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OK, if you can check your personal life and sense of decency at the door.

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Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA
Former Employee - Senior Associate in Berkeley, CA

I worked at MSCI full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Good compensation and benefits. Very interesting domain, at the intersection of finance, analytics, software, and data. Opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the finance industry.

Cons

Fairly toxic work environment, unless you appreciate a culture of stepping on those beneath you and sucking up to those above you. CEO has anger management issues (in fairness, it may be a Wall Street thing) which sets the tone for other senior executives.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While I'm pretty sure that upper management has little interest in advice from former employees, I'd suggest viewing employees as valuable, intelligent assets to the company rather than interchangeable and outsourceable resources. Or not. They seem to enjoy the way things are...

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  1. Reasonable salary; Difficult to grow or advance into more sophisticated roles

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy hours; Reasonable comp; Pleasant office / environment; Friendly people; Get exposure to many investment organizations using indices and analytics tools

    Cons

    Bureacracy; Difficult to advance into other roles; Top management insistent on cost cutting; Consolidation; Acquiring the competition; Outsourcing technical positions to cheaper countries; Top management not technical enough to appreciate how software is developed; And feels hiring 3 foreigners is better than 1 person in NYC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate how software is built and don't outsource all technical positions; Software & data at the end of the day is what MSCI sells; Producing these should not be viewed as requiring commodity employees anywhere in the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Slow on New Products, Slow on Employee Advance. Terrible Morale

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety, from the many companies it keeps buying.
    Some decent benefits.
    Mixed products, even if the labor to make them is all over the place.
    Interesting history. But with shaky potential, since competition started catching up.

    Cons

    Terrible product schedule and no nearby labor to support. All programmers and admins outsourced. Management misleads. Crazy promotions. Hrd to get anything done when the good people are gone. Ones staying are those entitled and paid to do very little while making it seem like they do a lot. Government and Dept of Labor probably should look at this place over the past couple years. Especially New York and Berkeley offices. Some crazy unspervised staff. Jungle ambiance. A lot of politics. Paranoia. Backstabbing. Really bad moods and stressed out groups. Good workers at all levels are leaving for the competition. No real teamwork or consistent results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try going a year without salary like others did during the rough times. Put that money into the company and salares. And during that time keep a few more people nearby their teams. At all levels. Take a look at who really does work, not just who has connections to your neighborhood or colleges. Treat people better. There's still time to regain some losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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