S&P Capital IQ Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
231 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Probably the right work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Strong learning culture, friendly work environment (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has no interest in investing in employees and assisting in development (in 11 reviews)

  • No Learning- After 6 months your learning curve falls and get ready to do the same stuff for the rest of your life (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for college hires

    • 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 S&P Capital IQ

    Pros

    casual dress code, work hour flexibility, not much face time, friendly people, no one really cares what you're working on

    Cons

    no room for growth, no one gets promoted, very flat organization, company doesn't value additional education, old-timers run the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should hire more outside talent as management here has a very narrow view of the company and the world outside

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Capital IQ is not where you want to be!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at S&P Capital IQ

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind. Hard work, customer satisfaction and ethics are all lost on this company. They are based out of India and are costing us all jobs!

    Cons

    Capital IQ is on the edge of failure. They have a lack of focus on the customer and are only concerned about corporate profit which are down 40% from 2009. The product offering and data quality are well below industry standards and only matched by free internet products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the recent reorganization you know the writings on the wall. McGraw-Hill will spin you off and sell Capital IQ. Unfortunately they will never be able to recover the inflated price they paid for you. Cents on the dollar!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cliquish environment - not recommended for minorities and/or foreigners

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

    I worked at S&P Capital IQ

    Pros

    Capital IQ has very lax dress codes. On a hot summer day, it's common to see employees in sandals and shorts. Capital IQ, from time to time, has these 'Townhall' meetings on Fridays (typically) where employees, management, owners of the company get together for beers. These 'townhall' meetings usually coincide with important milestones of the company such as a big software release or the end of a raving month for sales. Management is generally OK with people taking their vacation at any time as long as you let them know ahead of time (a month or so, the earlier the better).

    Cons

    Employees, save managers and senior employees, don't get the respect they deserve. You can and will get funny looks. Occasionally, one may even be made a laughing stock (literally). The lack of professionalism in this respect is rather shocking. Ongoing popularity contests are part and parcel of the work environment here. In order for employees to gain recognition, they *will* have to engage in small talk involving baseball and the like, as well as going out to bars with senior managers. As a result, employees who do not fit in culturally are ostracized, and often have to endure subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) hostility in a less-than-diverse work environment.

    Senior employees and management are very self-centered in their approach to problems and ways of doing things. They are generally unaware of this. Alternative ideas or suggestions are often shot down almost purely due to this factor. Management has poor (over-aggressive) estimates for project management. Quality-assurance teams are completely out-sourced. Communication barriers and time zone differences can lead to frustrating and inefficient debugging cycles. CIQ doesn't have formal employee training. Their philosophy is similar to how eagles teach their younglings how to fly - survival of the fittest. You are expected to learn and adapt to many things in a short amount of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the level of professionalism amongst lower level employees. Promote diversity within the company. Provide more training for new employees.

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

    great work-life balance, but horribly terrible manager and significantly under paid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Development Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Client Development Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at S&P Capital IQ full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great team mates, great culture, great working environment

    Cons

    remarkably terrible manager to cope with. Heavily under paid. Don't think it would be a great place to work if your manager is trying to build up her reputation and look good with your sacrifice. working with a manager who doesn't give a sh*t about you is miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find someone who would really care for her subordinates and make them feel it's safe and worth putting 100% efforts working in your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unstable career abrupt changes and biased managers politics big tim

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at S&P Capital IQ full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No work pressure and chilled out atmosphere
    Work only for money

    Cons

    Managers throw people out in less than a day whenever they wish to..so very unstable company
    Growth - forget it
    Learning - totally zero
    Work - data entry type not that good
    Politics and managers are biased
    Training - zero after initial training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    JDA - FADIM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Jda in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Jda in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at S&P Capital IQ full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No responsibilities, No pressures:) , very limited responsibilities to even Ass Mgr.

    Cons

    No growth, no learning centres, no trainings, no people development, very long heirarchy. One should never expect growth here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very poor HR magmt, need to develop lot many things in Hyd.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Organization suits for below average people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Research Associate in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Junior Research Associate in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at S&P Capital IQ full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy to get job
    Easy work
    Cool going

    Cons

    Worst Corporate culture
    High level politics
    Poor pay
    Poor in team work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better to review recruitment policy while recruiting people in Management team.
    Have to check the attitude of the person along with qualification which is not happening now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S&P Capital IQ full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's certainly quite easy to have a great work life balance. From a workload perspective, it's quite a low pressure environment and the pay is average.

    Cons

    People are leaving in droves leaving the future quite uncertain. Management has resorted to having some people escorted out by HR when they quit. This creates a bit of a a hostile environment and attitude towards management. Also it's confusing because people are leaving without any transition of their work and responsibilities. If you don't have a thick skin for corporate America, it may not be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not too late to admit your mistakes and try to turn things around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Passion, potential and longterm opportunity gone; standard S&P mentality arrived with departure of old managment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S&P Capital IQ

    Pros

    Capital IQ was a great experience for me. I learnt a lot and had the opportunity to be part of a fast growing organization within a larger enterprise. Capital IQ was and is well respected in the financial community and has good name recognition (although somewhat less known here than in the US where it was founded.)

    Cons

    Earlier this year, all of the senior managers left upon disagreements with the parent company about future direction. Previous turnover had been almost none in many years. Capital IQ used to be a coherent, complete organization and has been broken apart and included in a larger part of Standard and Poors. The passion for the business has gone and, whilst the new leadership at the Capital IQ level may have its heart in the right place, the same cannot be said for the next level up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although some changes to align with overall direction are understandable, do not lose what made Capital IQ able to compete and grow so successfully for a long time against much larger players.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Immature management. Capital IQ needs to grow up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at S&P Capital IQ

    Pros

    Very good benefits package, courtesy of McGraw-Hill - employer's contribution to pension is very generous, healthcare, subsidised gym.
    Decent offices.

    Cons

    Management run the company like some Jonestown cult. Unless you drink the Kool Aid, it's impossible to progress.
    Favoured staff have jobs created for them for which they have no relevant experience or talent. The place is way-overstaffed.
    Despite overt friendly atmosphere, when you scratch the surface you'll find that Capital IQ is a very nasty company. Colleagues spy on each other & report back to management if co-workers have taken too long lunch breaks (I'm not exagerating here).
    Morale is extremely low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    McGraw-Hill Financial needs to step in & take control & inject some maturity into this place. Hopefully Peter Deboer can help Capital IQ grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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