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Bloomberg L.P. Senior Software Developer Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good, coworkers are pretty good.

    Cons

    Some old technology and archaic build/deployment infrastructure, depending on group.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Suprisingly outdated software development environment for such a reputable company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Profitable company, name recognition, resume builder, frequent talks by industry-leading distinguished speakers, unlimited free almond milk

    Cons

    High stress environment. (I experienced this first hand, but also heard it from several employees in various other groups.) Company culture was opposed to using products developed outside the company (in the name of not being dependent on external suppliers). This led to employees having to use buggy internally-developed systems for mail, chat, calendar, bug tracking, room reservations, etc. Hard work and talent were not rewarded or appreciated. Out-of-touch management didn't know enough about industry standard software development practices to improve morale and efficiency. Poor leadership rewarded employees for undermining peers. Knowledge hoarding among employees for job protection was common. While the company overtly promised training opportunities for employees, employees were often discouraged from getting training and frequently had to cancel it due to excessive work loads. Some long-term employees, while having plenty of experience with operating internal legacy systems, had no software engineering experience, yet directly managed software engineers. Industry standard software development practices were lacking: no automated build system (developers hand-built code deployed to production servers), no automated testing, highly manual software deployment and configuration management, no integration between revision control and software release systems, no integration between code review and software release systems. Code base has large technical debt due to poor oversight and no leadership eye toward maintainability and code quality. Employees in a "senior software developer" role spent less than 10% of time on development, most of time on dealing with manual software deployment and frequent operational emergencies due to software breaking.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good overall, could use a technical track"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - How much you will learn varies greatly on the team. Thankfully, the process to change teams internally is seamless.
    - Challenging work (depending on the team)

    Cons

    - Direction of the business is sometimes unclear.
    - The tooling is not adequate for a company of this size.
    - No technical track for people who want to stay in engineering instead of moving to management.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a technical track to encourage and develop technical skills of engineers who want to pursue growth in engineering.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Work experience at Bloomberg"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enriching experience, very professional.
    Challenging work, everyday was different. Never had to worry about work getting monotonous. Fast paced, dynamic. Learnt a lot about giving back to the community. Great HR team.

    Cons

    Not much flexibility with timings and leaves.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Your job marketability will sink"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Other than compensation and benefits, there are none.

    Cons

    Working with antiquated technology all the while being micro-managed. You will have very little freedom to make improvements

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul yourselves.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company, stays hungry, dominates market"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg L.P. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits for family, they take care of you if you are loyal to them. Big company therefore opportunities to move around also. I was there for nearly 9 years and was able to create multiple roles for myself as a software engineer. Great place to learn about technology and business.

    Cons

    It does get somewhat "Dilbertesque" being a large company. But I think that is to be expected from 99+ percent of companies that have more than say 1000 employees.

    Advice to Management

    Review process if it could be made better would be great. The relative rating system that was adopted in the end was disheartening to say the least.


  7. "RnD"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    small team with hardworking employees

    Cons

    1. outdated technologies, hardware and tools to work with.
    2. No higher management vision on growing business
    3. career is stagnates after sometime

    Advice to Management

    support more innovation for future survival

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bloomberg LP"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Culture, Free Food, Great Health Benefits

    Cons

    Adoption to new technologies is slow paced.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It depends on which team you get in"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lay back work environment. Free snacks.

    Cons

    Old code base. UNIX environment. Be very careful on which team you apply. Ask questions before you join.

    Advice to Management

    Some team leads are boring and rigid. Need to think how to inspire developers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "pretty good!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg L.P. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Excellent salaries for software developers.
    Autonomy/self direction are encouraged.

    Cons

    Long hours, and always on call.
    All my teams have eaten lunch at their desks.
    Idiosyncratic and immature processes, though getting better.
    Management that "Gets It" on technical debt.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent; important policy decisions just get announced ex cathedra and attempts to understand the motivations are deflected. Value the buy in by not being heavy handed.