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MSCI is changing for the better

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

I have been working at MSCI

Pros

The company has a very strong braintrust among its employees and does a good job attracting talented people (many employees have advanced degrees, impressive backgrounds at others companies and overall are very bright). The culture is pretty relaxed, but everyone works hard - probably around 50-60 hours a week.

Mid-level managers are empathetic that career paths at the company are opaque, as they face same advancement problems.

Senior management has copped to being aware of general dissatisfaction with the way the company is structured/run in the past and just completed their company-wide engagement survey. The onus is on them to take action in response to employee feedback.

Cons

The company has difficulty keeping its most talented employees - it's efforts to consolidate a leading market position in investment support related businesses has not been flawless and created tension both internally and with some of MSCIs clients. How this will affect the reputation and performance of the company in the future yet to be seen. Prepare for another big bout of turnover after the 2012 bonuses are declared.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep working hard towards realizing the synergies from the acquiring your last chunk of companies (ISS, Riskmetrics, FEA, Measurisk, etc) and maintaining the service quality our clients are accustomed too.
Pay your top performers generously so they stay at the company.
Be open to employee feedback
Let the management teams do business their way

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong performance, run by tyrant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    Big compensation
    Fast growth
    Interesting business
    Riskmetrics adds new dimension to it

    Cons

    CEO is off the hook
    Management team operates as a clique

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the management team to run the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good for old boys club, not good for anyone else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI

    Pros

    Good office locations, good benefits, access to leading edge financial research, access to clients where you can network. Indices business is a cash cow.

    Cons

    MSCI strategy to create shareholder value is to build low cost operations in low cost countries like India, Mexico, Budapest and Oklahoma. There is a lack of trust in staff. Onerous process driven culture inhibits creativity. Seniority resides with former Morgan Stanley guys who have no new ideas and aren't going anywhere. Overall it's a depressing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees, empower your employees and create a vision to where the company is going strategically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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