Moody's Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    You get what you get paid for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Show junior staff that there are opportunities to be promoted.


  2. Helpful (11)

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

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. A decent company to work for.

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    I think many groups are under staff.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    It has had both ups and downs

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Mediocre

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

    I worked at Moody's

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Good learning environment but financially not so rewarding

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Good company to start career

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Academic atmosphere, smaller company, lots of work flexibility

    Cons

    Slower pace, 9-5 workers, technology bit behind

    Advice to Management

    stop the reorganizations


  11. Helpful (2)

    Overall, Moody's is great company to learn technical skills that will be valued on the street.

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Terrific opportunity to get training and get expertise on fundamental credit analysis and other important communication and relationship building skills as part of the credit rating process. The collaborative environment and collegial/cooperative environment is one of the best reasons to work here.

    Cons

    Compensation is much less than competitors. If you work in a non-NYC office, you need to put in extra effort to ensure that your achievements and efforts are mentioned by those in NY, who are ultimately making the decisions on bonus and promotions. Communication by senior management leaves something to be desired, especially with important things that are related to regulatory and mandatory processes.

    Advice to Management

    Do not assume that employees will take whatever is thrown at them without any increase in compensation, Important changes need to be communicated better on down to analyst ranks, especially when it's a directive from senior management. It often is not the best way to communicate these things by have senior management communicating to one layer of managemnt and then on down to another layer, etc etc. Somewhere down the line, you will get a team lead or MD who is too busy or may overlook to communicate it to his respective teams, and then you will get the breakdown in communication.



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