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26 July 2020

How are the career development opportunities at BlackRock?

Pros

Larry (CEO) and other members of the senior management are fantastic to listen to. They are interesting and inspiring, and keep me going, which is something I will miss when I leave. Great leadership. Great culture from the top and great drive for excellent people management, it's a shame that it doesn't always permeate to the lower echelons of the company and opposing sub-cultures have formed in certain areas, which are backwards and regressive.

Cons

Long hours. They have something called Flexible Time Off rather than statuatory holidays, and you don't always get enough or same amount of time off as you might in other places. Burning out is a risk. No career opportunities, especially now that there's no internal mobility. The area I am in is very clichey, which can hinder any opportunity or recognition if you are not considered one of them. Under-performing teams and people are not dealt with and given the appropriate training or development. They become a real burden, which increases the workload, hence longer hours. It's not enjoyable having to compensate for them constantly. My experience in BlackRock Finance has so far been poor. I was not treated well, especially for the first 18 months. It become marginally better when I started looking for other roles internally, i.e. a bad employer is like a bad boyfriend, he only starts paying attention to you when you start leave. However I do believe that it is localised to this area and I know other teams are good to work in.

Advice to Management

My advice to middle management is listen to senior management and follow their lead. Stop thinking you know better!

26 July 2020

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28 December 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at BlackRock?

Pros

I've been at BlackRock for 15 years, but it wasn't my first job. I've risen from Associate to VP to Directory and, now, to MD. It's been a great and exciting journey, being part of BlackRock's (and Aladdin's) growth over that time. I work in BlackRock Solutions and have been involved with expanding Aladdin's capabilities my entire career in different ways. The rapid growth of the business created a huge amount of opportunity for me and many others as the firm has grown about 10x since i've been here. That results in stretch roles for high performers early on in terms of managing people and teams, being responsible for major projects, interacting directly with clients, travelling to clients as well as expansion offices. One of the other reasons i've stayed is just that it's a fun atmosphere and people are generally nice, helpful, and cooperative. It really is a "One BlackRock" mentality which comes from the top from Larry and Rob K. 15 years has gone by quickly and the work tends to get better and more fun as you progress, since you get deeper in your areas of expertise, build your network of friends and colleagues, and are able to grow impact and ability to affect change.

Cons

Being a large company that has been doing technology for 30+ years, we're not the fastest moving in terms of adopting/deploying the latest tech. This is understandable and somewhat inevitable given the size and also the criticality of our tech to managing a huge amount of money. So, as an engineer, you have to value and have passion for building things that are super reliable, maintainable, scalable, operable, mission-critical and everything that goes with that versus using the latest open-source project or cloud service.

28 December 2020

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13 January 2021

Does BlackRock have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

Great people and mentorship, culture of learning

Cons

Hierarchical and difficult for lateral movement.

13 January 2021

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19 November 2020

How are promotions handled at BlackRock?

Pros

Very good training and culture

Cons

Promotions based on office politics, not merit

19 November 2020

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28 April 2020

What is the feeling of job security at BlackRock?

Pros

BlackRock has strong long-term prospects in the industry, good job security, and a stellar reputation should you seek to change jobs.

Cons

BlackRock pays less than competitors and asset management often does not lead to many logical next steps.

Advice to Management

Increase development team headcount, add transparency to compensation.

28 April 2020

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