Moody's Reviews

Updated January 1, 2015
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  1. Horrible

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Average company to work for

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    Former Employee - Associate Analyst
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to all levels of employees...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    It was a god awful experience.

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

    I have been working at Moody's full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Bad career move.

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Jumped from top tier management consulting firm, was highly disappointed

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Keep looking

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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 Moody's

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management has unlimited power. No democracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Treat employees like disposable parts.

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    Former Employee - Part Time Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Part Time Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Moody's

    Pros

    Supposedly Moody's is designed to give people in the financial field a chance to do some meaningful financial analysis in rating the riskiness of debt and other securities.

    Cons

    Employees treated like disposable parts. Often times, the hiring process seems to be completely random. I had excellent grades from a top undergraduate business school. No one wanted to interview me for a full time job. The management is very disrespectful to lower ranking employees. Very hierarchical. It is the McDonald's of financial services firms: they have a franchise (i.e. the ratings, which often are required); they have their standard models, and they hire randomly people that can plug in numbers into their models.

    The mortgage crisis has pulled the tide out on Moody's, and showed that Moody's too, was swimming naked. They are all about the cash, no integrity - in the way that they treat people and in the way that they rate securities.

    Moody's is probably a good business, it generates a lot of cash flow, but in my experience, that definitely doesn't translate into a good place to work - it's a lousy place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Avoid Moody's

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

    I worked at Moody's

    Pros

    Many of the floors of the expensive headquarters at 250 Greenwich has a ghost town feel. The view from the vista of the cafeteria on the 20th floor is really nice.

    Cons

    Regardless whether you are a junior or a senior employee you should expect to be treated like crap by your supervisors (who in turn are ill-treated by their superiors), be significantly underpaid relative to peers at firms on Wall Street (almost by an order of magnitude).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Under staffing the firm has really paid off! Do everyone in the firm a favor please get yourselves and the board replaced. Acquisition of and integration of KMV with MRMS was another job done well!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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