MSCI Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
209 Reviews
3.2
209 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance - all-nighters are uncommon; (in 21 reviews)

  • Some very smart people at the top of their games doing some great work (in 14 reviews)


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

  • One person expected to perform the duties of several employees or an entire team because of cost cutting (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    MSCI/Barra

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

    I worked at MSCI

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Employer

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for more than 10 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great place to work

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for 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

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  5.  

    Senior Associate Review

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

    I worked at MSCI for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting Industry, High Exposure to portfolio management.

    Cons

    Too bureaocratic and skillset developed is too specific to the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Leader in index and risk analytics / investment industry

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Smart, talented, and hard working colleagues
    Strong platform of products and well positioned to continue growth
    Products add value and bring transparency into the investment process

    Cons

    Not for everyone. MSCI favors stars/top talent, and not as tolerant of individuals who make important contributions who may not have the potential to be leaders/management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find top talent, but also recognize those who are important contributors.
    Empower employees to do more, and share management decision making at lower levels

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Workplace

    • 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

    Very good culture
    Transparent decision making
    Independence in working
    Good knowledge sharing

    Cons

    Lateral shift can be a problem, since it is into limited financial services viz. Index and Analytics
    However, there is flexibility in the role one plays in the broader team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pace of project decisions and execution needs to be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty Good and chilled out place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at MSCI as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work culture,
    Great office
    Team Interaction is very good

    Cons

    Long Hours for some teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good pay, ok work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at MSCI full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is good if you negotiate well. they generally offer you a handsome amount which will satisfy most.

    Cons

    The salary structure is such that there is no tax savings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realign the salary structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Dynamic, international, client focused organization that rewards hard work and holds employees to high standards.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, international, client focused organization that rewards hard work and holds employees to high standards.

    Cons

    Not enough women in senior management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great opportunities at msci budapest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at MSCI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technical knowledge
    Good work environment
    Leaders, executives are mostly friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Impossible to see the "big picture"
    Can work on a small part of a software for years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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