 1 year★★★★★
Only one day required in their internship.Jan 10, 2014 - Analyst Intern in Chicago, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
The current (bless them) unpaid employees seem to be cool people. Gerald, the boss, has a great piece of advice, but it ends there.
1) There is absolutely no organization. Once you walk into the office, which is at a new building, there are a couple things you'll notice. It's a complete mess and everything is everywhere. No sense of professionalism, except in the way the interns decide to dress. My first impression of Gerald was that he must be very comfortable. He is the boss and I imagined that he would have a lot of influence and authority, but this was not the case. I am not here to bash him, I'm sure he is a great person, but as an incoming intern, I was slightly disappointed. The reason why was because before you go in, you have to watch an hour long presentation that Gerald does himself about the Private Equity Game. After listening, you are intrigued to learn more but I later realized that it is a very outdated presentation that he makes everyone watch at least twice while being hired as his intern. 2) Gerald emphasizes two things over and over again. Promptness. I strongly believe that work ethic is very important but if you want to learn this over the course of a six month unpaid internship, then you are very stubborn and you need to hurry and realize that you need a good work ethic to be successful in anything. The second thing he emphasizes is experience. This is the only value that he can offer since he is not going to put anything else into you. As an intern, your job is one of two things. Help in the organization and hiring process of the new batch of interns the next month. The second thing you'll do is to source deals which is mostly done through LinkedIn, asking for resumes and organizing all of that in order to target the right people for deals. SO in other words, you do the dirty work, don't get paid doing it, and you get the next batch of interns who will continue the vicious cycle. 3) None of the current workers want to be there. The 'work' environment is actually sad. Nobody really seems to enjoy what they're doing and everyone looks forward to leaving. Most of them are international students, which means that they came with no options of turning back. Unfortunately for them, they are doing everything they can but the name 'Blackmore Partners' holds no weight on their resumes. First impressions are very important and they could not show me even a single reason as to why I should sign a contract to be a full time unpaid intern. An effective leader invests in their team and gives them purpose and vision. The team reflects their leader and the team was lifeless, without motivation, and without a leader. I'm not saying you NEED to pay your workers, but if you're not going to pay them you have to give a bigger motivation and a bigger incentive in which the interns will find value in. The interns then look at the current and previous employees and their success stories. If you can only give one success story, then if you play the odds, this internship isn't worth putting your time in, especially if you're not even being compensated for basic costs.Continue reading
Blackmore Partners Response
Director of Talent Acquisition
The organization of our business is outlined in the internship syllabus that is sent to all applicants. If you are not looking at this internship as an opportunity to gain experience then it is probably not a good fit for you. Want to hear what the former President of Pepsi says about Blackmore and their business model? Go to the following YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsepnBlPT5U Like all internships, it is designed to be a learning experience. Interns are actually provided with the opportunity to do a higher level of work than most interns at other businesses. Because they make up a majority of the workforce, they are entrusted with critical responsibilities. There are several interns that choose to stay on after their six months are over which demonstrates that there are interns satisfied with the experience. Many leave here with a story to tell that lands them in great positions with reputable companies. Our prgram was modeled after "Junior Achievement. You get out of it what you put in. If you got nothing out of it, likely you did not apply yourself. And it looks like you lasted only a day. Since 2005, we estimate over 300 interns have gone through the program. The internship is a "training program" with clear and measurable written outcomes to develop those who cannot get a job in today market. Blackmore is only for those who want to cannot get a paid position because they lack training and experience. Those that complete the program gain measurable, repeatable skills valued by employers. Consider the scam was that after 4 years of college you were not employable, they took your money and did not deliver. In six months at Blackmore you build professional and communication skills that employers value and will pay. Also we are hiring: http://www.glassdoor.com/job-listing/ma-advisory-internship-private-equity-unpaid-6-month-JV_IC1128808_KO0,52_IE308034.htm?jl=1355930690&paoIdKey=MA==
Blackmore Partners Response
Director of Talent Acquisition