MSCI
3.0 of 5 195 reviews
www.msci.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

MSCI Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez

Henry A. Fernandez

(103 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Trying but long way to go

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome wonderful, talented people trying to help company grow. Compan yitself trying to grow but needs lot of help and organization. Finally some of sr management waking up to challenge the more chaotic, abusive even, colleagues, some of whom are finally starting to wake up and move to companies which they can more easily handle. Some of it all still a strange golf club of associations and laziness.

    ConsA very unhappy and divisive middle management. Often paranoid and irritated. NOt very reliable. Scant communication and support in many areas at times. And a lot of uncaring sr. managers. Relying too much on an outsourced so-called team structure. So it takes twice as long to get anything done. From design, debugging to just about everything on sales, licensing and admin, things go way too slowly and fragmented. All in the name of saving money and increasing share earnings, when in the end it all just costs more money from delays and incredible mistrust. Oh and did anyone think of market share? Hostile work environments have easily resulted from inexperienced and unsupervised managers. A really questionable schedule of team goals. Strange divisive paranoid corporate services. And project managers who really don't have great technical background or appreciation, but are insanely political and full of smiles. It's miracle anything gets done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease put into place some more trainings and supervision.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Investing in your business is investing in your people

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Berkeley, CA

    ProsThe people are great. Plenty of interesting work to do so there is always a way to demonstrate skills and get ahead.

    ConsThey have been outsourcing for years and have kept pay in the US offices stale for many years. Teams are dispersed across the globe so your work day can be stretched too. People are overworked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvesting in your business means hiring new people AND giving raises to the people who already work for you. You have great people who work for you who you have invested so much in and who have invested so much in the company. Forcing these people to leave because you don't give modest raises seems shortsighted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    fantastic peers, stagnant pay, too much beauracracy.

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Norman, OK

    ProsThe company seems to care a lot about morale, fun days every summer, recreational activities over lunch. liberal leave and telework policies.

    ConsManagement likes to dangle the promise of a raise or promotion over you without delivering, or only halfway delivering. There are several here who describe getting a promotion, but not a raise that should come with it. Communication is abysmal, particularly inter-departmental. And empire building practices have gone on for many years, leaving the company very segmented and a refusal to improve processes. Too many jobs being pushed to Developing Markets without regard to quality of work. Metrics setup for helpdesk that a toddler could game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of Developed markets and pay raises as well as Developing Markets.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIs good because you have good opportunity to learn

    ConsThere is no salary scheme.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave better understanding in career development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Corporate Environment That Values High Achievers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMy career was taken to the next level at this company and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. In my experience, hard work and a demonstrated results will get you places. In recent years the company has really worked hard to improve the career development of its employees -previously it was sorely lacking. There was some good training sessions that I found very valuable.

    ConsThe culture and soul of the company is lacking. Make no mistake, it's a corporate environment with strict security and compliance guidelines. At times it can be stifling. Also, the perpetual chasing of countries with lower cost employees doesn't help the morale of those in developed markets. You can either hate it or get ahead of the curve. The company pays decent salaries but it is by no means generous with the perks. Flying internationally in coach for 15 hours gets old. It's possible to fly business class but good luck finding that for under $5k as required by policy. As I said, it has more of the traditional corporate culture.

    Also, the Sales teams clearly run the company. It's probably like this at many other companies but I don't find it a positive characteristic of working at MSCI.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to find ways to bring teams together. Offsites or other meaningful investments to bring teams together would go a long way. Globally dispersed teams makes building meaningful professional relationships and rapport much harder. It's just not as much fun coming to work if you never see your co-workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not to many opportunity to grow

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Norman, OK

    ProsWork Environment (Most people in Norman are great)
    Vacation and sick leaves
    Benefits
    Fun Days
    Location (cheap living cost thus low salary I guess)
    College Town thus College Football

    ConsSalary and title variation among employees with same experience (Sometimes less experience)
    Politics
    Lack of career growth
    March April and May Tornado season

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould also communicate with the non-officer level employees regarding the projects rather than just managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK, but needs to admit it's a tech company.And replace tech leadership.

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    ProsDynamic workplace. Some awesome people and culture in certain offices.

    ConsToo much outsourcing. IT/Tech leadership is laughably bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire a CIO/CTO so current tech leadership cannot snow senior management about how out of their depth they are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Reasonable salary; Difficult to grow or advance into more sophisticated roles

    Senior Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsEasy hours; Reasonable comp; Pleasant office / environment; Friendly people; Get exposure to many investment organizations using indices and analytics tools

    ConsBureacracy; Difficult to advance into other roles; Top management insistent on cost cutting; Consolidation; Acquiring the competition; Outsourcing technical positions to cheaper countries; Top management not technical enough to appreciate how software is developed; And feels hiring 3 foreigners is better than 1 person in NYC

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate how software is built and don't outsource all technical positions; Software & data at the end of the day is what MSCI sells; Producing these should not be viewed as requiring commodity employees anywhere in the world.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MSCI ISS Subsidiary - Don't be Fooled.

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsGreat people. The benefits are not bad, but the stress you go through to get them is not worth it. Single people discrimination is rampant here. If you have a kid you get leave early every day. If you don't, keep working.

    ConsTerribly managed operation. Complete lack of leadership with most workers more educated in more appropriate fields than managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a good company but far from great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work time;
    Good work life balance;
    Compensation is on par with industry average;

    ConsIt is a company made of many acquired compAnies; company culture doesn't appeal

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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