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Greed yand hectic culture

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Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Some smart people around.
Competitors aren't much better.
Dynamic culture. Lots of aggressive managers, male and female.
It's like Wall Street without the big bonuses

Cons

Too much greed. Comp doesn't reward hard work nor results. Or is it only top management who gets well paid?
Career upside is only for sales people
Hectic. TOO MUCH politics.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stock price isn't a culture.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    innovation stymied if not completely repressed

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

    I worked at MSCI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is OK but only at the higher title levels. Domain and analytical work itself can be highly interesting and challenging, if not for the corporate bureaucracy and infighting that impedes progress. Decent benefits such as medical, vision, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    Blame game, Machiavellian politics between groups and individuals.
    Corporate culture is almost the opposite of teamwork; rather, people try to CYA all the time.
    There is a negative view permeating the company of “failure” be it actual or perceived. People are therefore understandably afraid to try new things, do green-field research and proof-of-concept projects, etc because of the risk of failure, which is inherent in these sorts of endeavors.
    Zero focus or value placed on career development; people essentially get stuck in their role with no opportunity or catering toward improving their skills or moving to higher levels on their career path.
    Non-technical managers hired to oversee technical functions leads to poor decisions, political battles, disenfranchised and frustrated staff.
    Focus on cost-cutting and maintaining margin means innovation does not thrive, since the focus is always on feature development that is promised to bring in new customers.
    Lots of jobs transferred offshore, which makes software engineering efforts difficult to complete and very inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If satisfied with how the company is operating then don’t change anything; however, if unsatisfied, be prepared to embrace significant cultural and operational change that will make everyone, up to the senior level of management, uncomfortable at best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sr Associate

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at MSCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great company in growth mode with plenty of interesting development areas

    Cons

    business lines could be more integrated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have an employee rotation program across business lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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