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Bloomberg BNA Reviews

Updated 8 November 2017
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Pros
  • Union jobs have excellent work/life balance and generous pay with annual raises (in 24 reviews)

  • Good work life balance, good benefits (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Opportunity for advancement only exists for young white males (in 5 reviews)

  • not much career growth established yet unless someone leaves in upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "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. "Anonymous"

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

    Pros

    Great company environment and culture

    Cons

    Lacks proper communication structure


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  5. "Sales"

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

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent products, great benefits, field sales staff has tremendous flexibility.

    Cons

    Must be a strong Hunter in order to be successful in sales.


  6. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Executive in Arlington, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary Pay, benefits are outstanding , best ive seen

    Cons

    Out dated software sales methods and tools


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Poor management. "Good 'ol boy" culture. Good people leave and bad managers get promoted."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    Worked there for almost two years and none come to mind.

    Cons

    Certain departments in IT have very prejudicial/racist hiring practices. HR department turns a blind eye to this and simply chalks it up to "hiring pool availability". Basically, if you're not the same race as the management, don't expect to be hired. If hired, don't expect to be treated fairly. This place is all about brown nosing your way to the top; not based on merit or work performance. The good people see this and move on to another company. The bad people, AKA "the management", take advantage of the turnover they cause and continue to thrive while making the work environment there unbearable. Lots of people in management should not be in management.

    Bloomberg BNA Response

    16 Nov 2017 – Corporate Counsel/EEO Manager

    Thank you for your feedback.

    Bloomberg BNA is an equal opportunity employer that prides itself on building a diverse workforce. We view diversity as a core business strategy and we have taken... More


  8. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Bloomberg BNA full-time

    Pros

    It's a great company to work for. Good work life balance, great benefits, great pay.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on promoting employees within the company a little more.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Editor"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, pantry with coffee, tea, cereals, fruits, convenient location in Arlington. Union protection for employees though much weaker since Bloomberg bought company

    Cons

    BNA become vessel for Bloomberg. No trace of anything other than fear, abuse used as main methods to squeeze employees to work to achieve impossible performance goals while management goes to meetings not helping with workload. Union work week is 37.5 hours- many employees work overtime without reporting it for fear of not meeting performance goals. Employees get younger and younger, older employees targeted often to leave so they can be replaced by younger workers. Targeting vicious and union weaker than it used to be so employees have less protection. Very high turnaround because of stress and lack of morale generally.

    Advice to Management

    Middle Management in difficult position. Those that try to be reasonable get outvoted and are in fear of losing jobs. Employees encouraged to volunteer on weekends for philanthropic activities to reflect well on company but always scheduled for weekends or lunchtimes so there is more demands on employees. Emails sent from Human Resources to inquire about what volunteer activities employees participate in


  10. Helpful (7)

    "zero career growth"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomberg BNA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Targeting behavior by male management to induce people to quit, Derogatory comments by male colleagues without reprimand , Few promotions or advancement opportunities for women, conflicting management priorities with no clear direction - Old boys club culture.

    Bloomberg BNA Response

    23 Oct 2017 – Sr. Dir. Talent Acquisition

    We take your concerns seriously and encourage you to contact your HR business partner for a confidential discussion.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location and lasting relationships with colleagues built on shared misery.

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership, mismanaged budgets and lack of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Start at the top. Senior leaders with 20 + years at BNA/BBNA should go first.


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