Moody's Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. SVP

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Moody's

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

    Pros

    - Good exposure to senior officers of other companies.
    - If you are white, a lot of opportunity to develop contacts with analysts around the world.
    - If you are white, the opportunity to be promoted, lead a team, and gain credit risk experience at the senior/global level.

    Cons

    - Moody's is a very difficult place to be if you are a minority.
    - They are no black people who are above SVP in all of Moody's US.
    - The idea of having access to the Moody's international network is an illusion for minorities.
    - There is an unwavering loyalty to preserving the careers of old white men who seem to be doing absolutely nothing.
    - Only women and minorities get downsized at Moody's.

    Advice to Management

    - There is no career path to senior management for blacks or minorities under any circumstances.

  2. Architect

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Health Benefits are good - also get a chance to participate in stock options

    Cons

    Skill set needs to include interpersonal skills more than what they ask during hire

    Advice to Management

    I do not seem to have anything worthwhile

  3. Horrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Moody's full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively regular business hours. Training is okay. Health insurance and benefits are okay. Leadership made some sort of effort. The working atmosphere was not completely horrible.

    Cons

    Human Resources took forever to get back to me and the screening process if ridiculously long. Also, the culture -- ohh, the culture -- maybe it's because I worked in credit analysis (on the sale side) it was actually for Moody's Analytics but the people could not be more mundane and socializing was not encouraged. When it was, it was not exactly genuine.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Average company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Eager to be at industry standards (salaries, technology, financial writing, benefits, etc.)

    Cons

    work/life balance is only allowed for higher positions, highly competitive office environment, high analyst turnover, senior management plays favorites, hierarchically structured, very unorganized and much more

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to all levels of employees...

  6. Helpful (3)

    It was a god awful experience.

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

    I have been working at Moody's full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. Work-Life balance is a positive. Employees sneak out early on Thursdays and Fridays to take long weekends.

    Cons

    The job was rather dull as are the people, but they made it seem so much more interesting in the description and also during the interview.

    The work culture is something of a facade. In the beginning, everyone seemed pleasant enough. After a couple months, I overheard some tragic stories of back-stabbing in order to make so-and-so look bad, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your potential candidates are humane individuals. With morals of some sort. Any sort.

  7. Close to 20 years working experience.

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    Former Employee - Vice President Procurement in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Procurement in New York, NY

    I worked at Moody's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is global and offers areas for expansion. Mostly in the financial industry.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get management to listen to workers concerns. In addition, too much outsourcing of work!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Bad career move.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Moody's full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hours usually not too bad. Most people are pretty cool.

    Cons

    BORING! Bizarro World promotion policy. Poor pay. You'll probably go brain dead here. Given all the regulatory changes, agency employees' time has become mostly about administrative CYA rather than focused more on in depth analysis.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Don't waste your career at Moody's

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Moody's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A Stable company
    - Only one major competitor (S&P)
    - Ratings are needed and will not likely go away anytime soon
    - As an analyst you will participate and vote on many different and interesting ratings
    - Good entry level job
    - A laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    - The rating outcomes are often "capped" by senior management before the analysts present their case.
    - Senior managers are not go getters and do not recognize/reward that attribute.
    - Employees are put in a box and there is no scope to develop other than resigning an going elsewhere.
    - Kissing up to management wins favorable assignments and promotions. Hard work does not.
    - The old boys club almost guarantees who will move up and get opportunities to grow.
    - Ratings analysts are not highly regarded in some investment shops and you may be knocking yourself out of future job opportunities
    - Promotions are heavily based on personal favorites over quality of work output.
    - They prefer to hire senior analysts from outside instead of their own.
    - Management keeps you in the dark about the strategy of your group
    -Vary bad long term decision for senior analysts

    Advice to Management

    - The old boys club model seems to have survived at Moody's.
    - Provide a developmental career path for analysts to be promoted.
    - Management at the group level do not keep analysts informed.
    - Promote from within for the higher paying jobs.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Jumped from top tier management consulting firm, was highly disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moody's full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on how you like to work, Moody's has a culture where almost everyone at the mid-level and up gets an office. In general people leave the office between 5 and 6. Pay can be good for the level of effort required. Travel is very minimal.

    Cons

    Operating Environment: The office layout (at least at Headquarters - 7 WTC in NYC) does not facilitate interaction. People call each other on the phone in neighboring offices rather than meet with them face to face. Does not feel like a collaborative, innovative youthful company so be aware of this is you are coming from management consulting or technology. The internal technology (mobile devices, data systems, workflow systems, personal computers, remote work technologies etc.) are all probably 10 years behind. I was surprised when I started at how antiquated the technology was. There does not appear to be a lot of appetite for updating technologies so the outlook going forward remains negative.

    Culture: Moody's seems to have a very conservative business culture. Decisions can take a long time to get made and can result in "analysis paralysis". The firm feels and looks older from the design of the office to the people filling them, not a great place for a recent entrant from a top tier program looking to develop. Very limited training and development offerings. There do not seem to be a lot of team building events.

    Overall this experience has not met up to expectations compared to previous top 25 best places to work firms.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance workplace technologies
    Learn why all the top firms have embraced mobility technologies
    Tear down the walls and the bureaucracies that reinforce them
    Create a robust training and professional development program for all levels (AA - MD)
    Attract youth and try to retain them
    Continue your success at creating an inclusive environment
    Work on making the firm more "fun" within the confines of a financially successful company

  11. Keep looking

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moody's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Used to be great place to work - not anymore...

    Cons

    Management has unlimited power. No democracy.

    Advice to Management

    If 5 people leave department of 15 within 4 month why don’t you start an investigation?

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