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Pros
  • "Great benefits where you don't pay for health insurance and they do 50% 401k match(in 769 reviews)
  • "The people are great and they provide dozens of opportunities to get to know the company more.(in 526 reviews)
  • "Great culture and a clear vision on how to be a highly successful private company.(in 378 reviews)
  • "Good work life balance: 8am to 6pm and you are done at 6pm most of the times(in 326 reviews)
  • "Free food and drink is nice with treats.(in 294 reviews)
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  • "Micro management and competition pressure(in 332 reviews)
  • "A bad manager can do what he likes and the company will cover him irrespective of your complaints.(in 226 reviews)
  • "Long hours and often down time(in 182 reviews)
  • "Strict, Late Working Hours, Sometimes hard to reach(in 85 reviews)
  • "Absolute micromanagement and no career progression whatsoever.(in 74 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Former Contractor

    Princeton Office

    Nov 3, 2015 - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Free food that's really good -Top notch technology and modern office -Using the terminal

    Cons

    -People treat you like you don't exist -Very hard to move up -Not enough bathrooms for such a big office -No cellphone reception since its in the middle of nowhere

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Good company if you work just need a VISA sponsorship. But otherwise a horrible place to be for a software developer.

    Jul 12, 2014 - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    free snacks. company can apply for a green card for you, that's what most H2B VISA employees are here for. every year we have summer picnic in randall's island. The food quality in this one a year event is no where as good as google NYC office's food.

    Cons

    Be assured that you won't be doing anything advanced in terms of programming. They focus on pushing out the product ASAP. Now customers thinks, wow that's fast. Then, when something breaks(because of poor design, no unit test, they hire people who doesn't know how to write proper OOP code etc. etc.) then we apply quick hacky fix. Then client thinks, wow, what a customer service! This is basically why they're NOT changing, there's no business reason to change. If you are a good programmer, you will find better paying company and better environment to learn. Now they are having trouble hiring people, they even changed the policy regarding hiring past employees. (It used to be if you quit, you can never come back.) Also, it used to be that you have to pass 80% grade in their training class upon hiring, otherwise you get fired. Now.. there's no such thing, because they can't afford to lose more people. The standard has definitely gone down. I would definitely not recommend this company to my programmer friends. I know at least 5 people who are actively preparing for job interviews. These are the better programmers in R&D as well. I also know many people are there just waiting for the green card, once they get, it, they say they'll get out of here ASAP. I should not have chosen Bloomberg the first place, I regret it. Their HR response was the fastest among the companies I applied to, that was the only reason I chose it because it was the first offer I got. I rejected subsequent (at least better in terms of pay) offers from other companies all because I already accepted the offer from Bloomberg. Time you interviews right, don't make the same mistake! I only stayed as long as I have because my green card is almost here. I will quit the day I get it. Too many better opportunities out there. There's more to life than trivial DRQS's.

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    27 people found this review helpful
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  4. 1.0
    Current Employee

    If you have another offer, take it!

    Nov 17, 2009 - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Free medical/dental and free food (snacks and drinks). some of the smartest people you'll meet. that's about it. If you have another offer, take it!

    Cons

    1) no flexible time. 2) very long hours (9-6 manditory...though they won't admit it). take lunch or don't, you must be there for 9 hrs at least. and that's a short day. 3) project management is a joke. 4) proprietary technology and outdated. 5) forget finding another job. yuo'll forget what you know in about 3 months and won't be able to put anything on your resume. 6) they like to hire fresh graduates so they can mold them to their culture.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Average... Good for CS people though.... Keeps you busy

    Jun 9, 2010 - Financial Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly Enviorment No restrictions Free Food (Lots and Lots of Junk and Organic food) Better than industry kind of pay (Not top though)

    Cons

    Keeps you busy (Get lot of work done from you in returns of good pay) You need to know how to bull-shit even if you do not know how to do something Lot of legacy legacy code..... not worth learning it for professional growth

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    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome Pay, Benefits, Management, Technically Behind the Times

    Aug 16, 2015 - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are top notch. If you go above and beyond, you will be recognized with huge bonus and huge base pay increase. Full family insurance paid with no employee contribution and a medical doctor in the building you can see for free. Incredible yearly party where a whole island is rented out with amusement park rides and free food -- great for family. Company really does good for society -- e.g. if you volunteer 40 hours, there is a 'dollars for your hours' program that can donate $5000 to that charity.

    Cons

    Technically, seems sort of behind. Half the code base is Fortran. Bizarre restrictions on things like Boost. Low level C++ libraries are high quality, but higher level code is a mess. In many teams, you might spend hours each week just trying to get your code to link because all the libraries are changing underneath you all the time. The databases and GUI are bizarre proprietary stuff that are a pain to use and these skills are useless outside of Bloomberg. The email and proprietary issue tracking systems are terrible, with basic things like word wrapping not working reliably. If you like finance and high salary, you might look past these shortcomings.

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    9 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Big office with lots of nice food

    Jan 16, 2021 - Developer in London, England
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Big office and infrastructure. Free food and drink is nice with treats.

    Cons

    Very big company so felt a little unimportant

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    Jan 9, 2023 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Pantry and constant indulgence with healthy foods and snacks - Good benefits and pension - Non mjco managey environment

    Cons

    - Work Vs Life balance can be sporadic

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  9. 2.0
    Current Contractor, less than 1 year

    Horrible for college grads

    Jul 16, 2013 - Data Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The cafeteria is well stocked and the food offered is quite good. Some individuals can be polite (on the surface). Relaxed atmosphere and everyone is out by 4:30

    Cons

    There are no career advancement opportunities or career pathways for college grads looking for a start. Every recent grad is a temp- given salaried responsibilities, with none of the benefits. While permanent employees are polite, they are condescending and downright cold to temps. The Princeton location is not even in downtown Princeton and is a hellish daily commute for anyone outside of Mercer or Middlesex counties. All temps are given green badges- same as the janitors, parking valets and food servers. This tells you what the really think of you- not much. Permanent staff make jokes at expense of temps when they believe temps aren't looking. Management tells temps absolutely nothing and while temps are "encouraged to become part of the team" in theory, in practice we are to keep our heads down and shut up. The job title on the resume isn't even worth it because the job titles are confusing misnomers that other employers cannot and will not bother to figure out. It took me several months to figure out that temps are better off disregarding what Bloomberg tells you to use on a resume and describe yourself simply as an admin. assistant of some sort. This office is for upper class kids whose parents can afford to indulge their kids working a meaningless job with weak pay for over a year, and for those of any age who believed that high school was the highlight of their lives ( everyone sticks to their clique, gossip a lot behind people's backs). On top of that, the pay is $15/hour ( if you are lucky), and there is no attempt by leaders to hire from within or promote college grads to permanent status. They won't even tell you if there is an open perm. position. If you are already established and around 40-45 years old, Bloomberg is a fantastic company. It just thrives on sucking the life out of their young naive staff members in an overall Orwellian caste system. Plus, the work is monotonous. Finally, when you are looking for a new job, the managers are prohibited from offering themselves as a reference or discussing anything beyond the dates that you have worked there. No value for grads looking for a place to start. Never, ever go to the Princeton office if you are under 30, or trust anyone there either.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good company

    Jan 21, 2021 - Journalist in London, England
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture and company Food and snacks Work ethic and support

    Cons

    A bit disorganised but otherwise okay

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  11. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Ok

    Feb 22, 2012 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    free food is not bad; also the coffee is free; don't have to pay premiums for healthcare which is nice

    Cons

    scheduled work hours are eight am to six pm and the pay is not too attractive for an educated new yorker

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    1 person found this review helpful
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