MSCI Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Opportunity to work with knowledgeable people in a fast paced environment, but at a cost.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There exists the ability to grow your role within the firm. Managers within the firm recognize talent and people who think outside the box, and have the patience to teach and train which opens the door to greater responsibilities and promotion along with comparable compensation.

    Cons

    High pressure and demanding environment that can erode a good work-life balance, also, upper management with a keen eye to the bottom line looks to transfer what jobs they can to less expensive markets overseas. At times management does not examine thoroughly long term effect with respect to some of the decisions that are made including those in personnel. A more reactive than proactive environment is often the case here.

    Advice to Management

    More thoroughly evaluate choices about staffing changes with respect to how it will effect the company long term, especially when integrating acquisitions. Knowledge is a key component to success. If you remove people with great knowledge of process and products, overtime erosion will occur in performance and quality. My advice is be proactive rather than reactive. Take more time to review before making choices.


  2. Working for RiskMetrics was one of the best employment experiences of my career.

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

    I worked at MSCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    RiskMetrics had a culture that promoted and rewarded competence, and strong hiring practices that ensured you would be working alongside people who were good at what they did. Senior management promoted an egalitarian culture that is uncommon in the finance industry, and put real effort into making everyone feel valued. Risk-taking was encouraged, and failure was generally seen as a learning experience that wouldn't necessarily cost anyone their job or seriously damage their career. The best part for me was being surrounded by smart colleagues who were strongly committed, challenged me and helped me raise my game, no matter what the context. It wasn't always fun, but it was always worth the effort.

    Cons

    RiskMetrics was never a very large company in terms of headcount, job turnover was relatively low for the industry, and opportunities for advancement were consequently few. Management structures were reorganized frequently, but never to very great effect. Sometimes it seemed like they were just reshuffling chairs. There was a core group of people with a lot of equity who were effectively a protected class, and over the years a few of them were warehoused in ineffective roles just to keep them around. There was a lot of gossip and back-biting, which could sometimes amount to a meaningful distraction.

    Advice to Management

    I still consider Ethan Berman the smartest and most effective senior executive I've ever worked for. He cared about every employee of the firm, and demonstrated it by his actions in matters large and small. He treated everyone with respect and integrity, made sure that the overall mission of the firm was clearly communicated, and that everyone understood how their role fit into that mission. Moreover, he made sure that everyone shared in the firm's financial success at least to some extent, so that every employee felt that they had some skin in the game. I wish more companies were like RiskMetrics in that respect, and that more CEOs were like Ethan.


  3. Good company to work for, can vary a lot by location.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting people and industry, good products, strong ethics. Compensation is ok, but not industry leading.

    Cons

    Long working hours, very global so a lot of meetings at odd hours, not a lot of mobility across job functions, strong push to move jobs to cheaper locations.


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  5. Sr Associate

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

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

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

    Pros

    great company in growth mode with plenty of interesting development areas

    Cons

    business lines could be more integrated

    Advice to Management

    Should have an employee rotation program across business lines


  6. Good company, weird culture, YMMV

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

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

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

    Pros

    some interesting work being done, flexible work schedule, low stress

    Cons

    weird culture because of many acquisitions, terrible computing infrastructure, business is facing tough competition, internal politics is huge and firm really needs to be structured to align different business groups.

    Advice to Management

    my managers are pretty good for the most part. by your mileage may wary since there are some bad managers that i have heard about


  7. Overall a benevolent employer with high focus on cost saving and sales

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many managers and very few people who do the real details work.


  8. Good substitute for typical Wall St. firm

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

    I have been working at MSCI full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good culture and interesting work

    Cons

    Top heavy employee structure, relatively bad career path potential


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  10. worthwhile

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

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

    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 Management

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


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

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



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