MSCI Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. A place where you can find smart, driven and successful colleagues.

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working individuals supporting solid products. Competitive benefits and salaries offer great balance.

    Cons

    Hard work breeds long hours which makes work/life balance difficult to achieve.

  2. Helpful (2)

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    outsourcing jobs is a concern

  3. A solid place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RiskMetrics had a great, laid-back culture, nice people and very good benefits. Compensation was fair compared to other companies, and management generally showed respect for workers. The company seemed to promote a very strong work-life balance.

    Cons

    While the people were very friendly, the culture was sometimes dry--mostly because a lot of people lacked social skills. While I think it was a good place to work, there seemed to be few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    I think management should work a bit more on continued training and development of current employees and also offer more opportunities to younger, less experienced workers.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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

  6. cool place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norman, OK

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly and nice

    Cons

    the way of treating people is too tough now

    Advice to Management

    Treat people better

  7. Helpful (3)

    very process-oriented and hierarchical - little space for intrapreneurship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. RiskMetrics, before acquisition, was a good place to work but accountability should have been more of a priority.

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RiskMetrics culture is one that allows employees to develop through collaboration with other teams. There is no division between groups, but more of a group effort to deliver a product. All offices have an open office layout, making management of all levels completely accessible.

    Cons

    RiskMetrics has historically suffered from a lack of focus in delivering superior products. The company has not been good about enforcing accountability. If a project fails, repeatedly, changes are slowly (if at all) effected.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late to offer advice to management as RiskMetrics has now been acquired by another firm. One year ago, it would have been relevant to say that the company needed to focus on delivering new products that are superior to what has been pushed out for the past several years and that management changes needed to be made.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Strong focus on cost cutting and margin expansion. Not so much on career development....

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great global footprint.
    Smart people in all departments and at all levels.
    Strong strategic focus.
    People who know how to deliver strong results.

    Cons

    Some very senior managers show no loyalty to staff.
    Some emerging markets offices never receive visits from senior managers.
    Loyalty is not evenly rewarded.
    Promotions at the highest levels are motivated for reasons other than merit-based.

    Advice to Management

    TREAT employees more decently. TRAIN them more consistently. TRUST them to do their jobs.

  10. Entrepreneurial and free thinking culture is the main attraction.

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Relaxed and open atmosphere
    - Smart and motivated colleagues
    - Great for software developers wanting to build ambitious systems

    Cons

    - Lack of management focus
    - Ad hoc style of product development and delivery
    - Underinvestment in content development groups

    Advice to Management

    In regards to the merger with MSCI:
    - Please keep the free and innovative culture
    - Building a world-class analytics shop requires on-shore research and development talent.

  11. Great place to work if you want a place that will listen openly to your ideas, and help you to execute them.

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

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great structure and a high amount of communication between all levels.

    Cons

    Limited information about the frequent M&As.

    Advice to Management

    Integration is key to building a successful product and service. Integrate all your pieces first before adding new parts to the puzzle.

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