S&P Ratings Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. U.S. Public Finance Ratings Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at S&P Ratings as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and willing to teach you things. The program had lots of seminars and upper management went out of their way to invite interns to events. Very open and flat culture.

    Cons

    The work could get tedious. It was up to you to take initiative to find more challenging work.


  2. Very good experience and a good training ground for my career

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has strong strategy and leadership.

    Cons

    Lots of politics and depending on your role - you shoudl expect to work very hard.

    Advice to Management

    Need to place a stronger emphasis on making those in the second tier of management happier and more engaged in the strategy. The company has gone through some ups and downs and many changes over the past coiuple of years.


  3. It's not too bad, not bad at all

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S&P Ratings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is ok. True 9-5 job.

    Cons

    politics can sometimes be a little frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Promote within is usually great for moral..


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    Great hours, decent pay, lots of politics and big shakeups.

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    Current Employee - IT Person in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Person in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The hours are great, and the pay is decent... it's not competitive with the banks, but you really do get a 9 to 5 workday. The building empties out at 5pm.

    Cons

    There are a lot of interoffice politics. They are gutting entire departments to "shake up" things, especially things like IT which is being *entirely* outsourced. Progression is really slow up the ladder as well, as it's a place that doesn't judge you on the merits of your work for promotion, but rather the amount of time you're there. Better off leaving and taking a lateral move, then coming back 3 levels higher. It's a HEAVILY meeting dominated culture, where you talk about things for weeks or months at a time before actually doing ANYTHING.

    Advice to Management

    Faster promotions for those that deserve it. The best employees aren't going to wait around to get one, they want to see that their work is rewarded or they will find somebody else who will. The politics and meetings kill productivity, and should be eliminated.


  6. Great work life balance in the city

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    Former Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at S&P Ratings as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    S&P gives you the benefits of working with some of the best financial minds on wall street and at the same time also allows you a decent amount of time to spend with family and friends!

    Cons

    The range of financial products / industry exposure that one can work on is limited compared to most investment banks


  7. Very good culture, good exposure to Sr. Mgmt

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    Current Employee - Data Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at S&P Ratings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management. Good work life balance. Very open culture focused on collaboration with different teams.

    Cons

    Feels sometimes as if IT drives the bus. Projects routinely die before getting anywhere


  8. Nice place to work with laid back atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Lead Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location in downtown NYC Nice culture with many notable financial experts Opportunities to learn the business Above average pay Established financial organization Good managers that are open and friendly

    Cons

    Established financial organization (stodgy at times) Business is complex, steep learning curve if in a technical role Not a startup nor a startup culture (not necessarily a con)


  9. A rewarding place to spend the summer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure to upper management, coworkers humble and friendly, work with smart people, tasks varied regularly, intern program very well run and the location in the city is great

    Cons

    not incredibly innovative company, bureaucratic at times with a gun shy legal department, days sometimes move at a slow pace


  10. Good place to start your job

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relax, good working environment, nice people, stable job

    Cons

    low bonus, hard to promote

    Advice to Management

    please try to hire some intern for the full time


  11. not very stressful, well compensated

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analytics Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analytics Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. low stress level 2. good compensation for entry level jobs 3. cubicle for every single employee 4. good benefits

    Cons

    1. nature of jobs not close to real finance 2. compensation not so good for senior level jobs 3. laid-back working environment

    Advice to Management

    increase compensation level for senior level jobs cut the time spent on meaningless meetings increase on-job training opportunities for all employees



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