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Moody's Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
194 Reviews

3.3
194 Reviews
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Moody's Chairman and CEO Ray McDaniel Jr.
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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  

    You can learn a lot, but it takes years to advance.

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn a lot about various asset classes, but only if you are a self-starter. If you like stability and don't mind the cubicle lifestyle, this may be a good place for you. You can phone it in here and probably get by. Pay is average, with less upside than the street but more job security.

    Cons

    Don't work here if you want to climb the ladder quickly - lifers are everywhere. Underperformers are not weeded out until there's a fire, and then both good and bad are let go. It's not like MS or Goldman where it's "up or out" -- here, you will have a nice office with decent pay and benefits, but promotions take forever because there is so little turnover at the management ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become less dependent on ratings revenue.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mediocrity thrives

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President

    Pros

    Recognition as a credit analyst.

    Cons

    Ability to claw back as a brand after the subprime debacle. The brand has taken a beating in the press and in the congress with the way the ratings were deemed to fail how it communicated credit worthiness of the security to investors. It will be interesting to see what legislature decides as the role credit rating agencies will play in the future of capital markets. The next few months and even a year will redefine the way the company will evolve- most certainly it wont enjoy its position as it did pre-2007.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not reward mediocrity

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Moodys - good for now.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, competitive compensation and a fairly secure environment combine to provide an unusually good relationship between Moodys and its employees. Although the work is less than exciting, it is fairly challenging.

    Cons

    Lack of career direction, growth and planning. There's no where to go, unless your boss is outplaced or leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business needs to be 're-engineered' and employee moral should be shored up. Also, some of the business initiatives, currently under-way, should be examined for TCO as well as intrinsic value to the business.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid firm, though has it's baggage

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    Former Employee - Manager, Financial Systems  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager, Financial Systems in New York, NY

    Pros

    It is a generally stable firm to work for, very predictable and honors the work life balance for the most part. The compensation in most cases is sufficient.

    Cons

    It is not a particularly challenging environment because it is very bureaucratic and new ideas/changes are not often welcomed. Risk doesn't seem to be something the firm operationally mitigates , but rather tries to avoid all together. Not a great formula for strategic growth by any means.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to keep good people, need to truly listen to good people and internalize the feedback that is given, not dismiss it as quickly as I've seen it done.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    With improved management the company could again be respectable.

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for entry level analysts, good hours (for financial services of course), and ample exposure to sophisticated financial products . Work - life balance is certainly adequate. It gives you a lot of time to explore NYC. Its a good stepping stone to a top business school.

    Cons

    Reactionary management, small bonuses, and a staff that generally is not "best of class". The best and the brightest don't work at Moody's - and if they do, they will soon leave. People will not get rich there - you might not even afford to live in Manhattan. Company moral is not strong right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time lobbying in DC and more time improving the staff and products.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    a place with a lot of potential

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

    Pros

    in some groups, we have great people

    Cons

    rating agency, need i say more!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop matrix organization as they dry people crazy

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good starting point

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    Former Employee - Associate Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Generally a positive working environment

    Cons

    Very rarely do employees get promoted even after many years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone seems to be looking to leave, so promote the employees you want to stay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Frankfurt, Bavaria (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Frankfurt, Bavaria (Germany)

    Pros

    Very interessting, high level job with smart people. You learn usefull things every day!

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit low for the branch. Very low incentive. Little done for employee motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate Analyst II  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst II in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    good exposure to analysis, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    limited upside potential, NY office controls everything - hard to get noticed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    management needs to be improved

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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