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Moody's Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
220 Reviews
3.4
220 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relatively good work/life balance, not a highly pressurized environment (in 69 reviews)

  • Access to senior management of issuing companies and other intermediaries (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very political atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  2. 2 people 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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent hours, lousy pay

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

    I have been working at Moody's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, some semblance of work-life balance

    Cons

    LOW LOW LOW LOW pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to start investing in your people, just try

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very dependent on which team you work for...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great job security. Reasonable flexible around work/life balance, working from home when needed, etc. Analysts have good visibility to the market, and can land well. Your experience is highly dependent on which team you land on.

    Cons

    Senior analysts have been around forever and aren't going anywhere, leading to stale thinking in some cases. Nearly impossible to be promoted from AA1 to Analyst, especially in FIG and CFG, where managers work you to death and keep changing goalposts. Stay away from FIG. Seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house with some of the group managing directors and other senior people, especially who directly led to the crisis. Try to care about the career trajectory of the junior analysts/ workhorses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start

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

    I worked at Moody's full-time (less than an 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.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    You get what you get paid for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    A decent company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has had both ups and downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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

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