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Bloomberg L.P. London Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. "Contracts Negotiator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company good benefits good prospects

    Cons

    Can be political and lengthy process

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. "Bloomberg is a great company to work for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the benefits and the growth opportunities that company provided. Great job where you get a great appreciation for your skills and time spent. And first of all - the people. There are some great teams there. We were like a family together. We were not looking at each other like a competitors, but like friends. You always get the help you need and you are happy to provide help to others to help them grow and improve. Completely recommended as a first employer - you would get a lot of support and valuable skills.

    Cons

    Like with all big companies, it was hard to bring changes in. And when you give up - there are others coming who don't. And then you feel that they have achieved more in less time.

    Advice to Management

    Try a bit more to feel the people - even if they great where they are - they may be able to achieve more if you offer them opportunities. Especially the juniors who are not so keen to ask

  3. "Impressive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Reporter in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Reporter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg L.P. as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the best employers.

    Cons

    None to report for now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Find the right team"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg L.P. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * If you're good at what you do, salary can be incredible
    * Lots of great technical challenges - whether it's around scaling and performance, migrating away (safely) from 30 year old technology, or dealing with features so central to the financial industry that we call our bugs "world problems"
    * Money is almost never an issue so the company will buy licences for pretty much any developer tools you may need as long as license terms have been OK'd. Workstations are top notch (large monitors etc.)
    * Opportunities to go to conferences, all paid for by the company.
    * The company invites lots of well-known external speakers to present and do training internally.
    * Laptops are rolling out across the company so more opportunities to work-from-home
    * Talented people, though I think this can be patchy depending on the team you are on.
    * If you want to switch teams, the company and managers are very accomodating
    * Great benefits, access to free events
    * Company-branded fidget spinners

    Cons

    * Out-dated propriety technology - though things have definitely been changing in the last few years and there is a very visible drive to improve this
    * The downside to the amazing salary is that you can't leave... so if you get stuck working with crappy technologies and you don't have the power to change it can be a tough situation to deal with.
    * If you end up on the wrong team, you can get stuck writing crappy javascript monoliths for 5 years without learning anything and you'll essentially be un-hireable, even by other teams within the company.
    * The free food is mostly carbohydrate-based junk - crisps, bars, candy.
    * Massive delays in deploying software and services due to firewall and proxy and machine change requests that take weeks/months to be applied.
    * Open office environment can destroy productivity if you like to get in "the zone".

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the legacy crap. Let's do this.


  5. "Interesting 3-month internship"

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    Former Intern - Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Various teams with experts in their field
    - High calibre of work and people
    - Opportunity to produce and publish own work
    - Mix of nationalities

    Cons

    - Competitive application process to stay on after
    - Some opportunities for teamwork but often is quite individual research by nature
    - Long hours


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Internship in Software Infrastructure"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, great advantages. Awesome chats to find people practicing what you like to practice. Great salary with awesome projects

    Cons

    Everything was great from my point of view


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg L.P. full-time

    Pros

    People are nice, and if you are open to discovering your own paths, there could be many opportunities!

    Cons

    Proprietary technology cuts you off from the wider programming community

    Advice to Management

    Embrace open source more!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Contracts"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Contract Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Company name
    -Competitive salaries
    -Multinational environment

    Cons

    - Harassment and bullying which is supported by and often carried out by middle management.
    - Insufferable working environment.
    - Micromanagement and lack of rewards or positive feedback to internal employees.
    -Unskilled people
    -No salary raise even if you move departments for the first 8-10 months.
    -Very long hours including demands to work unpaid weekends and bank holidays.
    -Micro-political games that can actually affect your career there despite your real performance.
    - Poor internal career progression programs. An application to move to another department cannot be made until 18 months within Bloomberg has been completed.
    -No recognition if you spend more hours at work or if your productivity is high.
    - Over-advertised ''Bloomberg culture''

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing political games on your employees shoulders in order for you to show power and authority.
    Start caring more about your employees as individuals and work with them as a team.
    Start hiring people who have a vision and ambitions and not people who just want to behave like low-level clerks either managers or associates..


  9. "Stable company with good salary and long hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, Stable job, Good location, Great benefits, Professional environment, Free trainings

    Cons

    Lots of beaurocracy, Legacy source code, Lots of meetings

    Advice to Management

    Try isolating your developers as much as possible from management meetings and give them time to work


  10. "Internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg L.P. as an intern

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, good salary, interesting projects

    Cons

    No food for dinner/lunch so you buy it on your own


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