MSCI Reviews

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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
Henry A. Fernandez
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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. MSCI

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Storage Engineer in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Storage Engineer in Norman, OK

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, people are great to work with

    Cons

    Global communications between teams is not where it should be

    Advice to Management

    Have better team communications and with individual's of the team


  2. Great and growing company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with a global team.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of internal career mobility.


  3. It's a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The working time is casual and free. You have enough vacations as well.

    Cons

    High level political competition is severe. And the money is as high as those hedge fund company.


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  5. One of the greatest learning experiences of my life.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    The people were brilliant, the opportunities open to all employees who were willing to put in the work to make it happen. The company had a good vacation policy, an emphasis on importance of the family in an employee's life.

    Cons

    Sometimes work/life balance was pretty out of whack. Salaries were far below competitive opportunities in a similar space.


  6. MSCI/Barra

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSCI

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to experience the inner workings and depth of Barra's data based models. Notice that positions are often heavy on the computer analysis and programming side of finance.

    Cons

    Working with the Barra model can become challenging because of the high level of statistical expertise that can be required. Atmosphere tends to be quiet which to some people is a negative.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in alerting employees to areas of improvement while they are on the job - I was disappointed by the lack of feedback.


  7. MSCI Killed the RMG Star

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Riskmetrics was a start-up inhabiting the body of a publicly traded financial firm. It was a magnet for people who loved finance but weren't big fans of Wall Street's cultural rot. Working there was a privilege.

    Cons

    - Compensation was not good, and they often renegged on compensation promises.
    - MSCI snuffed out many of the best aspects of the culture when they made the acquisition. It became less innovative, and people who were once empowered entrepreneurs were turned into drones.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, don't just enrich yourselves from their efforts.


  8. Excellent Employer

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very comforble and warm working environment. Very rich culture. Lots of learming opportuniies. Benifits are reasonable good. Nice and right business models.

    Cons

    Career developmet. Hard to see and talk to very senior managers.


  9. Great experience working for this company. One of the best.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norman, OK

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, casual dress, great people, stock options, decent pay, great bonuses, fun work.

    Cons

    Didn't always have control of projects. Often long hours being a start-up.

    Advice to Management

    I wish you hadn't sold us, although I did ok with the stock options


  10. great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Analytics in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Risk Analytics in Norman, OK

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    you could touch many different fields, such as portfolio management and risk management, both local and global market, equity and fixed income.

    Cons

    still developing, no more cons


  11. Senior Associate Review

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

    I worked at MSCI (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Industry, High Exposure to portfolio management.

    Cons

    Too bureaocratic and skillset developed is too specific to the industry

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on development



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