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MSCI Reviews

Updated February 7, 2015
Updated February 7, 2015
33 Reviews
5.0
33 Reviews
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MSCI President, CEO, and Director Henry A. Fernandez
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33 Ratings

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.  

    Great and growing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Working with a global team.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of internal career mobility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It's a good place to work.

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

    I worked at MSCI

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    MSCI/Barra

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    • 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
  6.  

    MSCI Killed the RMG Star

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 (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

  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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

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