Moody's Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
196 Reviews

3.3
196 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start

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

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

    Pros

    a lot of things you can learn. it is good to a new entry level person. a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    some departments did the overlapped job. let me feel slightly confused.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to stay

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

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

    Pros

    Different from a sales type of job, you don't have much pressure to pursue a market share or profit. Workflow in general is controllable.

    Cons

    Heavy regulation need to comply. Sometimes work hour is crazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up more incentives to encourage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get what you get paid for

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Moody's

    Pros

    Some excellent managers, low-pressure work atmosphere, high-profile clients, reputable brand name, great benefits packages, large company with many groups and job functions so moving around is possible.

    Cons

    Highly hierarchical, managers are often hired from outside rather than promoted from within, strict pecking order means responsibilities are limited based on seniority rather than ability, weak company culture--groups are segmented and teams are highly independent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show junior staff that there are opportunities to be promoted.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    An Environment Full of Red Tape, run like a Gov't Agency.

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    Pros

    - Good work like balance
    - If you are efficient you can leave at a reasonable time
    - Pretty standard hours for a finance firm for Business Analysts (9-5)
    - Pay is ok.
    - The building is very modern and clean.
    - Slow-paced environment (if you like to take it easy because you refuse to be challenged and like to become complacent, which appears to be the case for roughly over half the people here)

    Cons

    - Meetings, meetings, and more endless meetings.
    --- 25% of the effort is PLANNING the work that you will do.
    --- 15% of the effort is DOING the actual work.
    --- 25% of the effort is CHASING DOWN people to review and finally approve of your work.
    --- 10% of the effort is ANSWERING DUMB QUESTIONS for people who originally was supposed to have read your analysis document.
    --- 10% of the effort is ARGUING with stakeholders weeks/months later to explain why your work was presented clearly and COUNTERING their accusations of gaps in your work.
    --- 15% of the remaining effort is to wrap up your final document and send it off for even further signoff.

    - A culture where management takes forever to make effective decisions.
    - True superstars should look elsewhere. Your great ideas and strong passion for effecting change will not likely happen at Moody's. You will not be recognized here. You will like it here though if you like to settle down and do good enough of a job and just enough work to not get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow BA's to provide reviews for their stakeholders and managers. Need to instill a culture of responsive feedback with extra discipline on quicker answers and decision making, not take a whole week to get a response from someone or require constant email reminders and messages to effect a response from someone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A decent company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    Pros

    Moody's highly supports employees to advance their careers. Moody's is very collaborative, team oriented culture.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think many groups are under staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It has had both ups and downs

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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

    Moodys is very involved in the community and has a good work life balance. Although resistant to change, at least you know they ways are consistant.

    Cons

    People do not adhere to policies and procedures. They will recognize, reward and promote only those who the managers like while others that have dedication and high PE ratings year after year will get any recognision or reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address an issue, make a decision and stick to that decision instead of address the same issue on a case by case basis and the outcome shouldnt depend on who you know or who you like better.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mediocre

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

    I worked at Moody's

    Pros

    Good Work/ Life Balance
    Alot of responsability early in one's career
    Job Security
    Higher Base Pay
    Nice offices
    non-cut-throat environment

    Cons

    Lower Salaries
    Slow promotion schedule
    non-merit based bonuses
    There was very little education compensation
    Alot of people coast while working
    plateau in experience level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees. we were not incentivized to work harder than our peers due to bulk promotions and non-merit based bonuses.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, I think Moody's is a good company to work for.

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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 Moody's

    Pros

    Good balance between work and life; people are generally nice.

    Cons

    People are not very competitive. People are not very knowledgeable and people don't know market very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should hire more talented people. Make the company more competitive place to work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good learning environment but financially not so rewarding

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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 Moody's

    Pros

    Good exposure to high profile works even from junior level. Allows you to learn a lot under relatively less time-constraint environment.

    Cons

    The pay is sub-par to other rating agencies. Senior analysts tend to stay long-term, and therefore, there is less chance of upward movement unless portfolios of credits get reshuffled around internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Junior analysts need to be compensated more in line with fair market value and be rewarded based on their performance for bonus. Due to lower pay, the quality of junior support will always be to a certain degree limited.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Learn - No Growth, No Hustle, No Pay

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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 Moody's

    Pros

    Moodys is a great place to learn a whole lot about financial/capital markets. It operates very much like an academic institute, but this truth is contingent upon the exten of your position. Analytical roles will teach you a whole lot more while middle to back office roles will have much less exposure to the intellectual arena within the company. This is a fantastic place to begin or refocus your career, unless you want to stay for 10+ years to find any sense of true career accomplishment.

    Cons

    There is no hustle at Moodys and the compensation and growth opportunities are widely known as a joke - they do not exist and this is widely known on the Street. This is an old company meaning that you must get on a long line to get true promotions leading to great growth, like 10+ years. Most of the people here are so comfortable it has eroded many parts of the company. Also, the IT infrastructure of the company is beyond a joke. Ratings analysts run this company and therefore there is an operational and company wide promotions lack of focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, providce incentive for growth, and please find a real CIO!

    Approves of CEO

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