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
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.