Moody's Reviews

Updated May 23, 2015
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Moody's Chairman and CEO Ray McDaniel Jr.
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is a positive (in 69 reviews)

  • Good exposure with senior management (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • friendly environment Good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management does not think highly about developers (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Unqualified Technology leadership, no leadership at all

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Moody's 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

    Good benefits and bonus structure, at least it was when I was still there. Relatively stable

    Cons

    Technology Senior Management is non existent. There was no good leader who can make the right decision and lead by example. At the time I was there Geoff Fite who was CTO of San Franicsco branch showed no leadership and basic knowledge of Silicon Valley latest technologies. His lack of leadership and management style was root cause of my decision to quit this place. I would never recommend anybody even consider this place . Don't read reviews full of joy etc, most of them are done by junior people who have not seen better places in their work experience.

    Advice to Management

    San Francisco based Senior Technology Management starting with CTO and all Directors should be fired and the new fresh blood should come in and turn this place around.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Associate Analyst - Ratings

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

    I have been working at Moody's

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

    Pros

    Moody's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness, the atmosphere is laid back (most senior people clear out by 6pm), and the business does well in the current economic environment (job security). Other perks are the office is very modern, people are nice, and the company cafeteria is inexpensive and fairly good. Moody's spends a lot of effort to promote diversity and is very LGBT friendly.

    Cons

    Warning: working on the ratings side of the business is different from the rest of Moody's. Those preparing the ratings have to deal with a higher pressure environment when you factor in the unpredictability of your workload (transactions pop up out of nowhere), compliance breathing down your neck (they monitor everything you do), communicating externally with investors and issuers (they hate you when you downgrade them, sorry?), constantly dealing with IT issues, and the never ending revolver door of people leaving for higher paying jobs at banks. The turnover rate for associate analysts in 2014 was especially high (40%) for a good reason. People with ambition who can do this job well are in high demand at banks for much higher compensation. If you're doing this to just work 2 years and then jump to a bank, then it might make sense, otherwise just go straight to the banks if you can.

    People will be frustrated by the lack of raises (less than 2% per year!).

    Advice to Management

    Only the stock price matters (only VP and above are granted equity). The turnover issue will never go away, and those who stay have to pick up the slack (I've had to cover for three senior analysts while waiting for replacement hires!). This is quite common on most teams. I expect ratings quality/timeliness to decline as a result. S&P and Fitch are already closing the gap and even surpassing us in some areas according to management.


  3. FDA - GMO

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    OT eligible, nice workers, changing environment

    Cons

    Work-Life balance, no pay raises

    Advice to Management

    pay raises


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  5. Unsupportive

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Moody's as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great for my resume
    Professional, most of the time

    Cons

    Unprofessional
    Unsupportive
    Underpaid
    Get as much out of you for very little


  6. Helpful (1)

    Lack of promotions and low morale

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

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

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

    Pros

    Strong presence in the market, benefits are decent, easy hours (9-5), good to have on resume.

    Cons

    Promotions are only for those who play office politics and everyone leaves every other year in hopes of a promotion. Pay of salary is lower than the market.

    Advice to Management

    If promotions are a slow process, provide those with a bump in bonus.


  7. Great environment but boring work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great team of individuals. Individuals are willing to help you

    Cons

    Low pay. Environment is too professional


  8. Helpful (3)

    low salary, too many layers and bureaucracy, no career growth

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

    work-life balance
    reasonably priced cafeteria food
    big name in the street

    Cons

    pays some of the lowest salaries in the market
    too many layers making career growth very slow process
    corporate visibility non-existent
    excessive bureaucracy
    place is abound with mediocrity, hard to get by really smart people
    pompous managers with poor soft and management skills
    HR unprofessional and employment process takes too long


  9. Helpful (1)

    OK if you are not ambitious

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

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

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

    Pros

    Job Security, decent benefits, work life is good

    Cons

    Deceptive HR practices, poor review system

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to career development opportunities esp. related to manager feedback


  10. Helpful (1)

    Never ever join any of the Planning groups

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    I worked at Moody's full-time

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

    Pros

    - Good exposure with senior management
    - Plenty of work to do

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Horrible pay
    - No recognition
    - Everyone in team is treated like a replaceable product

    Advice to Management

    Do something about the Planning groups, they have the lowest BES score in all of Moody's for a reason.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Good starting point, but not a long-term career

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

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

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

    Pros

    Significant exposure to many departments.

    Cons

    limited growth opportunities and continued professional training

    Advice to Management

    create more opportunities for professional development



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