S&P Ratings Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Great for people with families

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rating Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Rating Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    family friendly environment, friendly co-workers, flexible hours/days

    Cons

    lower pay compared to the industry

    Advice to Management

    pay competitively based on the industry coverage of the analyst

  2. Overall A Great Company To Work For

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    • 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 S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly and casual environment
    - No amount of intense pressure from higher ups
    - Upper management is very helpful and open to ideas and suggestions

    Cons

    - Can take many months or even years to go from temporary to permanent employee
    - They like to hire lots of temporary employees

    Advice to Management

    None at the moment really. Overall, it really is a great company to work at due to the corporate culture and environment.

  3. Work/Life balance is great, but you won't make serious bank here.

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    • 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 S&P Ratings

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance - getting out at 5 or 5:30 is possible without getting frowned upon; great colleagues; laid-back atmosphere; spirit of independence.

    Cons

    You will never get comparable pay versus elsewhere on Wall St.; over last 2 years, risk-aversion is off the charts - everything gets viewed through a Legal/Compliance lens now, which means tons of red tape, and it's hard to grow a company when you're not willing to take risks.

    Advice to Management

    Fund growth initiatives with $$$. You're not going to grow the company if you refuse to take any risks going forward.

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  5. Changing but can be a good place to work for the right person

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    • 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 S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -collegial working environment
    -can be in a good position to learn

    Cons

    -very stagnant
    -financial crisis is leading to excessive regulations
    -company used to be special. has become a cold corporate entity like anyplace else

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget your employees.

  6. Good Work/ Life Balance but things have totally changed since August 2008

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    • 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 S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work/ Life Balance, Good salary since prior to Aug 2008 margins were good. Very understanding employees , easy to get along with. Good analytical work.

    Cons

    Recent Regulation might change everything. Many people were laid off during financial crisis. Margins are decreasing. Job safety decreasing. Lots of litigation outstanding.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to regulatory reform instead of fighting it. If you have good talented employees that a rating agency can thrive even in a competitive environment.

  7. kind people, no technology, not the most intelligent, still respected despite media blasts

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work/life. working from home. time off. 9-5. meeting F500 executives regularly. genuine people. no competition. best agency by far.

    these are actually the reasons I dislike the firm (except meeting CEOs & CFOs from some of the best companies in the world & the fact that S&P is THE rating agency.) but different people like different things. It is also still a pretty good stepping stone. If your GPA wasn't perfect or you're switching career tracks this might be a good place to start. Also, if you are an ex i-banker that wants to take it easy, this isn't a bad place.

    Cons

    the technology is a joke. lazy people, some of which are unprofessional. there is a union! capital markets are too far away. ratings a relative not absolute. intelligence factor.

    If you are driven, passionate and intelligent, it will haunt you everyday that you work for S&P and even worse, over time your peers will bring you down to their level. so get in and get out!

    you will be able differentiate yourself easily on the other hand.

    Advice to Management

    fire the incompetent people! ditch the issuer pay model or at least play hardball with bankers/issuers! fire the lazy people! pleaseeee.

  8. Nice work place but lack of guts among managers to disagree with sr.management for unrealistic goals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Work Environment
    Lot to learn

    Cons

    Poor Management style
    Lack of guts among middle managers to say 'No' to Sr Management
    Harassing team members

    Advice to Management

    Conduct team building exercises, don't disrespect consultants

  9. Helpful (1)

    Interesting, but a lot of administrative work for somebody with and Advanced Degree.

    • 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 S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They let you have ample free and family time, while offering very good expieriences. The company does not waste time in giving you responsiblity. If you show you are apt, you will get a lot of work very quickly. The downside is that you will get a lot of work in a very short period of time.

    Cons

    Since the SEC is not regulating NSRO, everything needs to be documented and the process is very tedious and we have not really invested in the systems to make the documentation process easy. As a result, much of my time as an anlyst is spent documenting my work

    Advice to Management

    Please invest more in technology and administrative support

  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice Company to work in but not for long.

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The 55 water street location is good and the working environment is cozy. It is not too stressful working in this company, as long as you can deliver whatever assigned to you on time (which, in most of times, might not be as demanding as that in i-banks) . Working hours ranges from 8:30-9:30 to 5:30-6:30 and work/life balance here is good. Compensation is quite satisfactory in terms of base but not very good in bonus compared to other big financial names. Benefits is 75/100 imo. Overall, not a bad firm to work in.

    Cons

    Not so good bonus, mediocre upside potentials. It deserves the name of top 100 working mother company but may not be so good to stay long with for starters who wants to embrace a more challenging career.

    Advice to Management

    Not much

  11. Part-time employees can be as valuable as full-time employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Management in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Product Management in Centennial, CO

    I worked at S&P Ratings

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    McGraw-Hill, which owns Standard & Poor's (a.k.a. S&P) and its many divisions, is an excellent company to work for or was when I worked for a division of S&P. MGH's policies for working mothers and the benefits they provide are excellent and MGH takes great pride in its support of working mothers. It is individual divisions of the subsidiaries like S&P that need to better comply with MGH's support of working mothers. In particular, it is executives of these divisions that apply their personal values to how they manage above corporate policy that need to be reminded of MGH's support of working mothers.

    Cons

    Individual divisions of the subsidiaries of MGH seem to forget the great pride MGH takes in being so supportive of working mothers. In particular, executives of these divisions that apply their personal experience as working mothers and personal values need to be reminded of MGH's policies to support working mothers. I worked for S&P for a long time and began my time with S&P as a part-time employee because I was a working mother and my spouse had such a successful career. I was highly regarded in my division despite my part-time schedule and, eventually, I increased my schedule to full-time when I thought my children were ready. However, a full-time schedule proved to be too much for my family and I wanted to return to a part-time schedule. My recently appointed director told me no and "This is not a part-time company." Of course, my successful tenure as a part-time employee at this division completely proved this Director otherwise, but proving the Director wrong was not worth it to me, so I quit. I would have stayed another decade if this Director had known and/or respect the policies of MGH regarding working mothers better.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management of McGraw-Hill needs to pay more attention to what is happening within subsidiaries and their divisions outside of Manhattan and surveying employees once a year is not enough attention to pay.

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