MSCI Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Sr Associate

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    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

  2. Good company, weird culture, YMMV

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    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

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

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    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.

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  5. 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good culture and interesting work

    Cons

    Top heavy employee structure, relatively bad career path potential

  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.

  7. worthwhile

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    • Senior Management
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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)

    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.

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

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    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

  9. Good company, a real growth company in the old fashioned Wall Street world

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of young professionals, like a summer camp

    Cons

    Almost no cons, the growth of the company is under question right now.

    Advice to Management

    None

  10. A good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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