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very process-oriented and hierarchical - little space for intrapreneurship

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Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

I have been working at MSCI

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

great work-life balance & flextime great colleagues ambitious firm-- focuses on exciting growth areas and apparently willing to invest in those businesses CEO is energetic and candid global presence

Cons

heavy on the paperwork to get any training, travel or expenses approved- it needs to go up 3 or 4 levels of management! not a lot of space for people with a good idea to 'run with it'-- everything needs to be pre-approved and scrutinized, meaning the company isn't exactly nimble and can't support thought leadership

Advice to Management

develop a real HR strategy and some form of talent management. eventually, staff with some ambition will get tired of being process monkeys and will look for work where initiative and a focus on personal development are rewarded.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    RMG was great....MSCI so so

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

    I worked at MSCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They pay very well. Many people do not have enough to do. Benefit policies are good. It is a company that makes money.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Too many generals. Prefer to throw people at a need rather than technology which leads to too many opinions and analysis paralysis.

    Advice to Management

    Improve technology. Stop micro managing. Trust your employees. Get rid of deadwood as there is a lot of it. Keep improving products.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Acquisition by MSCI is a bid culture clash. It's much more rigid, less entrepreneurial, more bureaucratic and less fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSCI

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are extremely smart, dedicated, curious, and humble and relaxed. That is changing with MSCI merger, but that legacy won't die too easily. You are given the opportunity to run with your ideas. Th culture is flat, and fun and relaxed, even thought it's Wall St.

    Cons

    Cost cutting is so aggressive and arbitrary that it canibalizes growth in business lines that really ought to be growing. Lots of big promises that are consistently broken. The pay is significantly below average. Flat structure often means there are too many cooks to move things forward. Emphasis on being respectful and empathetic, means that incompetent, conniving people who are also pretty nice guys, get promoted. MSCI does not and will not recognize how much the culture keeps us loyal, and there is a massive exodus of talent which has begun and will not abate anytime soon

    Advice to Management

    Pay people better. Judge businesses by their results rather than their mangers' charm offensives. And ensure that MSCI doesn;t do to RiskMetrics what they did to Barra, (gut the culture superimpose a one-size fits all strategy, and subsequently trigger a year-on-year reduction in revenue and earnings.)


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