Moody's Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
199 Reviews
3.3
199 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relatively good work/life balance, not a highly pressurized environment (in 61 reviews)

  • Access to senior management of issuing companies and other intermediaries (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • friendly environment Good work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management does not think highly about developers (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good rating agency to work for

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

    I worked at Moody's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good at the company

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities can be limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great learning environment for people who want to get into finance.

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    Former Employee - ETL Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - ETL Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Moody's as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, benefits, contractors are treated the same as full time employees, decent salary, great location, diverse culture

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams, long work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure there is enough communication between teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    competition?

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moody's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    pays well, good work life balance, senior management is committed to the company and improving our market presence,

    Cons

    don't expect innovation or creativity at a rating agency, very conservative organization, quality of personnel varies greatly, a lot of people have never worked anywhere else and it shows, very siloed organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new blood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent work/life balance; poor career development

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

    I have been working at Moody's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work/life balance is the best you will get in finance while working on deals
    people are friendly and approachable
    can learn a lot if you take responsibility for your own development
    access to executive teams/bankers, although you can't "network" with them
    if you want to learn a lot you can, if you want to just coast you can

    Cons

    the pay is extremely low
    for associate analysts your development depends greatly on your analyst
    promotions are hard to come by, and you need to be working at the next level for some time before even being considered
    lots of people just coast and it hurts morale (along with below market pay)
    hard work does not mean more pay or promotion it merely puts you in the conversation
    at the lower levels if you stay too long, you will get stuck here
    management is very unclear about promotion process (will mislead you to keep you chasing the carrot)
    associate analysts get stuck doing a lot of legwork due to increased regulation
    lots of senior people who collect big checks just coasting, noticed by younger hard workers
    very little turnover at the senior levels
    very poor technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on retaining talent at the younger levels
    improve technology
    think about trimming the fat on the upper levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Diversified Work Place

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

    I have been working at Moody's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very diversed work force and very intellegent discussion on credit & its implication

    Cons

    High level of Bureaucracy accross the firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's beaurocratic and the promotion depends on your popularity rather than technical skills.

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

    I have been working at Moody's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    it offers rotation to other fields.

    Cons

    You have to stay on your current position for many years before you have promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great stable, profitable company (rare today) but an extremely consensus driven organization, that has to work for you..

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

    I worked at Moody's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great stable, profitable company (rare today). good place for someone right out of school. Opportunity to learn about deals/transactions at a less than banking hours, but you get less than banking pay (in exchange for stability).

    Cons

    Within CFG, extremely consensus driven organization, no room for creativity or original thinking. You get ahead via "special projects" without that, you'll need to work 2-3x as much or and your promotions will take 2-3x as long. It doesn't matter if the companies you cover are high volume, busy companies, you won't get any points for staying on top of them without the "special projects"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better, more equitable, transparent incentive structures. There are some people there that just want to coast, that kills morale, that only further speaks to the inequity of the place and ruins the reputation of the firm to outsiders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    First Job

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Data Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Data Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    Atmosphere is collegal and enjoyable

    Cons

    Compensation could be better reflected on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More clarity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience was a rollercoaster with many ups and downs

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

    I worked at Moody's full-time

    Pros

    Collegial work environment, friendly and knowledgable colleagues, pretty good work-life balance given pay

    Cons

    Not all management interested in their employees career path. Not much room for growth. Rigid management and many regulatory constraints

  11.  

    Very political atmosphere

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

    I worked at Moody's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great on-site training, good to have on your resume

    Cons

    Very political atmosphere, a lot of nepotism and face time expected from management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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