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Updated 5 Apr 2020

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  • "Work-life balance subject to your team(in 193 reviews)

  • "You end up working very long hours just to get your day to day done(in 131 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Big friendly FinTech"

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    Current Employee - Director, IT in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Culture - Flexible & Supportive Lots of Innovation New Technologies

    Cons

    Can be difficult to climb ladder

    BlackRock2019-09-19
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    "It was a good place"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed working there, it was fun

    Cons

    It's a big company which has its downsides

    BlackRock2019-07-21
  3. "Fantastic place to learn and develop"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *should start by saying this is the only Multi national I have worked for* - huge resources to learn and develop, particularly for those with a wider interest in finance than their specific area - flat hierarchy with largely open and friendly leadership. Challenging (respectfully) more senior colleagues is encouraged in creating a more rounded debate - many opportunities for those ready to ask for and take them (people put this as a negative but it’s down to you to direct your own career) - learn how a huge company operates in terms of structure, risk management etc. Transferable skills and knowledge to take to less developed businesses. - through the coronavirus period, management has gone to huge lengths to reassure staff and has been on top of everything going on - decent salary plus benefits (again unsure on comps) but large pension contributions are very welcome - a focus on output and actual contribution rather than hours worked. This also (in our team) facilitated flexible working, e.g gym at lunch, if it leads to better business outcomes - This is a huge bonus for me.

    Cons

    - a lot of people at VP/D level who don’t want to make decisions and are happy to cruise - creates bottlenecks for more junior talent. Choose the team you’re joining carefully to ensure there is scope to grow your role. - a lot of meetings which routinely overrun with little, if any, useful output. Many of these run by the aforementioned group. - trying to push through any change is difficult beyond your own area - lots of layers of approval - the business is very US centric. They are taking steps to address this via regionalisation of the business etc, but it remains a very clearly US centric business - depending on who your manager is you may find yourself lacking a genuine career sponsor and that opportunities are actively reduced (not for me but have seen with colleagues) - this is specific to certain people and will always occur in a business of any significant size. There are options for internal mobility that can help alleviate this as well.

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    BlackRock2020-03-31
  4. "Confusing culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    Technology sets this business apart

    Cons

    Too many middle managers

    BlackRock2020-04-05
  5. "Good organization with poor middle management"

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    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good internal mobility Informal and non hierarchical culture Solid and well-diversified business model

    Cons

    Lack of transparency on the company' strategy "Yes men" rather than actually talented professionals preferred for career advancement

    BlackRock2020-03-23
  6. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Analyst 

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    great working environment and amazing people

    Cons

    Hours can be long and may have to take work back home

    BlackRock2020-02-27
  7. "burn and churn"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BlackRock full-time

    Pros

    good financial benefits and that's it

    Cons

    expect you to be married to your job whether you earn £30k or £500k

    BlackRock2020-02-27
  8. "Very good compensation for an easy job"

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    Current Employee - Analyst/Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, unlimited holiday, up to 14% employer pension contribution

    Cons

    Work could be boring and you need to put effort to challenge yourself

    BlackRock2020-02-03
  9. "Well looked after, fun environment"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Innovative people - Good work benefits (flexible time off) - Opportunities to move internally/abroad

    Cons

    - Lots of change - you have to be adaptable - Not the best for diversity

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    BlackRock2020-02-01
  10. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good culture, good diversity, equality.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about.

    BlackRock2020-01-18
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