S&P Ratings

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S&P Ratings Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
265 Reviews
3.3
265 Reviews
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Neeraj Sahai
21 Ratings

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Pros
  • Good work/life balance plenty of mobility opportunities (in 61 reviews)

  • it's not competitive with the banks, but you really do get a 9 to 5 workday (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of incompetent people especially S&P people who worked there for too long (in 21 reviews)

  • Senior management seriously disconnected with their employees (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Conduct team building exercises, don't disrespect consultants

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Please invest more in technology and administrative support

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Not much

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    S&P is a good place to work

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    S&P is a company with great name recognition. If work life balance is important to you, then S&P is a great place. Employees rarely work past 6PM and depending on the manager, you might be able to work from home once in a while. Phenomenal employee benefits, which include 401K, profit sharing and a non contributory pension plan which vests after 5 years.

    Cons

    Career advancement limited. It seems to be top heavy in the management area and difficult to make your way into senior management. Salespeople are not valued as highly as many other functions. Since we are owned by a publically traded company, everything is net operating income (noi) based. So, finance really runs the company. Followed by product management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create career advancement opportunities for your employees. They should be achievable and transparent. Think big but act small. Be more entrepreneurial and less buracratic.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    More downsides than upside...

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    Depending on the specific department, the environment is generally laid-back. There is a good work life balance especially since middle managers and above are allowed to work from home at least twice a month. The senior managers are generally flexible with work hours and allow the employees to leave early as needed. There are also numerous career development opportunities including courses offered to improve industry knowledge. In addition, the various employee resource groups typically sponsor events on business topics and host mentoring programs for its members. The global presence of the company allows for employees to learn more about business operations in different offices across the world.

    Cons

    There are several downsides of working at S&P. Despite the emphasis on promoting employees from within the company, it is often not the case. Senior managers are usually hired from competitors which supposedly infuses the company with new and different ideas. However this is harmful for the employee morale when the new senior managers are absolutely clueless about the business operations of the company and blindly replicate the ideas that they used in their old company. If the idea was so powerful, why did they bother to leave their old company? Obviously there were problems with the idea to begin with. Secondly, the senior management have only looked at the financial statements when making decisions to lay-off their employees. Instead of focusing on cutting projects that are add no value, they decide to lay off groups that are instrumental to the daily operations of the company such as the mailroom and facilities group aka the same people that set up the laptop and projector for client meetings. They also tend to hire consultants who have no entrenched respect for the company - but I guess it doesn't matter as long as their salaries are lower than full-time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has too many chiefs and not enough indians, to borrow a cliche. It is almost a joke for anyone with a title of Director or above because they do absolutely no work and create meaningless work for the people below them. It is difficult for senior management to cut the chiefs because they tend to be their ex-coworkers in previous companies. But ultimately, they must be eliminated from the company in order to allow for the hard-working employees to rise. Senior management needs to wake up and realize that the company is considered a joke by many investment firms. Spend more money on technology but please hire IT folks that actually know what they are doing and can speak English. It is difficult enough trying to call India for desktop support. But don't hire consultants who do the IT programming and business analyst work who speak in heavy accents...No one can understand them!!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    working at S&P

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

    I have been working at S&P Ratings

    Pros

    The Wall Street location and the environment. Compared to other Financial Institutions on the Street, S&P is the best place to work. It's moderate-pressure and they do not ask for a lot of time outside working hours. Of course, it's all manager-dependant. If you have a bad manager, your life can be hell. My manager is very flexible with schedule and work-from-home arrangments. Your experience will also depend on which group you're working for and how much money they're taking in. If your group is successful, management will leave you alone. If not, you could be on the chopping block.

    Cons

    Staff cuts in the last year, budget constraints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more forthright about the direction of the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The training of employees was very good. The relationship with direct managers was positive as new employees are made to feel at ease and part of a team extremely quickly. Overall a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Many work the hours of investment bankers without the short-term benefits (ie high salaries) to reflect the effort. This affected moral and drive of the employees.

  11.  

    positive review

    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good environment, good perks and support

    Cons

    need training, materials, - structure awareness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more training

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