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MSCI Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
234 Reviews
3.0
234 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.  

    Good substitute for typical Wall St. firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Pros

    Good culture and interesting work

    Cons

    Top heavy employee structure, relatively bad career path potential

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, innovative products, dedicated client service, poor work culture

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Independent work, diverse, highly motivated and creative people, a long career for top talent. Good vacation and holiday time. Really values clients.

    Cons

    24-7 weeks, little respect for personal time because you need to be available across global teams during your day and theirs. Can be very political internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees as people, show a human side.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    worthwhile

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    interesting domain, friendly people, lose structure allowing you to take things in your hands, if you have initiative and proved yourself you can easily pick up new tasks and grow,
    fresh wave of energized executives from GS pushing for improvement and changes in personnel

    Cons

    bit too much chaos, projects dispersed around the globe demanding 24h availability for meetings,
    lost a lot of experienced key employees, and left with either too junior, or too senior ones which do not know what to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to work globally you must plan globally. Keep replacing stagnant/useless executives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was just as I had expected, so I'll say upto expectation: mind your own work and you are good

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    time flexibility: you can arrive late once in a while, and for a doctor appointment, you can leave early
    Nice colleagues: not very smart but yes, good at work and very professional

    Cons

    boring work: well that depends on your interest and expertise

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hectic but rewarding

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    Challenging job and worked with a group of very smart individuals. Company planned some fun team building events such as "Fun Day" and "Friday drinks"

    Cons

    Upper management can be a bit tricky and people are overworked. Too many things going on and not enough resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make sure you have appropriate resources in order to complete the jobs without rushing them out the door.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    MSCI is a leader in the risk management and index business.
    The company has been growing steadily via strategic acquisitions.
    Management is very approachable and open.
    Benefits are attractive.

    Cons

    There is limited potential for professional growth and there are not that many perks for employees. Also, the tendency is to lead people into becoming very specialized in a specific area, to the point where certain groups seem isolated form the rest of the business units.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    Working to collaborate across businesses, learning a lot from colleagues, open to smart ideas

    Cons

    outsourcing jobs is a concern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    MSCI is changing for the better

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    The company has a very strong braintrust among its employees and does a good job attracting talented people (many employees have advanced degrees, impressive backgrounds at others companies and overall are very bright). The culture is pretty relaxed, but everyone works hard - probably around 50-60 hours a week.

    Mid-level managers are empathetic that career paths at the company are opaque, as they face same advancement problems.

    Senior management has copped to being aware of general dissatisfaction with the way the company is structured/run in the past and just completed their company-wide engagement survey. The onus is on them to take action in response to employee feedback.

    Cons

    The company has difficulty keeping its most talented employees - it's efforts to consolidate a leading market position in investment support related businesses has not been flawless and created tension both internally and with some of MSCIs clients. How this will affect the reputation and performance of the company in the future yet to be seen. Prepare for another big bout of turnover after the 2012 bonuses are declared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard towards realizing the synergies from the acquiring your last chunk of companies (ISS, Riskmetrics, FEA, Measurisk, etc) and maintaining the service quality our clients are accustomed too.
    Pay your top performers generously so they stay at the company.
    Be open to employee feedback
    Let the management teams do business their way

    Recommends
  10.  

    cool place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    People are friendly and nice

    Cons

    the way of treating people is too tough now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people better

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    very process-oriented and hierarchical - little space for intrapreneurship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Pros

    great work-life balance & flextime
    great colleagues
    ambitious firm-- focuses on exciting growth areas and apparently willing to invest in those businesses
    CEO is energetic and candid
    global presence

    Cons

    heavy on the paperwork to get any training, travel or expenses approved- it needs to go up 3 or 4 levels of management!
    not a lot of space for people with a good idea to 'run with it'-- everything needs to be pre-approved and scrutinized, meaning the company isn't exactly nimble and can't support thought leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop a real HR strategy and some form of talent management. eventually, staff with some ambition will get tired of being process monkeys and will look for work where initiative and a focus on personal development are rewarded.

    Approves of CEO

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