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MSCI Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
225 Reviews
3.1
225 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance - all-nighters are uncommon; (in 24 reviews)

  • Some very smart people at the top of their games doing some great work (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Very-very weak middle and senior management (in 16 reviews)

  • Aggressive offshoring to emerging market cost cutting strategies with no evaluation in its effectiveness (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Very loyal company. It would be hard to have a long career there, but they appreciate their employees.

    Cons

    Mid size company that acts like a big company. Its hard to get things done and it can be frustrating.

  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Norman, OK

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very friendly environment with lots of people

    Cons

    Not everyone is friendly all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smile

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Nice place to work, but HR department needs cleaning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Professional culture, pleasant work environment and cool people. Innovative tech / investment tools provider listed on NYSE.

    Cons

    The HR department is somewhat frustrating to deal with, your treated like an inconvenience to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A bit bureaucratic, but very much team dependent. Top heavy at times.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst, Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Research Analyst, Senior Associate

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Among the top firms of its kind, forefront of innovation and constantly referred to as excellent by clients.

    Cons

    A bit poor on man management and very very top heavy. Processes are not very well managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed some top management and stop believing its knowledge centers as tireless workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for, good benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work environment with highly academically and technically trained people. Opportunity to extend financial knowledge.

    Cons

    Old technologies, not much support for innovation. Weak management, no vision in the recent years. Limited potential for professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a clear vision for development and follow through. Create more opportunities for personal growth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Trying but long way to go

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please put into place some more trainings and supervision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Investing in your business is investing in your people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Investing 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    fantastic peers, stagnant pay, too much beauracracy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Associate in Norman, OK

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take care of Developed markets and pay raises as well as Developing Markets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Is good because you have good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    There is no salary scheme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better understanding in career development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A Corporate Environment That Values High Achievers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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