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Building buzz in the newsroom

Published on Friday, 17 Aug 2012
Mandie Fankhauser
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Business and financial professionals around the world see Bloomberg as a trusted and influential source of market-moving news, data and analytics. Few people, however, are aware of the unique corporate culture that is intrinsic to our DNA and entrepreneurial spirit, the hallmarks of which are innovation, excellence and openness. Everywhere around the world, we encourage our employees to be bold, open, dynamic and creative in everything they do.

Bloomberg is a technology company at heart so we have to be constantly innovative on trading desks and in our newsrooms across Asia.

The “Bloomberg Way”, as it has become known, is about excellence, whether in breaking market-moving stories, delivering on our customer-service approach or developing leading-edge financial products for our clients. In today’s interconnected financial marketplace, and with the synergies of news, data and analytics, collaboration has become a major part of how we work and succeed.

Our people and culture are very much a part of our business momentum. Our senior management leads by example to ensure we keep the Bloomberg culture consistent in all our offices around the world.

The Bloomberg corporate culture is fundamental to us being a global organisation with over 15,000 employees in 192 locations around the world.

All Bloomberg offices are designed with the same look and feel. Based on an open plan and with glass-walled meeting rooms, the offices typify our values of transparency, open communication and collaboration. Walk into any office around the world and you will find unique spaces for social interactions and state-of-the-art technology that allows our people to connect with one another and with clients continuously and seamlessly.

Michael Bloomberg, who founded the company in 1981, has instilled a strong philanthropic ethos that is very much part of our culture at Bloomberg today. Worldwide, we are engaged in charitable activities and projects that employees can participate in during their working hours. We plant trees, mentor schoolchildren, paint houses and clean rivers.

Bloomberg will also match employee charity donations as well as reward out-of-work charitable activities.

Those who have had a long-term commitment to the company are celebrated, and there are many in Asia who have been with us for decades. They are recognised through long-tenure “pylons” which sit visibly on their desks and are added to for each decade, a symbol to all that the company appreciates their loyalty.

As we are on the economic pulse of global markets, our people are constantly challenged to deliver their best – and rewarded when they do. The number of long-tenure employees is a testament to the role this culture plays in retention. In Asia, we continue to target the best people who want to be part of this business momentum.

Results and feedback
Bloomberg is in the business of financial information and news, and we strive to excel in everything we do. Our attitudes are as open as the spaces we work in. We encourage learning, inclusiveness and interaction.

No one hesitates to ask a question, put forward an idea, or do more than is asked of them. If you enter any Bloomberg office, you will feel a buzz of enthusiasm and energy.

We look for individuals who want to be a part of our business momentum and who are smart, bold, open, dynamic, flexible, innovative and creative.

On our careers page, we offer candidates interested in joining us the chance to take the Bloomberg Personality Index test – a mental game to test if they have the aptitude and attitude for the Bloomberg working environment.

Bloomberg believes that flexible working practices can help employees sustain high performance over the long term, as well as strengthen business results. Working flexibly enables employees to manage their work and personal commitments. We offer them flexible work arrangements, flexitime, part-time work schedules and the option to work from home with technological support.

As told to Billy Clarke

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