I would describe BlackRock as genuine, friendly, talented, flat, and friendly. Everyone at the firm is expected to add value from the analyst to the senior leaders. Everyone is expected to perform and exceed expectations. However, this is a done in a very healthy way. For example, a Hackathon to get the newest and best insights for anyone and everyone at the firm.
Another example is flexible time off. This plays into a common theme which is it doesn't matter how you do it, get it done and get it done well and you'll be rewarded. It's much different than the sell-side which can be a little more aggressive and cut-throat to achieve results.
BlackRock's company culture is best described as collaboration and teamwork focused, and as passionate to the never ending pursuit of learning. These values are instilled from the very top of company down to all employees and is a constant theme across all work done
Former Corporate Finance Summer Analyst at BlackRock
about 3 years ago
BlackRock's company culture is one of the main reasons why I wanted to work here. Their four principles are 1) We are a fiduciary to our clients 2) One BlackRock 3) We are Innovators and 4) We're passionate about performance. These really capture the essence of BlackRock culture. We pride ourselves on doing the best for our clients, and we're inclusive. Inclusion is a very big part of the corporate culture. Like at Fordham, I feel like I'm being challenged yet supported by my colleagues rather than the cutthroat competition that's stereotypical of financial services firms. BlackRock is like a family. I even get to talk casually with leaders in the finance group.
The work environment is very much about being self-starting and highly motivated. Speaking to my own experience, there was a very steep learning curve in my department which analysts were expected to master quickly. The company culture placed a large emphasis on analysts learning this experience from more senior coworkers, by asking questions, sitting next to more seasoned analysts when they were working, and constantly trying to teach themselves new skills that would add value to the company. The culture is very much live to work as opposed to work to live, and long hours are expected and encouraged.
BlackRock’s company culture is really great. It emphasizes personal career growth as well as working as a team while working at a high performance level as a fiduciary to our clients. “One BlackRock” is one of the company’s core principals and very prevalent in day to day activities. All BlackRock employees no matter at what level are willing to lend a helping hand.
The culture at BlackRock is very balanced, something between performance and work life balance. At BlackRock, what really matters is how good your work is, and not hour long your hours are. People are willing to answer any questions and the structure is quite flat. You get exposed to the most senior leaders very quickly and that’s a great way to learn without having too much pressure.