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Hard to work for a company that lies to its employees.

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Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

I worked at MSCI

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The employees in many of the departments are good people and are a joy to work with, but this excludes nearly all management.

Cons

Senior Management tells HR to tell any employee that is concerned about their low salary that it will ensure that they are brought up to market rate at the end of the year, but refuse to discuss at anytime market rate figures or ranges. At the end of the year, they don't increase salaries (nearly across the board) by much. Most of the jobs in several departments are being shipped overseas despite a lack of qualified applicants in those regions. End of year reviews are useless because if your manager decides you performed well, but senior management doesn't want to give you a bonus that reflects that performance, they just tell your manager to change your performance score (this really happened and was discussed with several employees during their performance reviews by the managers forced to change the scores).

Advice to Management

Reconsider your strategy to ship jobs overseas, especially if the talent is not there. Implement a competitive compensation package from top to bottom, not just at the top. In general, value your employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSCI

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, talented, and hard working colleagues Strong platform of products and well positioned to continue growth Products add value and bring transparency into the investment process

    Cons

    Not for everyone. MSCI favors stars/top talent, and not as tolerant of individuals who make important contributions who may not have the potential to be leaders/management

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find top talent, but also recognize those who are important contributors. Empower employees to do more, and share management decision making at lower levels


  2. Helpful (5)

    I would make more money as an assistant manager at Walgreens

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MSCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Adequate vacation time to help you forget how miserable your job is.

    Cons

    My primary issue with MSCI is its financial abuse of its employees. Compensation is inhumanely low, no matter how well the company's stock is doing. The company must assume that its employees have extremely low expectations and zero ambition to find other jobs. Senior management above VP level is completely uninspiring and has no interest in helping employees advance in their careers. There are still a few outstanding employees left at the company but it seems they too are trying to leave ASAP. Don't apply for a job at MSCI; working at the company will take many precious years off your life and will likely drain any savings you have as salaries often don't increase from year to year, not to mention the cost of therapy needed as your feelings of self-worth will surely plummet. Oh, and good luck paying off those college loans...not going to happen in this decade. If you need a visual illustration of what life at MSCI is like, watch the movie Misery (or read the book), and imagine that you are Paul Sheldon and MSCI is Annie Wilkes. This will provide you with a sufficient portrayal of MSCI's strategy of luring its employees in with its innocuous appearance, followed by the unflinching "hobbling" that it systematically conducts on each employee.

    Advice to Management

    Management cuts overhead to an obscene level and still can't turn a solid profit (should I laugh or cry about this?). Time for a new strategy -- perhaps invest in Walgreens?


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