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"Toxic culture... stay far, far away."

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Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at BlackRock as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Good compensation, convenient location. I'm sorry that nothing else positive comes to mind but I have to write a twenty word minimum.

Cons

BlackRock is constantly hiring because no one with marketable skills stays longer than a year or two. The culture is completely toxic. BlackRock has grown through mergers much too fast without paying any attention to culture and positive assimilation of acquired populations, so the factional infighting and blame-shifting is the worst I have ever seen. This place is just one giant back-stabbing, mud-slinging, food fight all the time. Stay far, far away if you are a creative, innovative, results-oriented person who likes to get things done. Deeply ingrown old-timers here make careers out of being an obstacle to block change to protect their own jobs - and it works.

Advice to Management

It's time to make some painful decisions about finishing functional consolidation and eliminating dysfunctional legacy populations that are working against the organization's goals.

Other Employee Reviews for BlackRock

  1. "Great place to start my career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I joined BlackRock right out of college and found it was an ideal place to start my career. The CEO and management team were highly respected which has profound affects on the culture from the top down. While it was not quite as relaxed as the San Francisco office, I found solid work life balance.

    Cons

    BlackRock shares many of the same issues that all businesses of its size face - some slow decision making or lack of oversight.

    Advice to Management

    I would have appreciated more opportunities to network and meet others within the company. I also would have liked more mentorship outside of my direct boss and group.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Disorganized and difficult to navigate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, pockets of excellence, market leader, great brand. Global and ubiquitous

    Cons

    I worked here for just over a year having been recruited from a prestigious investment bank. Joined with other smart people, all of whom have since moved on due to frustrations with how decisions are made and the lack of consistency between mgmt strategy and implementation. Very frustrating experience

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people too senior and skilled for the job you really need. Sometimes you need B players.

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