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Updated 10 May 2021

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  1. "Alternative Investments"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in London, England, England

    I worked at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    great culture and team support

    Cons

    remote working as an intern is difficult

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very surprised by the positive reviews!!! Far from reality in the long-term. You do not need to be particularly bright to succeed. Do your time, play the martyr, wave those vanity projects and virtue signal like there's no tomorrow, and you will have a fruitful career at BlackRock. Good for Graduates and looks good on paper.

    Cons

    Majority of middle managers have very poor industry expertise and desperately suffer from imposter syndrome. Worrying when you see a first year analyst consistently correct Managers. Sets a bad example for any talent that comes in. Company is so large that bonuses and promotions are not based on merit or skill. Roles are highly productionized, making it one of, if not the most profitable Asset Managers. Long-term employees are stuck and cannot find a job elsewhere or be competitive due to their "factory floor" experience. Most end up as Team leads (aka glorified HR) as oppose to Investment professionals.

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    "Not great for minority individuals especially Black employees"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Mid Level 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ok benefits, large brand name so good as a stepping stone to better jobs

    Cons

    Not a very good place to work. Team feels lifeless/disgruntled, with hostile ways of working. Does not reward/nurture talent fairly which results in high turnover. Those left at BlackRock are generally disengaged. Not Pay for Performance - HR will use this to justify the terrible pay gaps. Gender Pay Gap in UK bonuses is 64% on average with no data elsewhere. Even worse if you're a minority. The work stagnates your skills with little transferrable skills. Not great long-term. BlackRock has a clear racial discrimination problem. Low retention in Black employees across the firm. Lack of career progression for Black employees. Shamefully low compensation in comparison to non-black equivalents. Wouldn’t recommend for anyone that’s black or LGBTQ if your identity is important to you. Success is based on how well you can mirror your manager and seniors who are largely White straight males. And finally: any complaints you flag with HR will result in them driving you out.

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  4. "Great benefits"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Vice President 

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time off is actually respected

    Cons

    Sometimes can feel like too many cooks in the kitchen

  5. "Performance analyst"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Childcare Benefit, learning opportunity

    Cons

    Long hours, not any others

  6. "Great place to work. Leadership care about making it so."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to rise through the ranks, and more breadth than anywhere else in the industry, which allows you to become a rounded investor

    Cons

    Size of the firm can be a negative. Comp for analysts is also not as high as other firms.

  7. "It’s fine"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to work overall

    Cons

    Not a bad place to work

  8. "EMEA marketing at blackrock"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Content Marketing in London, England, England

    I worked at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    They’re a leader in their field and a few years at BLK enabled me to then be recruited by another (smaller) company who offered a big salary raise. BLK was a great stepping stone in my career.

    Cons

    It’s a huge company so it can be difficult to see your own impact. Now that’s a very personal thing. I like working in smaller size companies with more of an entrepreneurial spirit.

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  9. "Good place to work"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England, England

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Culture of the company. Salary.

    Cons

    Very big. Hard to progress.

  10. "Pretty damn good"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Hedge Fund Analyst in London, England, England

    I worked at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Top company, excellent work life balance

    Cons

    no major complaints or problems

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