LGBT Great Careers Partner: BlackRock

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    Financial Services

What we do

BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment manager in the world, helping millions of people and the world’s biggest institutions and governments reach their investing goals. We challenge businesses to reach higher standards by leading with purpose and promoting policies and practices that support long-term value creation. We use technology to think beyond what’s possible and bring greater transparency to investing while democratizing access.

Our promise to our clients is to deliver products and services that provide clarity on the financial markets to help influence better investments decisions. That’s why investors of all kinds come to us for help.

What we stand for

BlackRock’s long-term success depends on our ability to fulfil our mission of creating better financial futures for our clients. As we pursue that mission, we are guided by our culture and a set of principles that ensure we never forget what we stand for – to help more and more people experience financial well-being. That is our ultimate purpose.

Our principles describe how we work, and our purpose explains the reason we exist. Our dedication to this cause is what drives our long-term strategy and the evolution of our business. It’s also what inspires our employees and helps deepen relationships with our clients. Learn more about the BlackRock Principles.

Our Culture

We are building a culture where people can thrive. Where every person can contribute to helping drive innovation and performance for our company and our clients.

BlackRock’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices are grounded in our business needs as a global firm. One of our core beliefs is that a diverse workforce with an inclusive and connected culture is a commercial imperative and indispensable to our success. We prioritize creating a work environment where all employees can thrive. Ultimately, a dynamic, inclusive organization allows us to attract the best people around the world and to stay ahead of where our clients are going.

Our core principle of One BlackRock rests on the conviction that working collaboratively, without silos, will create the best outcomes for our clients, our people, our shareholders and the communities where we operate.”

Michelle Gadson-Williams
Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at BlackRock
LGBT Great Project 1000 Role Model


Explore our Teams
We all have a role to play in leading the firm’s future growth. We believe that diverse teams with complementary strengths are critical to our success. Explore our teams here to discover an opportunity that’s right for you.

Early Careers
We also offer several Early Careers programs for school leavers and university graduates. You can learn more about our program opportunities here!


We met with Cassie Bartley, Head of Talent Acquisition for EMEA, to learn more about what it’s like to work at the world’s largest Asset Manager.

Cassie Bartley
Head of Talent Acquisition for EMEA at BlackRock


  • Nice to meet you Cassie! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at BlackRock?

    Hi! Of course! I joined BlackRock 3 years ago to lead our hiring efforts in EMEA, and I am responsible for ensuring we have the right strategies in place to attract the best talent in the market from school leavers all the way to executive level hires. At BlackRock, we prioritize creating a work environment where all employees can thrive. Ultimately, a dynamic, inclusive organization allows us to attract and retain the best people around the world and to stay ahead of where our clients are going.

  • Why is establishing a partnership with LGBT Great Careers important to BlackRock?

    BlackRock’s Out & Allies Network (OUT) has an established partnership with LGBT Great and I see the new careers platform as an exciting opportunity to not only attract top talent to BlackRock, but to further strengthen our connection with LGBT Great members. At BlackRock, we attract, develop, and retain talent by cultivating an inclusive work environment where everyone has fair access to opportunities and feels seen, heard, valued, and respected. As such, we continue to take deliberate steps to reach top talent, including deepening our partnerships to assist us in identifying and connecting with potential candidates.

  • How does BlackRock foster an inclusive culture for LGBTQ+ employees?

    We are aiming to build a culture where our people thrive and where all employees can contribute to the performance of the company. Here are two ways in which we are trying to do that:

    Transparency and shared ownership aid us in creating a diverse workforce with an inclusive and connected work environment. Senior business leaders make it a priority to ensure that all employees in their groups understand why diversity in all forms is important for success. We also report our progress against our DEI initiatives regularly to our Board of Directors.

    Shared experiences, intersectionality and active allyship are at the core of what our global employee-led networks offer. They are made up of people with shared experiences, who support each other and work together to create a culture of inclusion. Our network leaders and members are culture carriers for the firm, and our networks offer employees and allies the opportunity to enhance and shape our culture. Our networks are sponsored by senior leaders and are proudly designed by employees, for employees… Any employee can join any network, in any capacity.

  • Can you share something about BlackRock that may surprise our members?

    We consider ourselves a fintech, and technology and innovation has been at the core of what we do since the early days of the business. Our proprietary technology platform, Aladdin, has helped a range of financial institutions across the globe manage their investments since 1999. Aladdin makes it easier to manage investments by using a common language to connect different business functions that help manage our client’s assets. From managing portfolios and trading to making sure everything is compliant and running smoothly.  Aladdin brings together people, processes, and systems for a seamless investment process. Our Aladdin teams consist of more than 2,000 in-house developers, based in various offices across the globe.

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