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Bluecrest Capital Reviews

Updated 5 Jul 2019

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Bluecrest Capital CEO Michael Edward Platt
Michael Edward Platt
12 Ratings
  1. "Great Work-Life Balance"

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

    I have been working at Bluecrest Capital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Work-Life Balance Flexible and understanding management team Individual initiatives are supported Superb office environment, great company-paid lunch Free drinks and breakfast Very central location

    Cons

    Relatively small (450) company, not much room for career progression

    Advice to Management

    Have employee engagement surveys and act on them.

    Bluecrest Capital2019-07-05
  2. "Where are all these horrid people I keep reading about?"

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    Current Employee - Tech Team Lead in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been reading the reviews on Glassdoor for this place for quite a while and I don't really understand a lot of them. BlueCrest certainly has its faults like any company, but lack of manners isn't one of them. My favourite thing about working here is that people are actually friendly, polite and helpful. Yes it's PnL driven, but that's the purpose of the business!

    Cons

    Direction and requirements change rapidly here. It keeps it interesting as a place to work, but can be frustrating if you're used to being left to work on something for a long time.

    Bluecrest Capital2019-06-26
  3. "Decent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - IT Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, interesting work. Decent remuneration.

    Cons

    Long hours which reduce work life balance

    Advice to Management

    No advice to give here

    Bluecrest Capital2019-05-01
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid"

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

    I worked at Bluecrest Capital full-time

    Pros

    Lunch is decent...says it all when that is the only good thing to mention

    Cons

    The greedy management will do everything to make themselves richer and treat the rest of the firm as nothing but replaceable numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless, maybe when they one day get fired they will realise....

    Bluecrest Capital2019-05-14
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic"

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

    I worked at Bluecrest Capital full-time

    Pros

    Lunch subsidy & good location

    Cons

    Toxic environment where support staff are paid significantly below market rate and intimidated into staying by threatening to enforce non-compete clauses (even for the most junior of staff). HR / management have absolutely no interest in understanding why turnover is so high, neither do they try to rectify it. Support staff are treated with contempt. The result is a demotivated workforce who have to pick up the...

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    Bluecrest Capital2019-03-13
  6. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Bluecrest Capital full-time

    Pros

    Not much to say, may be nice colleagues

    Cons

    Management not good, no career opportunities

    Bluecrest Capital2018-12-03
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Toxic, Soul Destroying"

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

    I worked at Bluecrest Capital full-time

    Pros

    Office is close to public transport.

    Cons

    If your ideal place of work is a money factory driven by fear, loathing, a palpable sense of “them and us” whilst being overseen by apathetic, incompetent middle management, then Bluecrest is the place for you. Original thought and ideas that could significantly benefit the firm are suppressed or disregarded leaving a fertile ground for mediocrity and complacency. As a result, high turnover of the most dedicated and...

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    Advice to Management

    Any advice will fall on deaf ears. They are neither interested nor bothered by the current state of affairs.

    Bluecrest Capital2018-11-19
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Don’t do it!"

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

    I worked at Bluecrest Capital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They pale in comparison to the pros so are pointless in evening mentioning.

    Cons

    From the day you join Bluecrest it is abundantly clear that it is a matter of when, not if, you will eventually be fired. The firm has zero respect for its staff who are hired and fired at a whim. Within my first month of working there I witnessed 5 people being shown the door and after two years I hardly recognized any faces around me. When you leave they become even worse and will do whatever they can to hold onto any...

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    Advice to Management

    I would suggest therapy but I’m not sure that would help. Maybe consider donating your money to a worthy charity and becoming a monk as atonement for the pain you’ve caused in so many peoples lives.

    Bluecrest Capital2018-11-15
  9. Helpful (10)

    "A mixture of dazzling talent and brutally self-inflicted wounds"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bluecrest Capital full-time

    Pros

    The smartest people I have ever worked with (both traders and non-traders). The financial side of the business is run superbly.

    Cons

    Shoot first and ask questions later culture, which creates a fearful culture. There is only one god here: P&L - everything else is secondary, and anyone not producing it is disposable (and typically will be disposed fast). Fear of removal prevents people taking sensible decisions or expressing bold ideas. Senselessly brutal firing decisions suggest a management that isn't self-aware - or doesn't care.

    Advice to Management

    It's difficult to say "Mr Platt, you might be worth $2bn but you are just sooooo wrong." But on non-financial matters a lot is wrong at BC and is left to fester. I've worked in cultures that are worse and also far better. BC isn't the very worst but it is not a culture I remember positively. I would wager you could make your $2bn much bigger, faster by improving the culture. But I doubt this advice will be heard....

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    Bluecrest Capital2018-07-14
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Horrid place with horrid people"

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

    I worked at Bluecrest Capital

    Pros

    There are several exits to leave through.

    Cons

    Too many big fish in a rapidly shrinking small pond.

    Bluecrest Capital2018-08-19
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