BlackRock
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BlackRock Reviews in San Francisco, CA US

Updated Apr 06, 2014
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2.9 93 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

BlackRock Chairman and CEO Laurence D. Fink

Laurence D. Fink

(71 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Decent place to work

Vice President (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsWell managed ship for its size. Good brand value. A number of talented folks in the firm

ConsTop heavy organization with limited opportunities for career growth. Poor technology

Advice to Senior ManagementWe're not innovators. Let's be clear about that

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Truly professional and great env to work

Senior Java Developer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at BlackRock as a contractor for more than a year

Prosgreat environment
People friendly
good tech folks arnd

Consgoing up the ladder is difficult

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Business Development Associate (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Proswork culture, personal growth, competitive Wall Street salary

ConsTypical Wall Street hours, however nothing much to complain about

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good work/life balance but culture is stale and paper pushing runs rampant

Associate (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood name on resume
Great work life balance (8-5 easily)
Nice coworkers, smart people
If your main concern is collecting a paycheck and coasting, you've hit the jackpot
Decent pay to start (significant pay increases seem to be rare/impossible once you're there
Definitely not a terrible place to work

ConsDepends greatly on your division but there is a lot of dissatisfaction at the company now (and has been for years). Not meritocratic - at least at the VP/Associate level. I see teams that are overstaffed with people who seem to spend most of their time on busy work or twiddling their thumbs in an effort to look like they're adding value. My biggest personal complaint at the Associate level is that I haven't had opportunities to challenge myself or expand my professional skills in a meaningful way. Career growth is definitely possible but it's all about networking. Clearly, networking should be a portion of a good career growth strategy, but it shouldn't be the only thing (in my opinion). If you're looking for an opportunity to develop professional skills and feel like you're making a real contribution (not just pushing paper), I'd be quite careful in accepting a job in the SF office. The company claims loudly to encourage internal promotion but it's simply not the case. Open positions are overwhelmingly filled by overqualified candidates, often from the outside. The result is a workplace where employees in many divisions aren't provided with any real career opportunity besides using the BLK name to find a better gig.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage internal promotion (for real). Get to know something about what's going on beneath you. You should know what your direct reports (and their teams) are actually doing on a day-to-day basis. Many don't.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company for internship

Software Development Intern (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at BlackRock as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood work environment. People are really nice. You may learn a lot other than programming, like how to save money for retirement... HAHA... They hold interesting events for interns. No free food but free coffee. A good option to spend sometime in the city.

ConsNo relocation while the other tech companies pay for intern housing. The rent for apartment will cost most of your paycheck since it is a short term leasing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mostly Positive

Analyst (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsPeople are smart, generally friendly, and being at a big firm does offer a lot of resources and possibilities

ConsCan be very beauracratic and it can get political at times managing your career. Big firms can be slow moving. Not as agile as small companies, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementReorgs seem to happen every other month. So many conflicting priorities. Hard to innovate when you're daily duties are already barely manageable

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great name, but limited upward mobility.

Portfolio Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsLargest investment manager by asset in the world

ConsHighly limited upward mobility
Management keen to cut down cost

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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disappointing

Vice President (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Prosgreat people, great potential, LBGT friendly

Consflawed execution and management, misaligned compensation

Advice to Senior Managementeither don't hire smart people or use the skills you buy, but don't make smart people sit and watch you all figure it out

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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top company, but increasingly bureaucratic...

Vice President (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsBlackRock is a well respected company, a true leader in the industry. Upper management appears to care about employees and takes feedback seriously. The company attracts fantastic talent.

ConsIt has become a more and more bureaucratic place to work at. There are very frequent structural reorganizations which can be exhausting.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging work environment with smart colleagues.

Director (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at BlackRock full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery smart and hardworking colleagues. Fantastic information sharing culture and openness of senior management is great to see.

ConsAggressive culture. Also, New York HQ could mean a lot of travel to NY if you are in an office outside of the city and wish to get ahead/greater visibility in your career.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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