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Bloomberg L.P. Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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  • Bloomberg's work-life balance isn't for all (in 80 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to start your career."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great work life balance, great salary and awesome perks.

    Cons

    Legacy technology and lot's of processes.


  2. "Awesome place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment. Bloomberg LP is a technology company first, their talent level is amazing.

    Cons

    No cons as of now

  3. "Great Place to get a broad spectrum of experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Salary
    Excellent mobility from one dept to another
    Management opportunities
    NYC

    Cons

    Due to the tribal/social culture of Bloomberg, all of the magic happens in NYC.

    If you're in one of the satellite offices, they are, unfortunately satellite offices.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on written, searchable communication for teams and groups to better enable cooperation from other offices.


  4. "Senior Software developer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 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

    Takes care employees. work life balance is good. Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    not much career progress. Long commute

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced development environment, smart people

    Cons

    No clarity about career path, less opportunities for growth


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Waste of time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If you have any interest in finance, they offer lectures to all engineers. The classes don't go deep but cover many verticals of financial markets.

    All other perks mentioned here (e.g.: snacks, drinks, 401k matching) are subpar when compared to other silicon alley companies.

    Cons

    Managers are control freaks, Senior managers are power clingy. Both together are completely clueless on how to attract, motivate, and retain talents.

    Advice to Management

    Find another job.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There's a great atmosphere here, with many friendly, interesting, and highly intelligent individuals.
    The work is very challenging and rewarding, and the teams cover so many areas that there's something for every kind of developer.
    The company is also very generous to its employees, with some of the best health coverage and benefits.

    Cons

    There are parts of the system that are very old.
    Teams vary from working with the latest trend, to being very stuck in their ways.
    The atmosphere differs greatly depending on the office.

  8. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good Benefits
    - Fun people to work with
    - Good new projects

    Cons

    - Dated arch sometimes limits you
    - A lot of push needed to adapt to new technology stack

    Advice to Management

    Please, build less pressure for us at times so we can focus and deliver much better. Also, let us build new system rather than always patch working to keep client happy.


  9. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg L.P. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and great benefits package

    Cons

    No free meals. Work life balance could be better.


  10. Helpful (20)

    "A software engineer's perspective"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bloomberg has a very specific culture and they work very hard at maintaining the stability, integrity, happiness and fairness for all their employees across all work domains. They really strive to take care of you and also are very focused on their clients and supporting them. Their culture is however a bit entrenched and rigid so you either like it or you don't. Overall the company is extremely stable, performs well and runs smoothly. They also managed not to fire anyone during the economic downturn of 2008 which says a lot about how they operate. One last plus in their favor is that they are very green, conscientious about the environment, therefore they do a lot of recycling and energy saving. For a large NY corporation this is very rare!
    Lastly, as an engineer, you will work with some of the brightest people in the city. Bloomberg goes to crazy lengths at attracting the best of the best.

    Cons

    The only time you're going to make good money is when you join, so negotiate well your starting salary because afterwards your raises will be small. Company has tons of extra cash, they throw lavish summer parties, spend enormously on office architecture and all sorts or internal projects, continuously reorganize and redecorate their buildings, etc. however I'm not 100% this is what employees really care about the most. Why not use that money to give higher bonuses and salaries? For NYC they're not that competitive IMHO.
    Another issue is opportunity and growth. The company is very hierarchical and people who are in management positions never move up. Therefore expect to be doing the same job for decades before seeing any promotion on the horizon. That's a big negative for most.
    Thirdly, expect to be criticized if you screw up, but don't expect too much praise if you do well.
    Fourth, company has fairly high turnover rate, which tells you something about employee expectation and career prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people more often, use money more wisely instead of unnecessary spending it on useless stuff. Give higher bonuses and more raises. Try harder at retaining talent.