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Bloomberg BNA Reviews

Updated 15 February 2019
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  • "The benefits are terrific, as is the work/life balance" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Good compensation for the cost of living in DC, good benefits and relocation bonus" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "It may seem that it provides a collaborative work environment; however, it is very distracting, making it hard to concentrate" (in 8 reviews)

  • "The initial buyout was very beneficial for longtime employees who owned a lot of stock in this former employee-owned company" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Sales Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of learning, freedom, and hands on activities. There also is a huge pantry with free breakfast/lunch foods. Everyone that interned there also had the opportunity to earn a full time position through the Start Program.

    Cons

    Aside from the other interns you really don't have interaction with anyone else in the office (which is pretty large)

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate the interns with the full time employees some how. Other than that it's great.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "If you want your sales career to die this is the place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like chocolate there seems to be an endless supply here, they also have fruit on offer.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but for the benefit of those looking to work here I will try to be neutral.

    I can only speak for the UK London office, Sales training is SHOCKINGLY awful. I mean - there is no sales training, you have some videos to watch and some tests on product knowledge, and then you basically come in and the sales manager goes on calls with you, which leaves you with little room to breathe.

    Other sales managers might be different, but they are all based in the US, the sales structure is strange where there is just one team dealing with sales outside of North America.

    So no room to progress if you want to move into management you have to wait for people to leave.

    Treatment of contractors is equal to treatment of second class citizens. Its appalling to see really.

    Leadership in the office have zero interest in their own employees well being. A lot of fake sincerity and lack of authenticity at the top which kills the motivation of employees. Also leadership sits in glass bowls away from employees - the power distance is ridiculous.

    No one is happy. I mean no one on the permanent staff seem truly happy. There is a sense that they are all desperate to leave if an opportunity came their way.

    There are toxic employees too - those who just complain, and emanate with negativity, because they have worked at BNA for years management can't get rid of them.

    The office is deathly quiet - no one talks, no communication. And when I say no communication I mean it - think about the repercussions regardless of what job you do if people don't talk?

    Too much unspoken resentment for the MD. Toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt or perish. General inability to adapt is not helpful, you need to change the attitude of we have been doing sales like this for the last ten years and will continue to do so...landscape is changing so incorporate new ideas and listen to employees. Failure to do so will lead to eventual collapse.

    Communicate with your employees, get to know them, what makes them tick. Really try to build a culture of open communication, because its a basic human requirement.

    Start firing people. I know its not easy - but there are some people in that office that never do any work. Or do very little. They need to be held accountable.

    Change the seating plan.

    Treat people with respect.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    Pros

    The products seem to be well respected in the market and I found a lack of outsized egos.

    Cons

    The office 'atmosphere' is moribund, there seems to be a lack of effective leadership and employee engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer and more charismatic leadership needed.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away from this company."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are somewhat good

    Cons

    Horrible place. You cannot go to HR when you have a compliant since all they do is fire people or they partner up with managers to help get rid of you

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully upper mamagement will open their eyes.


  5. "Management is terrible"

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor
    Current Employee - Senior Editor

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    Substantive work is interesting. Benefits are OK.

    Cons

    Management uses employees as pawns to try to push out the law firm that has the most knowledgeable and capable tech editors. Turf war between the more pricey law firm portfolio editors and the non-JD BNA "editors" at Bloomberg. Product suffers as a result. Thankfully, some of the worst, most narcissistic managers (the one w/the mustache) retired. He was awful.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "No room to grow"

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    Current Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Legal Editor in Arlington, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare and union are the best part of BNA. Their ERG's are also great but managers (especially in news) don't really promote participation.

    Cons

    Very little diversity and opportunity to move up in the company. They will expect you to do the same work as others but will not even consider you for a raise.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Company in transition"

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    Former Employee - Senior Legal Editor in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Legal Editor in Arlington, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    smart & generally collaborative, friendly co-workers; sometimes interesting work; opportunities for creative work if in the right position

    Cons

    micro-mangers sweating to please the Bloomberg corporate heads in NYC; pressure flows downward; ever-changing editorial directions. It will be interesting to see what Bloomberg ultimately decides to do with BNA, a formerly independent, employee-owned, niche legal publisher. My sense is Bloomberg wants to reshape BNA in its own image, for better or for worse, regardless of customer preference.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility on editorial decisions to middle manager and rank & file professionals. Don't try to fit all into same cookie cutter or technological fad of the day.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Other Business in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Other Business in Arlington, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    A huge pantry and some nice people. But too much changes and a lot of office politics

    Cons

    Not a good place to work


  9. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, flexible schedule, fantastic benefits, great income potential

    Cons

    Some markets are tougher than others


  10. "Bloomberg BNA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    Great company, fantastic training experience

    Cons

    Hard training program, must move