HOW TO GET AHEAD: What it’s like to work for ... Bloomberg - Stuff your face for free at Bloomberg - but beware of piranhas and 12-hour days

What does it do? The sales team sells across three products: airtime on Bloomberg’s five European channels, the Bloomberg Magazine and banner advertising on its two websites.

What does it do? The sales team sells across three products:

airtime on Bloomberg’s five European channels, the Bloomberg Magazine

and banner advertising on its two websites.



Good offices? They’re located in Finsbury Square, the official stamping

ground for bankers and management consultants. A cross between Dr Evil’s

lair and a Manhattan penthouse, Bloomberg’s UK headquarters is all steel

and angles, with vast tanks of piranhas.



’Visitors to Bloomberg often comment on how energetic the place feels,’

says one employee - probably because anything worth seeing is in the

reception area. The five TV studios are all within view of the entrance,

as is a free cafe. And, according our roving reporter, the ladies’

toilets are the central gossip exchange.



What’s it like? Americans work notoriously long hours and the corporate

culture here is 100 per cent US of A. Sales staff are expected to be in

at 8am and work a 12-hour day - or more. But hard work and devotion are

rewarded.



What about perks? Eat until you burst, it’s all free. No wonder discount

membership to the local gym is also on offer. You only get three weeks’

holiday but a share scheme has been introduced, giving you a slice of

the profits. The global HQ is in New York and sales staff are given the

chance to visit, or even ask for a permanent transfer.



Is it good at training? All new recruits are taught how to use the

Bloomberg electronic terminals, which is just as well as everything is

controlled electronically, from booking a meeting room to organising a

media training session. There’s even a Bloomberg University, an

electronic educational package about the European sales team. Paid

internships for talented individuals are a good way in.



How does it recruit? Mainly through word of mouth. But there’s no point

trying if you don’t speak languages or have a degree.



How do you get ahead? Sheer hard work and initiative.



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