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Bloomberg BNA Arlington Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Union jobs have excellent work/life balance and generous pay with annual raises (in 20 reviews)

  • Good work life balance, good benefits (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Opportunity for advancement only exists for young white males (in 5 reviews)

  • not much career growth established yet unless someone leaves in upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Editor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked for Bloomberg BNA for over 10 years. I was employed prior to the Bloomberg acquisition and I can say that the acquisition has yielded positive benefits to the organization. We have improved our technology, product offerings and the company culture is collaborative, inviting, and provides a great opportunity to learn new skills and advance within the organization. The benefits are great and the free snacks are an added bonus.

    Cons

    This is a very fast paced environment that requires that you work at a rapid pace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Good work-life balance"

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    Current Contractor - Temporary Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Contractor - Temporary Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Can adjust daily schedule (i.e. come in early or late) depending on your commute or other needs (ex. kids).

    Cons

    People at the office do not interact too much.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Long-term employees tossed aside in favor of underpaid millennials"

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    Former Employee - Senior Reporter in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Reporter in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks, beautiful office, convenient location, prestigious brand, generally friendly coworkers, union benefits and job protection, pay and work-life balance are generally good.

    Cons

    Clear favoritism for "star" employees who meet corporate goals (i.e. getting scoops), even when other employees' beats don't lend themselves to getting scoops. Long-term, older employees aren't valued even though they have decades of subject matter knowledge. When someone leaves -- as many people are doing -- they're replaced by a younger worker who is paid less and doesn't have nearly the amount of knowledge of the subject matter.

    Very few opportunities for union-represented employees to move into management. Many managers have wildly unrealistic expectations of their reporters and have never held reporting jobs. Company goals and emphases are constantly changing and are often based on the whims of one or two people at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Value your long-term employees. Respect the union and stop trying to break it during negotiations. Stop creating such a cutthroat atmosphere and stop fostering competition among your employees, it's demoralizing. Spread praise around and don't just constantly praise the same people over and over.


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  5. "Consultant"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with good fringe benefits. Most colleagues are nice and have been with the company for many years.

    Cons

    Open space, without cubicles makes working there a challenge. It may seem that it provides a collaborative work environment; however, it is very distracting, making it hard to concentrate.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback provided to management feel on deaf ears.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Editor"

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    Current Employee - Managing Editor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Editor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice work life balance, friendly atmosphere, lots of innovation to be a part of if to are willing to step-up!

    Cons

    Upper managements understanding of products and subscriber needs could improve. There is a lot of energy/resources spent on measuring and metric checking when there sometimes should be more spent on action!

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate trust in the people you selected to lead-be more receptive to what you people leaders tell you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work...For the most part"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Room for growth in some departments. Union jobs have excellent work/life balance and generous pay with annual raises.

    Cons

    Certain employees who have been around for many years need to move on. They are bringing down productivity levels and impeding progress.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Poor Management/Limited Opportunities to Move Up"

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    Current Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Limited work week--37.5 hours with some overtime

    Cons

    Persistent sense of unfairness in how place is managed and who gets promoted--lots of playing favorites/inside politics. What management wants changes from minute to minute. Very few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on a direction and stick to it. Stop demotivating core employees. Stop the schizophrenic and often unattainable goals you set.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Uncapped commission, monthly and quarterly bonuses, supportive management, and ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Little-to-no support sales support. You must be independent and motivated in order to be successful in this role. I also have no life outside of work, the job is high stress and draining.

    Advice to Management

    Begin promoting motivated and responsible millennials to senior leadership roles. Although they may not have traditional experience, they can contribute valuable insights.


  10. "Excellent Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Helpful employees
    Mentorship
    Internship customization to your needs and interests

    Cons

    There is very little wrong with the internship program as the company actively works to improve it each year. Any suggestions made throughout the internship are followed up and pursued for improvement.


  11. Helpful (13)

    "Hamster running in a wheel"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people there, subject mater of the products is interesting. Office is in a decent location - transportation is partially subsidized by employer which is nice.

    Cons

    Unless you are part of a select group there (which itself is mostly white males) you will not have an easy time of things here. Office politics and gossip rule this place and people will sell you out for any chance of even a HOPE of advancing themselves. Corporate priorities change almost daily and there is always a feeling that things are ready-fire-aim. Senior leadership is out of touch with clients and prospects in the market. Also out of touch with their own employees. Morale is so low -- I am hard pressed to think of anyone who actually liked their job even 10% of the time. To call it a toxic environment is an understatement - some coworkers are just flat out mean, rude and nasty to one another. Lots of folks have been there FOREVER so are just killing time until they retire -- but there is seemingly no succession planning other that continue to promote members of that elite group of white males.



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