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Moody's Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
216 Reviews
3.4
216 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 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.  

    Decent Work Life balance - unlcear on how to be promoted

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

    Pros

    You get good exposure to issuers and their management. Some good lead analysts who help junior analysts develop their fundamental credit skills.

    Cons

    Pay is lacking compared to the work you do. Management is very stingy when it comes to handing out pay raises and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on career development and talent retention. If you could identify and nurture your top Associates you'd have a bright class of future lead credit analysts.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good place to gain some experience but enough negatives (highly depends upon group)

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

    I worked at Moody's

    Pros

    decent work-life balance
    base salary higher compared to other financial services firms
    unique perspective gained from a credit rating firm

    Cons

    lack of direction during and after the crisis
    performance evaluation and promotions opaque at best
    negative culture based on sycophancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do a thorough strategic review of the company

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mobility

    • 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

    Work/Life balance is not an issue. Hours are quite reasonable. Pretty stable environment without fear of getting caught in a across the board layoff-Good Job security

    Senior mgt is very accessible and keeps everyone up to date to company/industry developments

    Cons

    No means of growth beyond your current job description in support functions. Do not expect to come in and transfer to another role/department.
    Moody's brand value has taken a hit over the past couple years. Will take some time to earn back the respect of the financial community.

    Team concept is overshawdowed by individual interests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the Growth/Development program. Encourage job cross training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It all depends on the group you work in.

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

    I worked at Moody's

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere if you like that environment. The salary is not great, but decent. If you are new to IT, you will definitely learn some new things. Promotions based on hard work.

    Cons

    Where do I start. Getting a promotion means you get a higher title, but not more or different responsibilites/ tasks. Worked long hours, on the weekend, on call without compensation. No matter how much effort, time, and work put forth, the pressure would not be lightened?? The type of pressure was destructive, anti-growth, and often filled with anger. Management has a "what have you've done for me lately attitude" towards IT. You could be a supreme tech. It doesn't mean squat here - just that your a good door mat or should become one if you want to remain employed. Shoot first ask questions later mentality with issues, even after proof was found that the wrong person was accused of "dropping the ball". If one of their "own" made a mistake no matter how big, they called it an honest mistake. but God forbid if it was anyone else does, then you can count on seeing that on your perfomance evaluation. They company offered training but no training was allowed for the group and their were no growth opportunites. No motivation to take initiative by colleagues past what is minimally expected by management. Being skilled/smart, having seniorty is not valued. Extreme nepotism/favoritism. It was without a doubt the case here - If you were a certain ethnicity, not only did you get top salary, but you had the most opportunities / leeway / and pretty much got away with a lot of things. Like "extra" vacation time then what is allotted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put methods in place that will hold senior management accountable of the sub-groups they manage. Have a third party administer a survey to be taken by employees of those managers that evaluate the "performance of managers".

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A former employee's perspective

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Moody's

    Pros

    There is a reasonable work life balance here.
    If you enjoy a very well-defined job where you can follow a precise set of steps in order to complete the required work as an analyst then that can be considered a plus

    Cons

    Underappreciated work and poor morale affected the quality of work.
    Innovators beware, this is not a place that values innovative ideas.
    You are measured against a very precise set of metrics, this can be good for some, and bad for others.
    Management attempts to create competition amongst employees in order improve efficiency, in the end, this creates more animosity and less efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with more dignity and respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    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
  8.  

    Mediocrity thrives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President

    I have been working at Moody's

    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
  9.  

    Moodys - good for now.

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

    I have been working at Moody's

    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
  10.  

    Solid firm, though has it's baggage

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

    I worked at Moody's

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    With improved management the company could again be respectable.

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

    I worked at Moody's

    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

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